Graham Iddon

  • September 8, 2014 Welcome to the New Website

    By: Graham Iddon


    “Responsive design” means that the website will re-arrange itself automatically to fit any device.
    “The what museum”? Yes, you heard right, we are bidding a fond farewell to the name that served us so well for over 30 years: the Currency Museum. The new name, the Bank of Canada Museum, was chosen months ago but we kept it a deep, dark secret until our new website went live.
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  • August 6, 2014 The Senior Deputy Governor’s Signature

    By: Graham Iddon


    Steven S. Poloz & Carolyn Wilkins
    For much of their history, Canadian bank notes have represented a promise, a guarantee that they could be redeemed for “specie” (gold and silver coins) at their parent institution.
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  • July 28, 2014 Becoming a Collector V

    By: Graham Iddon


    Visual glossary of design and security details of Canadian Bank Note: 2004, $20 face
    Suppose you walk into a bar frequented by currency collectors and in an attempt to join in you refer to a ‘planchette’ as a ‘rosette’ (beer mugs hit the tables and the pianist stops playing). This could be pretty humiliating and you’ll probably never be able to go to that bar again, at least not on numismatic night.
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  • July 21, 2014 Becoming a Collector IV

    By: Graham Iddon


    Visual glossary of design details of Canadian coins
    Now that you have a grasp of preservation techniques for coins, you might want to familiarize yourself with the finer points of their anatomy. It is all part of your numismatic education and besides, you need to be informed and sound informed when you are buying coins at flea markets or coin fairs.
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  • July 10, 2014 The Empress of Ireland Exhibition Opens

    By: Graham Iddon


    Entrance to the exhibition proper, cross the gangplank and board the Empress
    This past 29 May was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland and the natural evening to hold the opening event for Canada’s Titanic - The Empress of Ireland exhibition. A few hundred people filled the Grand Hall at the Canadian Museum of History to see the event, sip some wine and chat.
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  • July 7, 2014 Museum Reconstruction - Part 3

    By: Graham Iddon


    Bank of canada - Night
    Though naturally we are aware that the former Museum space is being gutted, the reality of seeing it empty is still pretty strange for most of us here. In the last blog of this series we showed you the empty cafeteria space that will become the new Museum, as well as some images of the old Museum as it was at the time: stuffed with odds and ends of exhibit cases, the occasional display still on the walls.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Planning
  • June 23, 2014 CENTimental Journey

    By: Graham Iddon


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    With all the blogging we’ve been doing for Voices from the Engraver, you’d think we had nothing else on our exhibition plate. We do, actually, and it’s called CENTimental Journey. This temporary exhibition, hosted at the Canadian Museum of History, walks you through more than 150 years of the Canadian 1 cent piece.
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  • June 16, 2014 Museum Reconstruction - Part 2

    By: Graham Iddon


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    We are coming up on a year since we closed the doors on the physical museum. During that year, we’ve worked very hard to make sure everybody knows that we are still a functioning museum and one that will be opening its doors again in a few years on a beautiful new space, with an expanded mission and mandate.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Planning
  • June 6, 2014 Becoming a Collector III

    By: Graham Iddon


    Money has a hard life and can get seriously deteriorated
    For you as the steward of your collection, your aim is to preserve the items as best as you can by protecting them from further deterioration. The pros call this preservation.
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  • May 26, 2014 The Adventure of Exhibit Planning IV

    By: Graham Iddon


    Canada’s first stamp, the 3 Pence Beaver, 1851
    This exhibition is about engravers, production processes and the beauty of postage stamps and bank notes. In the previous episode of this series we talked about the process surrounding securing the bank notes for this exhibition and how it had to take into account both the needs of the exhibition team and the concerns of the collections department.
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