Graham Iddon

  • May 20, 2014 Becoming a Collector II

    By: Graham Iddon


    Acrylic and mylar envelopes will keep bills flat, dry and away from acids
    So now you’ve decided that collecting currency is far more fascinating than collecting 14th Century Flemish altar paintings and have begun to accumulate some items. Good for you, those paintings are a bother to dust and currency is far easier to take care of.
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  • May 12, 2014 Becoming a Collector I

    By: Graham Iddon


    You never know what’s in your coin tray at home!
    Collecting things is a very common human urge. Be they matchbooks, pop bottles or 17th century Flemish altar paintings, owning large numbers of the same type of thing is a fascinating pastime for many of us.
    Content Type(s): Blog
  • May 2, 2014 The Adventure of Exhibit Planning III

    By: Graham Iddon


    Proposed back models by Charles Comfort for the 1954 Bank of Canada series
    During the planning stages stamping the word ‘final’ on any given aspect of a travelling exhibition can seem less of a directive and more of an overly optimistic suggestion.
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  • April 3, 2014 Museum Reconstruction - Part 1

    By: Graham Iddon


    Lobby and Gallery 1 of the Currency Museum: the gift shop is closed
    In early February, a small group from the Bank’s Communications Department booked a brief tour of the main floor and first basement at the Wellington Street head office. It’s still in the demolition phase of the renovation.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Planning
  • March 20, 2014 Cleveland Museum of Art, Part 2

    By: Graham Iddon


    Visitors interact with the ‘Collection Wall’ in its collection view mode
    Upon entering Gallery One, you may see somebody standing on one leg and waving her arms in front of a flat screen. Should we call security? Nope. Here’s what happens next: a camera takes a picture of her, digitally compares the image to images stored in the museum’s collection, and comes back with an image of an artwork that most resembles this pose.
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  • March 12, 2014 Cleveland Museum of Art, Part 1

    By: Graham Iddon


    New wing and entrance of the Cleveland Museum of Art
    One of our museum development team and his partner chose to spend part of their Christmas holiday in sunny Cleveland. It wasn’t for the beaches that they went to the rusty shores of Erie but to enjoy one of the most advanced interactive museum experiences available anywhere.
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  • February 14, 2014 We’re the Currency Museum, not the Mint

    By: Graham Iddon


    Royal Canadian Mint exterior view
    If we had a nickel for every time people asked questions like that, we’d have… Well, I suppose we have roughly that number of nickels already; we have a long history as a currency museum after all. When the museum was open, somebody would ask a similar question several times a week.
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  • January 31, 2014 The Adventure of Exhibit Planning II

    By: Graham Iddon


    RCMP Musical Ride on the back of the 1979 $50 bill
    As ideas and themes began to emerge from the research, the brainstorms and the content meetings, our next touring exhibition began taking on a tangible form. One of the first pieces of that research involved filming interviews with two significant Canadian bank note engravers: Yves Baril and Jorge Peral.
    Content Type(s): Blog
  • January 27, 2014 Musée de l’Amérique francophone

    By: Graham Iddon


    Musée de l’Amérique francophone on Côte de la Fabrique
    Down the slope behind the City Hall of old Québec, attached to the 17th century Séminaire de Québec, stands a beautifully curved Québec Neoclassical façade housing the Musée de l’Amérique francophone. Ironically, given the building’s history, much of the Musée’s collection (acquired as early as 1806 when it was the museum of the seminary) is scientific in nature.
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  • January 20, 2014 The Adventure of Exhibit Planning

    By: Graham Iddon


    Voices from the Engraver / La gravure : un art à découvrir
    With the new year, we are right on schedule for developing our next travelling exhibition. Voices from the Engraver is number two in a planned set of travelling exhibitions that will keep our metaphorical doors open for Canadians while renovation keeps our physical doors closed.
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