Graham Iddon

  • January 14, 2014 Our Year Ahead

    By: Graham Iddon


    Our Canada Day Big Top Farewell / Les fabuleux adieux du Musée
    We here at the Currency Museum hope you had a fabulous holiday season. We know we did, though maybe a little too fabulous for some of us. As we crossed over into the New Year we had a chance to reflect on the year that had just passed. 2013 presented our team with some pretty big challenges and some tough goodbyes, but it also had some great new adventures and exciting new initiatives.
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  • December 2, 2013 The McCord Museum Visit

    By: Graham Iddon


    McCord Museum permanent exhibit, Montréal - Points of View / Montréal - Points de vue, une exposition permanente du Musée McCord
    While visiting bigger institutions in Montréal, the museum planning team decided to drop into the McCord Museum and take a look at the ways they are using tablets and apps in their exhibition spaces.
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  • November 25, 2013 We Drop into Pointe-à-Callière in Montréal

    By: Graham Iddon


    Image from ‘Yours Truly, Montréal' multimedia show / Vestiges sur lesquels le spectacle multimédia Signé Montréal est projeté; remarquez la date
    During two trips to Montréal this past July, as part of our ongoing program of museum tours, the planning team visited the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History at Pointe-à-Callière near the old city waterfront.
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  • November 12, 2013 The Last of the New Polymer Notes are Released

    By: Graham Iddon


    New Canadian Cash Unveiled From Orbit
    On 7 November, the Bank of Canada released the new five and ten dollar bills into circulation. I won’t say ‘released onto an unsuspecting public’ as the official introduction to the new bills took place last April in a big event in front of the former Museum featuring a live presentation by Chris Hadfield beamed from the International Space Station.
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  • November 5, 2013 A Visit to Centre des sciences de Montréal

    By: Graham Iddon


    The Montréal Science Centre building at 2 Rue de la Commune Ouest / L’édifice du Centre des sciences de Montréal situé au 2, rue de la Commune Ouest
    Twice this past July, members of the museum planning team took the train to Montréal to have a look at some of the excellent museums there.
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  • October 7, 2013 The Cases are Almost Empty

    By: Graham Iddon


    Curator Raewyn Passmore removes coins from shipwreck display / La conservatrice Raewyn Passmore retire les pièces de monnaie d’un présentoir d’objets tirés d’une épave
    For the first time since they went into their cases in 1980, over 2000 coins, notes, beads and shells are coming back out. The Museum’s curatorial staff are busily pulling panels from cases, placing coins into specially prepared drawers and sliding notes into acid-free Mylar envelopes.
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  • September 24, 2013 Curators Begin Removal of Artifacts

    By: Graham Iddon


    Collections team removes panel from case
    The doors were barely closed following Big Top Farewell event before Chief Curator Paul Berry and his team began emptying display cases that had been sealed shut since 1980. The biggest task involved removing more than 2500 bank notes from the room we knew as Gallery 8.
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  • September 6, 2013 First Artifacts to Leave the Museum: And they were big

    By: Graham Iddon


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    Before the museum closed for renovations on 2 July, technicians began to remove the heavier artifacts in late May. First to go was the strong box. Built of ¼” thick welded steel plates, this trunk was used by the Bank of Upper Canada in Toronto between 1821 and 1866.
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  • August 26, 2013 Big Top Farewell, a Big Success

    By: Graham Iddon


    The Penny Mosaic / La mosaïque de sous noirs
    It was farewell to the Currency Museum as we know it this past Canada Day. Our annual 1 July event was circus-themed this year, featuring children’s games, clowns, balloon sculptures and ice cream.
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  • June 21, 2013 Farewell to the Currency Museum c.1980

    By: Graham Iddon


    Penny Mosaic at entrance / Mosaïque de pièces d'un cent à l'entrée
    The roots of the Currency Museum go back to 1959 when the then Governor of the Bank of Canada, James Coyne, proposed the idea of establishing a currency collection that would reflect the colourful monetary history of Canada. By the time the go-ahead was given in 1963 by Coyne’s successor, Louis Rasminsky, the collection’s mandate had been expanded to include world monetary history, banking and production artifacts and a numismatic library.
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