Graham Iddon

  • January 27, 2014

    Musée de l’Amérique francophone

    By: Graham Iddon


    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • January 20, 2014

    The Adventure of Exhibit Planning

    By: Graham Iddon


    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Exhibitions
  • January 14, 2014

    Our Year Ahead

    By: Graham Iddon


    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): About Us
  • December 2, 2013

    The McCord Museum Visit

    By: Graham Iddon


    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • November 25, 2013

    We Drop into Pointe-à-Callière in Montréal

    By: Graham Iddon


    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • November 12, 2013

    The Last of the New Polymer Notes are Released

    By: Graham Iddon


    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): News & Events
  • November 5, 2013

    A Visit to Centre des sciences de Montréal

    By: Graham Iddon


    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • October 7, 2013

    The Cases are Almost Empty

    By: Graham Iddon


    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • September 24, 2013

    Curators Begin Removal of Artifacts

    By: Graham Iddon


    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • September 6, 2013

    First Artifacts to Leave the Museum: And they were big

    By: Graham Iddon


    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection