Collecting and Connecting

Curatorial blog from the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

Brad in the Blue Contraption

Access, the Body, and the Great Outdoors

Brad Zdanivsky is a climber living in Vancouver. In 1995, he was involved in a car accident which left him quadriplegic. In this interview, he shares his 10-year journey of regaining access to the great outdoors, and climbing the 1700-foot vertical wall of the Squamish Chief,
The trailer with its orginal owners. (Credit: MacLaren Family)

The story that changed my mind

Collecting is about connecting across time and space. We use our knowledge and our networks to seek out objects that embody important stories in the history of science and technology in Canada. But sometimes, when we don’t even know we should be looking for it, an object finds us and forces us to look beyond our established collecting priorities to discover a genuine treasure.
Figure 5. Iron works in the Georg Fischer Iron Library

"Get thee to a Nunnery" : Finding the History of Metallurgy in a Monastery

Although the history of Canadian metallurgy is of national significance, our collection in this area is rather small. Before, I could decide what to collect, I needed to gain a better understanding of the subject. Therefore in June 2015, I travelled to the Georg Fischer Iron Library in Switzerland where I spent three weeks as a Scholar-in-Residence. I researched the history of metallurgy, and the technology transfer between Europe and Canada.

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