Collecting and Connecting
Curatorial blog from the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
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,
In medicine and science today we take the use of gloves for granted.…
In June 2015, as the migrant crisis intensified on the Mediterranean,…
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.
Throughout my travels across Canada - purposed to interview veterans of the mining, metallurgy and petroleum sectors, one of the questions I asked was: How present (or absent) were women in the workplace?
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.