Collecting and Connecting
Curatorial blog from the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
This story follows the Museum’s recent acquisition of a Cirkut Panoramic Camera. It will be told in five parts with the collaboration of Karen Ball-Pyatt from the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History, Kitchener Public Library.
Our three national museums, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum released our first open data sets on the Government of Canada’s Open Data Portal in November of last year. With the second annual Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) Hackathon fast approaching, the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation is looking forward to seeing the creative, surprising ways coders across the country will mash up data sets to create useful applications for Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
For 2014, my colleagues and I set about collecting technologies that related to building families and creating communities.
Our guide points to a pink portable toilet, as I make a mental list of technologies that I want to acquire to document everyday life at a Fly-in Fly-out oil sands camp in Northern Alberta.
When collecting artefacts, museums strive to document them as much a possible. The information thus gathered will allow future researchers to better understand the history of each object and the context surrounding its use. This kind of research connects us to many people and institutions across the country.
Knowing that Harrison’s was closing, he paid them a visit and asked if they had any objects that they might be willing to part with for a reasonable price. They took him into the basement and showed him the deviascope. It was wrapped in newspapers from 1912 suggesting it had languished there for some time.