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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

No, this post isn’t about a wedding but that old saying works equally as well for our new permanent exhibit leading into the Nonsuch Gallery! Despite the fact that the Nonsuch is one of our biggest attractions at the museum, some people were missing it entirely due to some poorly positioned carpet arrows and a drab entryway.  Last fall I sat down with our amazing designer Stephanie Whitehouse to figure…

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1916: Votes for (Some) Women

The Manitoba Museum is planning an exhibit called “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote”, opening in November, 2015, commemorating the Suffragist movement in Manitoba.  The exhibit will also discuss some of the ways Manitoba and Canada have struggled to provide full voting rights for all its citizens.   History is never neat and tidy, and the history of the franchise (the right to vote) in Canada is about as messy…

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Scientific Jargon: Translated

While proofreading a scientific journal article I recently wrote, I found myself thinking “wow, this is really boring!” Scientists always write their journal articles in technical, impartial terms so as to sound as objective as possible. That’s part of the reason why scientific conferences are so enjoyable; you often get an opportunity to find out about the real problems scientists encountered while trying to conduct their field research. That got me…

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Was there a Suffragist in your family?

The Manitoba Museum is currently working on an exhibit that will open in November 2015. “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote”, named after a statement by former Manitoba Premier Sir Rodmond Roblin, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the right to vote for women in the province in 2016.   We are looking for artefacts! Social and political movements don’t leave many objects behind. Things like banners, flags, and pamphlets are…

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What’s in a name? It Does Matter

An unexpected aspect that has caught my interest while cataloguing is the names of collectors and identifiers. For example, there are hundreds of beetles in the museum’s entomology collection. Many of these insects were collected and identified in the 1920’s and 30’s by G.S. Brooks and J.B. Wallis, but also by R.A. Scrapneck, McKillop and Preston (both with initials W.B.), R.E. Wrigley and others in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s….

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