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HBC on the Web

There are a number of good sites to visit if you’re interested in learning more about the HBC but one of my favourite go-to sites is produced by some good colleagues of mine at HBC Heritage Services.  You can check it out here.


HBC Heritage Services Home screen

Screen grab from HBC Heritage Services home screen.


This website has a ton of information so I encourage you to take some time and explore it if you haven’t already.  Teachers and students should head to the Learning Centre where they will find numerous features specifically created  to complement curriculum across the country.  The rest of the site, which is easy to navigate, is full of informative articles about HBC history.  Much of the content is supplied by Joan Murray, the Corporate Historian for HBC Heritage Services, and she’s based out of the HBC’s head office in Toronto.  Joan knows a lot about the company’s history and material culture, and she’s always willing to help out a newbie like me.*

I was pretty excited when Joan and her team approached me for some assistance with their website.  They wanted to showcase some of the amazing artefacts from the HBC Museum Collection in the Artifact Gallery of their Learning Centre.  I was able to provide them with some nice photos and captions and they took it from there, here’s a teaser but to see the full gallery click here.


Learning Centre

Screen grab from HBC Heritage Service’s Learning Centre


Artifact Gallery

One of the artefacts from the HBC Museum Collection housed here at TMM.

I’ve been really fortunate to work with great people like Joan during my first year as a Curator, and I look forward to future collaborations with her and others.  In fact, my next two blog posts will be about collaborations with some other fantastic institutions.  Stay tuned!

* I can still play the “new” card until I hit my official one-year anniversary with TMM (September 3rd!).


Dr. Amelia Fay

Curator of HBC Collection

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Amelia Fay joined The Manitoba Museum in September 2013. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba, an MA in Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), and recently completed her Doctoral degree from MUN. Amelia’s research has focused on Inuit-European contact along the Labrador coast, and her interests are continually expanding to explore Indigenous-European contact throughout Canada during the fur trade era.

Amelia’s job as Curator of the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection involves building the collection, responding to public inquiries, preparing exhibits, and conducting her own research.  Her research interests centre on the interactions between Europeans (including HBC employees) and Indigenous peoples as they negotiated space, material culture, and their daily activities.  Amelia’s goal is to showcase this amazing collection, and highlight the important role that Indigenous people played in the establishment of the Hudson’s Bay Company.