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Love Thy Nonsuch

We’ve got a lot going on at The Manitoba Museum these days, Trees of Life recently opened, WRAPPED: The Mummy of Pesed will open on October 25th, but with all this excitement part of me really feels for our permanent exhibits.  I know, exhibits don’t have feelings so there is probably no jealousy brewing between the old exhibits and new, but I’ve always been torn between my beloved treasures and the new shiny things put before me.  Think back to when you got a new toy/book/car/fancy electronic device, did you ever feel bad for your older ones?  No?  Just me then…

Fortunately Museum staff have come up with just the right thing to help me cope with these feelings of betrayal, a month-long celebration of one of everyone’s favourite museum treasures: the Nonsuch!

November is Love Thy Nonsuch month, presented by Gendis Inc.

Ship (full)

Why November?  Well, November 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of her arrival here at The Manitoba Museum!

Anyone who loves the ship should be sure to keep your weekends open for these exciting events:

  • Public talks every Saturday & Sunday at 2pm in the Nonsuch Gallery
  • Nonsuch tours, including access to the often off-limits hold area
  • Costumed interpreters throughout the Nonsuch Gallery interpreting the fur trade era

All programming is included with regular admission to the Museum Galleries!

I will be opening up the celebrations with a public talk on the history of the Nonsuch on November 2nd, at 2pm.  All are welcome to attend and I promise to keep you enthralled by the fascinating history of the original ship that helped set the fur trade in motion.  It’s not just a pretty pirate-ship look-alike, its got a story of its own to tell!

So after you’ve come down to see Trees of Life and WRAPPED make a plan to come back, bring the whole family, and get (re)acquainted with your Nonsuch.

Can’t make it down but still want to show your love?  Why not Adopt an Artefact!

We’ve recently added a number of items from the Nonsuch that you could symbolically “adopt” and help support our conservation efforts to keep this beauty for generations to come!  Click here to see what’s up for adoption.

Nonsuch Ketch

Don’t forget to say hello to the shallop too!


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.