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Marking WWI with a Travelling Exhibit

Timothy Humphries

As the official guardian of Ontario’s historical record, the Archives of Ontario is keenly aware that it must offer the public easy access to its vast and diverse holdings, and provide widespread opportunities to know more about our province’s rich and storied past. To this end, the Archives has long sought partnerships with museums, libraries, art and community centres – just about anyone, really, who values the Archives’ contributions to the life of the province – to collaborate on ways of disseminating this knowledge and maximizing the Archives’ outreach.

Have exhibit, will travel

One of the most effective collaborative tools continues to be the travelling exhibit. The Archives makes available 12 robust travelling exhibits. They consist of three to five panels that measure two and a half feet wide by seven feet high and provide contextual information, including images and maps. The topic of each exhibit may be thematic, such as sports in Ontario, or commemorative, such as World War I. They are offered completely free of charge, including shipping – you read that right – usually for periods of one to three months.

Travelling exhibits reaffirm and energize the Archives’ mandate in communities large and small, from Cornwall to Kenora and from Windsor to Moosonee. Since they act as a means to increase awareness of what the Archives has to offer, our travelling exhibits showcase and speak to our collections and resources.