May is Museum Month Contest Winners!

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May is Museum Month Contest Winners! Over the course of the May we gave away 10 family admission passes to Glanmore National Historic Site in Belleville, ON and Lang Pioneer Village in Keene, ON in three separate drawings. Entries were gathered from likes and shares of our Facebook contest posts.  Here is video of the

Staff Pick Video: Harp Lute

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Watch Weekend Receptionist, Mary Jane, as she describes her artifact pick: a mid-19th century harp lute from the Couldery collection. [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrIjngIyKCg[/youtube] This artifact is an ebonized harp-lute with gilt tracery in a floral decoration with 14 strings. The harp-lute is also called the dital harp. An invention of Edward Light of London in

Staff Pick Video: Stereographoscope

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Watch Education and Marketing Coordinator, Melissa, as she describes her artifact pick: a stereographoscope from the Regional Collection. The stereographoscope was a very popular household item in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1900 it is estimated that every household would have had a stereoscope. The bottom section with two lenses is the stereoscope, used

Staff Pick Video: Charcoal Iron

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Watch as Museum Technician, Dave, talks about his pick: a late 19th century charcoal iron. This artifact is a charcoal iron from the late 19th century. The charcoal iron is a self-heating iron that allows for continuous use. Unlike the sadiron, which was heated externally on a stove and which required frequent stops to switch

Staff Pick Video: Imari Charger

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Watch Administrative and Collections Assistant, Danielle, as she describes her artifact pick: an imari charger circa 1700 from the Couldery collection. This artifact is a Japanese white porcelain circular plate with ornate hand-pained floral decoration in blue and yellow. Porcelain was rare and as such was a status symbol for wealthy Europeans. Chinese porcelain dominated

Conservation of Artifacts at Queen’s University

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Conservation of Artifacts at Queen’s University The Master of Arts Conservation Program at Queen’s University in Kingston celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. This program trains students in the conservation and repair of paintings, paper and objects. Students work on artifacts from museums and galleries, and sometimes private individuals. Glanmore National Historic Site  has been