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Glanmore National Historic Site to Reopen March 15

Glanmore National Historic Site to Reopen March 15

The City of Belleville’s Glanmore National Historic Site will reopen to visitors on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, just in time for March Break activities.  The museum was closed for several weeks while work was done to repair and restore floor areas in the historic building.  A new carpet, a reproduction of the original 1883 Wilton carpet, was custom manufactured in the United Kingdom and installed on the grand staircase as well as in the reception room, main and upper halls.

In addition to the results of the restoration, when Glanmore reopens museum visitors will be treated to three new exhibitions for the spring of 2016.

On the museum’s second floor a small display will highlight a few photographs and artifacts from the history of the Belleville Fire and Emergency Services.  Glanmore staff is working in partnership with Belleville Fire to develop a full size exhibit which on this topic which will go on display at Station No. 1 Fire Hall later this year.

Historically significant surveying instruments, donated to Glanmore in 2015, will be featured on the main level of the museum.  These instruments were used by J.J. Haslett (1811-1878), an early surveyor responsible for many important surveys and mapping projects in Belleville and across Central and Eastern Ontario between 1842 and 1878.

A special travelling exhibition, Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada will be on display in the breakfast room on the main level.  Organized by the Canadian Museum of History, in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre, this two-dimensional exhibit features photographs, interviews, press clippings, and journal entries from Terry’s inspiring 143-day, 5,300 kilometre journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Terry never completed his run across Canada but his courageous heart and determination made a huge impact.  Visitors to the exhibition will explore the deep affection Canadians have for Terry and see how he continues to inspire us. Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada will be on display at Glanmore until May 5, 2016.

The museum will be open from 10 am to 4:30 pm, March 15 to 18 in order to accommodate March Break visitors.   Families can explore the historic house; see the carpet restoration; play the artifact hunt game; and discover a true Canadian Hero in the travelling exhibition Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada.   Regular museum hours, Tuesday to Sunday from 1 to 4:30 pm will resume on Saturday, March 19, 2016.  For more information about Glanmore visit www.glanmore.ca or call 613-962-2329.

Melissa Wakeling has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. Melissa works as Education and Marketing Coordinator at Glanmore National Historic Site in Belleville, Ontario.