2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary as a nation. We’ve taken this as an opportunity to look back at the history of the University of Toronto: its people, its research, its stories. We’re running two sesquicentenially themed projects. Our exhibit, “Untold Stories”, opened in April 2017 and runs until the spring of 2018. Using artifacts gathered from departments across the university–from crayfish collected from an Ontario lake to a geiger counter rescued from U of T’s SlowPoke reactor–the exhibit tells just a few of the thousands of stories U of T has produced. You can find “Untold Stories” in our exhibit [Read More...]
Our 2016-2017 exhibit, completed in collaboration with Museum Studies students, focused on artifacts related to the production of scientific knowledge at the University of Toronto. From university glassblowers, to artists producing instructional images, to university researchers building unique lab equipment, the exhibit examines the variety people and objects behind the university’s rich ‘making’ history. We interviewed a number of technicians and artists–you can listen to their stories by following the link below, or here, for videos of the The Makers of Scientific Materials at the University of Toronto. This exhibit is now closed (find our latest exhibit here). You can [Read More...]
The history of healthcare in Toronto covers an array of professions and subjects. It is preserved in a vast number of objects and documents. This exhibit offers a glimpse into Toronto’s medical past and presents a sample of objects from across the medical spectrum from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These items have been contributed by several university collections: the Fisher Rare Book Library, the University of Toronto Scientific Instrument Collection, and the collection of the Medical Alumni Association.