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Books about Canadian Museums across the country, exploring collections and interrogating what museums and archives mean.
Treasuring the Tradition

Treasuring the Tradition

The Story of the Military Museums
edition:Paperback

The Military Museums in Calgary, Alberta is Western Canada’s only tri-service museum and military education centre. Containing the regimental museums of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), The King’s Own Calgary Regiment, and the Calgary Highlanders along with the Naval, Army, and Air Force Museums of Alberta, The Military Museums welcome over 10 000 visitors each year.

This is the story of how The Military Museums came to b …

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Craigdarroch Castle in 21 Treasures

Craigdarroch Castle in 21 Treasures

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Told in 21 objects—including furnishings, artwork, and tools—this approachable museum guide takes readers into the family history, local lore, and oddities of one of Victoria's most famous landmarks.

Craigdarroch Castle, built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir for his wife, Joan, and their family, was completed in 1890. Following Joan's death, the castle was put up for sale in 1908, and later housed a military hospital and the nascent University of Victoria.

Since 1979 the castle has operated as a …

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The Idea of a Human Rights Museum

The Idea of a Human Rights Museum

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover

"The Idea of a Human Rights Museum" is the first book to examine the formation of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and to situate the museum within the context of the international proliferation of such institutions. Sixteen essays consider the wider political, cultural and architectural contexts within which the museum physically and conceptually evolved drawing comparisons between the CMHR and institutions elsewhere in the world that emphasize human rights and social justice.

This collectio …

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Voluntary Detours

Voluntary Detours

Small-Town and Rural Museums in Alberta
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook

After visiting hundreds of museums across Alberta, Lianne McTavish chronicles some of the most challenging and unexpected sites where the idea of the museum is being reshaped. The concept of the visit as a “voluntary detour” encapsulates the way visitors travel along backroads to find small-town and rural museums, as well as the agreement to turn away from standard museum scripts when they arrive.

Addressing themes of place, land, colonization, rurality, heritage, childhood, and play, McTavis …

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