All content in this post was sourced directly from the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa, from their newsletter from May 6th, 2010. This post is not my own words, I just wanted to spread the news!
On behalf of our member museums, the Ottawa Museum Network would like to thank the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their continued support of Ottawa’s local museums and heritage community. This “Top Ten” list highlights just a few of the successful projects and accomplishments that have been made possible as a result of the generous funding provided by our supporters.
1. Nepean Museum is proud to announce that they were successful in obtaining an $8,700 grant from the Museum and Technology Fund Grant from the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Tourism and Culture. This grant will be used to support the conversion of the museum’s website to a content management system.
2. With the assistance of Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability, Billings Estate National Historic Site undertook several accessibility projects in April. Regarding existing paths, establishing new paths, and creating a new accessible parking spot and drop-off area will enable visitors with mobility impairments to gain better access to various areas of the site, while maintaining the heritage aesthetic of the grounds and museum.
3. The Diefenbunker Museum received $18,000 from Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture through the Museum and Technology Fund. This grant will be directed into a Visitor Management System- a hardware and software product that will integrate all of the museum’s revenue streams (admissions, tours, rentals, memberships, food sales, museum shop inventory and sales) and statistics while also allowing visitors to book tickets and purchase store items online.
4. As a legacy project for this year’s 150th anniversary, Watson’s Mill developed a Discovery Walking Tour of Historic Dickinson Square, available in both official languages, both in print form and audio guide. Developed to support a series of interpretive exterior signage on the property, these self guiding tours will enable visitors to learn more about the buildings and people of Dickinson Square, as well as the village of Manotick. The Discovery Walking Tour was launched at the Season Opening of the Mill on Saturday, May 1st.
5. Local artisans and craftspeople of Goulbourn exhibited and participated in a sale of fine arts on Sunday April 25th at the Goulbourn Museum. The 1st annual Spring Art Show and Sale, curated by pencil artist/teacher Sheila Cain-Sample, featured one-of-a-kind paintings, drawings, textiles and jewelry. This successful partnership between Goulbourn’s artists and the Museum provides an opportunity for the community to both view and purchase these unique, locally-made works of art.
6. The Bytown Museum was privileged to host ‘Open Windows: An exhibit of photographic work by fourteen tenants of supportive housing in Ottawa‘ from April 22 to 25, 2010. The project was a collaborative venture between tenants of supportive housing in Ottawa, HousingPlus the Ottawa Supportive Housing Network, and the School of Psychology and the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. The vernissage, held at the Bytown Museum on April 22, drew close to 200 people.
7. On April 10th the Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum hosted their 6th Annual “Art Show and Tea“, to showcase the talents of the local artists and crafts people. The event was well attended and there were twelve artists displaying their works which included painting, textile art, bronze work and wood carving.
8. On April 9th, the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum participated in an educational outreach at the Devonshire Community Public School. The theme for this activity “A day in the life of Devonshire 1910” commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Devonshire school. Over 300 children from kindergarten to grade 6, participated in the activity . Museum staff and volunteers presented artifacts, pictures and archival materials from the museum’s own schoolhouse, SS no 1.
9. More than 250 people made their way to Pinhey’s Point Historic Site on Easter weekend for Eggsposé. Families had the chance to try dyeing eggs using home-made vegetable dyes and weaving paper baskets, which they then used for an outdoor Easter egg hunt. Positive feedback and increased attendance over 2009 show that Pinhey’s is growing in popularity year round.
10. The Sugar Festival came to an end in April. The Muséopark hosted a number of activities, one of which was the Soupe Splash. The Soupe Splash brought together a number of restaurants to participate in a friendly maple soup competition. The event was a huge success as we welcomed more than 140 people.
Congratulations to all of these museums on their initiative and achievements! And thanks to the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa for recognizing the successes of the Ottawa Museum Network.