• History by Addition: Telling More Stories to Confront the Past

    by  • August 14, 2014 • 1 Comment

    Greetings from New York! I’ve been here for most of the summer, doing an internship with NYC Parks’ Monuments Conservation Program.  The city’s beautiful green spaces are strewn with the continent’s largest outdoor art collection.  We get to keep the stone clean, the bronze waxed, and the people happy.  Or do we? The biggest...

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    Problems with Progress

    by  • March 10, 2014 • 0 Comments

    One of the greatest challenges in heritage is that culturally significant places mean so many different things to people.  Buildings act as symbols, as bearers of meaning.  Even purely functional structures play an aesthetic role in representing something.  That something is different for every person.  Cultural geographer Yi-Fu Tuan talks about topophilia; the idea...

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    Pushing Back

    by  • February 4, 2014 • 0 Comments

    In the last post I suggested we’re a post-industrial society, fuelled by consumption, lost in time and space.  As a result, the most materially wealthy generation ever is unhappy, unsatisfied and dislocated.  If our world continually obscures where and when we are, is it not progressively obscuring who we are?  Thankfully we’re aware of...

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    Part II: A Generation Unsatisfied

    by  • December 16, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The supermarket conquers both space and time!

    Each generation of heritage practitioners is coloured by the world they inhabit.  In Part I I looked at the early 20th century, and how consumption and production were tied to identity, often as notions of progress.  In this entry I’ll explore what world my generation was born into.   Part II My generation has...

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    Part I: A Generation Unsatisfied

    by  • November 13, 2013 • 2 Comments

    Each generation of heritage practitioners is coloured by the world they inhabit.  In this two part entry I’ll explore what that world is for tomorrow’s generation, and how we got there.   Part I On January 5th 1914, Henry Ford more than doubled his employees’ wages to $5 a day.  And so the project...

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    Terrazzo floors that just ain’t old enough and Public-Private-Partnerships: New Challenges for Heritage

    by  • October 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Last year, Willowbank students were fortunate to have conservation consultant Keith Blades take us on a site tour of the St Thomas Consolidated Courthouse.  The project will see the old Elgin County Courthouse and Land Registry Office incorporated into an expanded state of the art facility.  Students encountered first hand the challenges and decisions...

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    Queenston Alive

    by  • October 6, 2013 • 1 Comment


    Would it be going out on a limb to suggest that the Stone Festival was the biggest party Queenson’s seen since the War of 1812 ended?  Maybe so.  But after months of preparation, it was a pleasure to see such a successful event in our own backyard.  The weekend featured something for everyone: Those...

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    New Kid on the Blog

    by  • September 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

                As the plinking of chinking chisels gives way to the evening’s crickets, the sun sets on Willowbank’s first week of the school year.  I’m David, the Social Media Fellow for the 2013/14 year and welcome to my first blog!  I’ll be writing weekly throughout the year, musing on...

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