Featured Exhibition

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Each year we offer several temporary exhibitions presenting a variety of topics. Visit the upcoming exhibitions schedule to learn more about what is booked to be on display, or view our list of past exhibitions to see what we have previously hosted. 

Please note that this exhibition is has been made available in a digital format and can be viewed by visiting the Peterborough Museum & Archives' Facebook page. At this time, the Museum is scheduled to re-open to the public on June 1st

A Tale of Two Twenties: Peterborough in the 1920s & Now

This exhibit was developed by the 2019-2020 students in Fleming College's Museum Management & Curatorship (MMC) program, in partnership with the Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA). 

With the year 2020 upon us, reflect back on what the world – and our community – was like 100 years ago. Although many things have changed, just as much can be viewed as remaining the same. Topics in this exhibit include how things like infrastructure, lifestyle, social attitudes, and Indigenous relations have changed from the 1920s compared to today.

Kylie Robins is one of the MMC students responsible for this exhibition. She explains how the class organized their planning and research. "At the beginning of the year, we addressed [and researched] prominent topics, ranging from entertainment to fashion to unions to architecture and more. We then determined an overarching topic and several subtopics that our research fit into, that work to showcase the point we were trying to make." Robins goes on to explain the importance of including an Indigenous perspective, not only on display in the exhibit, but also throughout their planning process, "[...] through our partnership with the Curve Lake Cultural Centre, we tell the story of Indigenous people during this decade and the years that follow, since the innovation and glamour that the 1920s had for people in cities was not the reality for Indigenous people, and did not represent life on the reservations." 

Each year, the MMC students work towards curating their own exhibition, researched on-site at the PMA, using artifacts and archival images from our very own collection. The culmination of their efforts is put on a display in the spring after installing their exhibition in the Museum's temporary gallery space, the Heideman Room. However, this year was an exception given the Museum's closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure our community – and the public at-large – have an opportunity to see this exhibition, the decision was made to post the students' work to the Peterborough Museum & Archives' Facebook page

The 2019-2020 MMC class would like to acknowledge and thank the following sponsors who helped make this exhibit a reality (presented in no particular order):

Curve Lake Cultural Centre                     • David's Tea                                       • The Peterborough Museum & Archives
Trent Valley Archives                               • Lang Pioneer Village Museum      • The City of Peterborough
Peterborough Petes                                 • The Garnet                                        • Oshawa Museum
Dart Heating and Air Conditioning        • The Canadian Canoe Museum      • Clarington Museum & Archives