Opening Doors

This past weekend, Banting House NHSC participated in Doors Open London, which is a program that promotes visitation to London’s heritage sites and hidden gems. This unique opportunity is especially interesting for local individuals, who can get out and explore sites that they have always wanted to experience.  The program began in 2002, when the […]

New Beginnings at Banting House

Hello everyone! My name is Jenna Philbrick and I am thrilled to be beginning my first week as a Graduate Research Assistant at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada. I’m currently completing my M.A. in Public History at Western University, but I am originally from Niagara (Where Dr. Banting worked and trained at Niagara […]

Banting House Goes International

This summer, Banting House has hosted a large number of people from across the globe. From the remote northern Canadian territories to tourists from as far afield as the Chatham Islands of New Zealand, they have all come to visit the house where the idea of insulin was born.  And while this is certainly great […]

The Youth of Bill Banting

This summer, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to work at the Banting House National Historic Site archives. We are working to get all of the documents preserved in the archives entered into our digital fonds system, allowing researchers to more easily access our collection of materiel. Part of the job includes creating a short […]

Dr. Banting’s Trophy

For this entry, I would like to make brief change of subject before delving back into commemorating the Flame of Hope’s 30th anniversary. Last year, as I was examining Dr. Banting’s military career for the centennial of the First World War, I came across numerous references to the machine gun that he managed to bring […]

Designing Hope

We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the kindling of the Flame of Hope at Banting House National Historic Site this year, so I have decided to add on to my previous comments about the Flame. This entry is more concerned with the design […]

A Burning Hope

Despite the efforts of individuals like Dr. Frederick Grant Banting, Dr. Charles Herbert Best, Dr. James Bertram Collip and Dr. John James Rickard Macleod nearly a century ago, the quest to conquer diabetes marches ever on wards. And as medical researchers the world over attempt to better understand and cure the disease, we here at Banting […]