The Road to Designation

Did you know that it took Banting House three tries to become designated by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada as a National Historic Site? A National Historic Site of Canada is a place that has “direct association with a nationally significant aspect of Canadian history.” An average of 70 new sites are […]

Frederick Banting ‘s Only Child

A question a lot of guests have been asking lately is: did Frederick Banting ever have any children? The answer to that question is yes! He had a son named William “Bill” Banting with his first wife, Marion Robertson. Bill Banting lived a very interesting life that I’ve been learning more about through documents in […]

Dr. Henrietta Banting

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, I thought we’d take a moment to look at a woman who had a large impact not only on Sir Frederick Banting’s life but also on the the field of medicine. Henrietta Ball was born in Rock Island, Quebec in 1912. In 1932, she received an undergraduate degree in […]

Behind the Scenes of Collections Management

Collections management involves everything that is done to safeguard artifacts during their life at a museum. This includes preventative conservation that works to identify and fix conditions that may lead to future harm of an artifact. If you visited Banting House NHSC in the last few weeks you may have seen the new small white devices […]


Walking into this internship I had no idea what to expect as I had never worked in a museum before. It has turned out to be a fantastic experience! I’ve learned a lot about Sir Frederick Banting’s life, his discoveries and passions, his schooling and his military adventures. The opportunity to interact with those directly […]

Exciting New Acquisition

Two weeks ago we received an amazing collection of items from a member of the Banting family! It consists of three boxes and one envelope that contain books, photographs, letters, and so much more. I’ve been slowly making my way through all of the items and I thought I’d share with you a few of […]

Translating Dear Dr. Banting Letters

Recently, I’ve been busy translating the Dear Dr. Banting letters left by our visitors. These letters follow the tradition of letters expressing gratitude that were sent to Banting after his discovery of insulin from individuals all over the world. Visitors stand in the bedroom where Banting came up with his idea for insulin in 1920 […]