An Intern’s Journey: Chapter 1; Who am I?

Hello everyone! My name is Kat MacDonald and I’ll be working at Banting House National Historic Site as an intern for the summer! I am currently completing my M.A in Public History at Western University. I am originally from Kingston and completed my B.A (Hons.) in History and German Studies at Queen’s University. Prior to... Continue Reading →

The Visitors Make the Experience

As an emerging museum professional, my favorite place to be is in the collections. I enjoy working with old artifacts, examining them, treasuring them, and keeping them safe for years to come. Whenever I am given the choice to work on a project within the collections, my friends and colleagues will always find me with... Continue Reading →

What is Diabetes: A Museum with Meaning

In my first week as the new summer student at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, I was surprised by how little I knew about diabetes. I had a general understanding of what it was and because it did not affect me personally, that was all I remembered. What little I know (thanks to... Continue Reading →

Banting’s Books for World Book Day

For World Book day, we thought we would dig up one of Banting's books. Although there are many to choose from, his Fellowship Examination Papers booklet can provide some inspiration. In 1918, Frederick Banting took the examinations in the hope of joining the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Unfortunately, it didn't go so well... Continue Reading →

Banting’s Bed

This week I've been cataloging some of the items that belonged to Sir Frederick Banting when he lived at 442 Adelaide Street, now known as Banting House National Historic Site of Canada. I found some really neat stories on how some of these objects came to be a part of the collection at Banting House as... Continue Reading →

Giving Objects Meaning

When is a chair more than a chair? What good is a graduated cylinder outside of a science lab? Using objects is a great way to build stories in museums. They are part of what separates museums from textbooks and non-fiction writing; they give visitors something tangible to look at and connect to when they... Continue Reading →

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