Heritage Fair

 Get hands-on interactive experience at workshops presented by local museums and heritage organizations. All activities are free and open to the public!

Saturday, February 13, 2016 


Central Library–251 Dundas St. 
*** FREE EVENT ***

 London is where we call home and the stories that inhabit our city come alive at the 2016 Heritage Fair. Get hands-on interactive experience at workshops presented by local museums and heritage organizations; join our lively and engaging panel of local history experts, learn about preserving and promoting photo collections at our afternoon session with Western University Archives. All activities are free and open to the public!



Hudson Bay Passageway

9:00am – 3:00pm


• Eldon House
• Museum London
• The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
• Dominion Public Building Project
• Public History Program, Western University
• SOHO Community Association
• Westminster Township Historical Society
• 1st Hussars Museum
• Hidden History of Hamilton Road
• London Room, London Public Library
• Ontario Genealogical Society, London Middlesex County Branch
• Old East Village Community Association
• Architectural Conservancy of Ontario - London Region
• Brick Street Cemetery
• Heritage London Foundation
• Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project
• Museum of Ontario Archaeology
• Western Archives
• 427 (London) Wing and The Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum
• Secrets of Radar Museum
• Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
• Planning Division, City of London
** Subject to Change



Stevenson & Hunt Room

Each speaker gets seven (7) minutes to discuss a topic based on their knowledge and experience. It will be a lively and dynamic look at the development of the Forest City.


Benign Neglect: How Art in London Gets Made, Herman Goodden, The London Yodeller

Building a History of London’s Architecture, Sandra Miller, Mid-Century Modern

All History is Local History, Hilary Neary, Local Historian

London: The Hole in the Doughnut, Dan Brock, Local Historian

Heritage Designation & Western’s Public History Program, Mike Dove, Public History Program, Western

Telling Our Story on Camera, Yvonne Drebert, Ontario Visual Heritage

 With special guest moderator, Greg Van Moorsel, Local News Editor, London Free Press


Stevenson & Hunt Room - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Preservation meets promotion when two Western University archivists show off Western’s photograph collections. Tom Belton will highlight projects to digitize Western’s London Free Press Collection, as well as display some of the university’s fragile glass and film negatives. Anne Daniel will outline the archive’s foray into social media, using photographs to promote community and campus engagement. Q&A to follow.


Tonda Room - 10:00am – 2:30pm

Drop in and explore four (4) different interactive, hands–on presentations by various museums and heritage organizations. Each activity will be approximately 45 minutes long and geared to all age groups

10:00am–10:45am The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum (RCR) 

Come play dress up with us! Young visitors will have the chance to dress up in historical military uniforms that members of The Royal Canadian Regiment have worn. You will also take home a printed sketch of a soldier dressed in a uniform. This program is designed for younger children.

While the kids are at play, adults can explore "Neighbourhood Heroes". Using an interactive map Londoners will search through their neighbourhoods and discover if they have lived near, beside, or in a home of a local soldier who was killed in action during the First World War. Each soldier will have a short biography of him/her available for their present-day neighbours to take home with them. This is activities is designed in the interest of adults.


11:15am–12:00pm Museum of Ontario Archaeology

How Archaeologists Know What They Know: This interactive workshop will introduce participants to how archaeologists understand sequences of time during excavations, and how they use this knowledge to recreate the history of the artifacts they find. Participants will also have the opportunity to handle real artifacts from right here in Southwestern Ontario. 

Context in Archaeology: To an archaeologist, context is everything. Our human past is found in archaeological remains, but we can’t learn a great deal from individual artifacts alone. Particularly those which were excavated improperly; for example, looted artifacts contain little to no context at all. Context is not just the place it was found, but the soil, the site type, and the layer the artifact came from. A properly excavated archaeological site can reveal scores of information such as who lived there, when they lived there, the environment they inhabited, their diet, health, beliefs, social organization, etc. Come explore the context of Archaeology during this workshop.  Fun for all ages.


12:30pm–1:15pm Fugitive Slave Chapel Restoration Project

Warm up those vocal chords and join in on this interactive sing-along of spirituals from the days of slavery.  This musical journey will be led by the pastor of Beth Emanuel Church, Rev. Dr. Delta McNeish. 

1:45pm–2:30pm Secrets of Radar Museum

A Veteran's Scrapbook: In 1991, after fifty years of secrecy, Second World War radar veterans were finally allowed to talk about what they did during the war. Many choose to create scrapbooks and memoirs to help share their stories with friends and families. Using facsimiles of original records, photographs, and documents from the Secrets of Radar Museum's permanent collection, you can create your own scrapbook of the visual chronicles of Canadian and British radar mechanics and operators of the Second World War. **Scrapbook pages and basic supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own.



PARKING: 2 hrs. free validated parking in Citi Plaza during Library hours. 2 hrs. free street parking.

Get social with us! Tweet your Heritage Fair experience: @HeritageCouncil and @londonlibrary and use the hashtag #HeritageFairLDN