London Culture

Culture in London, Ontario!

2016 Heritage Fair


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 

11:15am–12:00pm Museum of Ontario Archaeology 
12:30pm–1:15pm Fugitive Slave Chapel Restoration Project 
1:45pm–2:30pm Secrets of Radar Museum