London Culture

Culture in London, Ontario!

List of Exhibitors

List of Exhibitors

1ST Hussars Museum: Museum commemorating and profiling the battle honours, history and conflict involvement from the 1st Hussars Regiment. The Museum illustrates the history of the 1st Hussars militia regiment during The South African War, The Great War, World War II and Peacekeeping Missions.

Royal Canadian Regiment Museum: Discover one of London's best-kept secrets and explore one of Canada's finest regimental museums! Located in Wolseley Barracks, the museum is one of Canada’s oldest. The museum collection is vast and includes a large variety of artefacts: regimental memorials, silverware, uniforms, medals, original art, weapons, military equipment, archives, musical instruments.

Secrets of Radar Museum: Founded in 2001 by former RCAF and RAF WWII veterans and people with a deep commitment to history. We are committed to sharing Canadian radar history, from its earliest secret experimentation to recent advances, and most importantly, to the preservation of real life stories and personal experiences of the people who have worked and continue to work in radar.

London Children’s Museum:  The London Children’s Museum provides children and their grown-ups with extraordinary hands-on learning experiences in a distinctly child-centered environment. Part of the London community for more than 35 years, the Children’s Museum is where approximately 80,000 children and their families visit each year to dream and play, and gather to learn and grow.

Museum London: Located at the Forks of the Thames in downtown London, Museum London is where our community discovers exceptional art, rich history, and new possibilities. For more than 70 years, Museum London has preserved, interpreted and shared the story of London and Londoners through the exhibition of art and artifacts and the presentation of public programs. Museum London is home to 45,000+ regional historical artifacts detailing a fascinating record of London's economic achievements, and our citizens’ accomplishments. Our art collection has more than 5,000 regional and Canadian works.

Eldon House: Virtually unchanged since the nineteenth century, Eldon House is London’s oldest residence and contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the Harris Family. Eldon House is an historic site in downtown London that has been preserved and maintained since 1960 when it was donated to the City of London. It was home to four generations of the Harris family, and is an excellent example of Georgian and Regency architectural styles.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village: Fanshawe Pioneer Village tells the story of rural life in Middlesex County from 1820 - 1920. Original houses, churches, a woodworking shop, blacksmith shop, Masonic lodge, and a tavern complete the rural landscape. While Denfield General Store and Post Office, Harmer Sawmill, and the London Brewery present an urban community at the turn of the 20th century. Experience the past come alive while making memories for a lifetime!

Museum of Ontario Archaeology: The museum explores over 12,000 years of Ontario’s human history through exhibit and programming. Located beside the museum is the Lawson site, a 500 year old Neutral Iroquoian Village. The Lawson Village identified as an area occupied around 1475 - 1500 AD by approximately 2000 "Neutral" Iroquoians, the excavated portion of this semi-permanent village hosts reconstructions of the palisade, earthworks and one of nine fully excavated longhouses.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame: The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates Canadian heroes whose work has advanced health, thereby inspiring the pursuit of careers in the health sciences. Established in 1994 ,The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is a national charitable organization that carries out its mission through: induction ceremonies held annually: educational opportunities for thousands of students across Canada (Discovery Days, Museum School and  Scholarship Program) and an exhibit hall that features a laureate portrait gallery.

427(London)Wing, RCAF Association: Built in 1939-40 and used as a wartime canteen with bar room & dance floor, also as hospital and later for administration purposes. It is the last serviceable building of its type in Ontario/Canada, interior decorated with more than 80 model aircraft, many photographs, military exhibits. Currently being transformed into research centre and air museum for south-western Ontario region. Also serves as social site for membership and occasional military and civilian services.

Brick Street Cemetery: This pioneer cemetery, dating from 1813, has recently undergone considerable improvements and restoration. Historical research has been undertaken to reveal the interesting stories behind some of the individuals buried here. This Ontario Heritage Site served the earliest pioneer families of Westminster Township and is one of the oldest cemeteries in the area. Begun in 1813, its oldest remaining stones date back to 1819. Many participants from Canada’s various war efforts, including the War of 1812, WWI, and WWII, are buried here.

HMCS Prevost: HMCS Prevost is London’s Naval Reserve Division at the Forks of the Thames! Naval Reservists are individuals engaged in their civilian lives while pursuing a military career. They work for the Navy in the evenings, weekends and during the summer period, in an occupation of their choice. Most serve on a part-time basis, however, many full-time employment opportunities and deployments are available to those Reservists who volunteer for them. The sailors of CS Prevost are active in both the local & national communities, providing vital emergency services, fundraising for local charities, and participate in numerous community events. They can attest that the Canadian Armed Forces and our government are committed to defending this Nation and her people.

London Room: The Ivey Family London Room is a research facility for local history and genealogy, housing a wealth of original and secondary source materials about the city of London and Middlesex County.  Included among these materials are maps, photographs, posters, a community archives as well as the library's own institutional archives.  London Room staff have been digitizing cards indexes, photographs, postcards and view books. These digital images appear on the library's image gallery.  On July 31st, 2017, the London Room will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Ontario Genealogical Society, London Middlesex County Branch: The London and Middlesex Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is dedicated to encouraging, bringing together and assisting those interested in their pursuit of family history in the county of Middlesex, Ontario and the preservation of our genealogical heritage. We share your interest in family history and genealogy. We offer research services, free access to data bases and indexes, educational courses, publications in paper and digital format.

Architectural Conservancy Ontario- London Region: Formed in 1966, ACO London is dedicated to promoting, preserving and interpreting the architectural heritage of the London area. The London Region branch of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO London) is a volunteer-driven advocacy organization founded over 50 years ago with the threatened destruction of London’s original financial buildings, the Ridout Street Complex, now a national Historic site. ACO London is committed to conserving London’s heritage architecture through public awareness and advocacy. We support and encourage architectural conservation through reuse and repurposing of older buildings, the creation of Heritage Conservation Districts to protect our historic neighbourhoods, and the active retention and maintenance of London’s unique history as embodied by its built heritage.

Heritage London Foundation: Heritage London Foundation is an innovative charitable organization founded in 1981 that advocates for the preservation of significant heritage properties. Created when the wrecker's ball was rapidly destroying many of London's architectural treasures, Heritage London Foundation now provides viable contemporary uses for two beautiful houses, the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate and Grosvenor Lodge, and is open to future projects. Revenue from Grosvenor Lodge and Elsie Perrin Williams Estate assists Heritage London Foundation to preserve, protect and promote London's built heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. HLF collaborates with other heritage groups and museums to educate the public and raise awareness about the profound importance of conserving London's heritage buildings.

Western Archives: Located in the Archives and Research Collections Centre, Western Archives provides a wide range of services to support Western University's academic mission and the study of local and regional history. Its archival holdings comprise historical records of the University and related individuals and organizations, as well as extensive private archival materials that have been donated to Western and that are organized into several thematic portfolios, including arts, architecture, local businesses, families and individuals, local organizations, health and medicine, sports and recreation, and cartographic and photographic records. Western Archives is also the home of The James Alexander and Ellen Rea Benson Special Collections, which comprise an extensive array of rare books and local history monographs. See: www.lib.uwo.ca/archives

Fugitive Slave Chapel Restoration Project:  The Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project (FSCPP) is a community-based effort to save the former African Methodist Episcopal Church (1848-1869) that was popularly known at the "Fugitive Slave Chapel." It was the first Black church in London, Ontario, Canada, and it provided refuge for escaped slaves from the United States. The chapel was more than just a church. In addition to being a safe haven for escaped slaves, it was pillar in London's early Black community, and it was a centre for abolitionist activities. To prevent the chapel's demolition and preserve it, a collaborative of individuals and groups from London's Black, heritage/ historic, and SoHo communities initiated the FSCPP. The project focuses on moving the Fugitive Slave Chapel from its present location to a lot next to the Beth Emmanuel Church (the current home of the chapel's congregation). In its new location, the chapel will be used to preserve its history and facilitate research and education about the underground rail road and related subjects.

London and Middlesex Historical Society: The London and Middlesex Historical Society dates back to 1901 when a small group of concerned citizens met determined to preserve the local history of London and surrounding Middlesex County by meeting together and publishing. Today, LMHS offers excellent talks on historic topics; an informative newsletter and our journal, the London and Middlesex Historian; annual bus trip and other special publications.  We are doing our part to preserve local history.  To learn more visit www.londonhistory.org.

Canada 150 London: Canada 150 London is an exciting initiative with one simple goal: to help Londoners celebrate Canada in 2017! This joint initiative is steered by the City of London Culture OfficeLondon Celebrates Canada, and London Heritage Council