Gallery Plan

Military Gallery – Interpretive Panels
Bruce County Museum and Archives
Southampton, ON

Canadian Cultural Resource Consultants Inc.

Background

Following one of the largest redevelopment projects in the Province of Ontario, the Burce County Museum and Archives engaged CCRC to assist in the development of the military exhibits at this outstanding community museum.

The Client

The County of Bruce has operated a museum since the early 1950s and following a number of previous capital improvements the decision was made by County Council to move their museum forward to the next professional level in 2000 and a $14M project was undertaken. Lead by Goldsmith & Borgal of Toronto, CCRC was engaged to provide musicological expertise during the design and construction phase of this project.

The Challenge

The key elements of this small project was to develop a series of interpretive panels that spoke specifically to the military history of the region and the contribution made by the citizens of the County of Bruce during major military operations.

CCRC provided the needed research, design skills and the fabrication for four panels as well as the fabrication and installation of exhibits located in the lower lobby of the new museum.

Panel Research

In preparation of the design of the interpretive panels CCRC conducted a survey of most of the cenotaphs in the county. This involved travelling to all towns and villages within the county and completing a detailed photo record of each of these memorials. The results of this photo survey were used in the development of the introductory panel to the exhibition "Bruce County Remembers".

The staff of the BCM & A were very helpful in supply archival images and objects needing to be photographed in preparation of each of the subsequent panels.

Panel Design

Based on the strength of the military collection of the BCM & A and the historical research it was determined that the thee theme panels should include a contemporary map of the county and such images and medals that spoke most eloquently to the history of the three periods.

The panel designs and associated images including the text for each panel was forwarded to a graphic technician who then worked with the staff of CCRC to produce the final design. Each design was forwarded in to the client for final approval.

Three-Dimensional Exhibits

Following a survey of available artefacts within the collection it was decided to feature the medals awarded to members of the community and subsequently donated to the museum. Theses medal groupings were re-mounted and exhibition furniture was designed and fabricated. The Museum made available the cases to be used and large interior graphic panels were produced. Each of the interpretive panes was then externally mounted adjacent to the appropriate case.

Deliverables

CCRC Inc. supplied the client with four interpretive panels and fabricated exhibition furniture, mounted and labelled three exhibit cases supplied by the client.