17 to 20 March 2020: March Break Drop In Program
Looking for something to do over March Break with your family? Fun activities are available during March break at our museum. Bring your kids 6 to 12 yrs old, Tue, Wed and to Fri, 10:30am to 2:30pm, Thu, 10:30 to 7pm for a variety of hands-on activities and to explore the galleries with Private Ronnie. Scavenger hunt activities, uniform try-on and crafts will also be available for your kids.
Please note that this is not a drop off program and a parent or guardian must remain for supervision.
26 March 2020 at 6pm: Speakers Series with Chad Martin
Adventure, Romance and Black Water Fever – The Life of Arthur Leith-Ross
There is a small plaque in the Palmerston Public Library which states “To the Memory of Arthur Leith Ross. Late of the Lancashire Fusiliers and Northern Nigeria Regiment West African Frontier Force and Subsequently Chief Transport Officer of the Protectorate, who died 26th August, 1908.” This simple memorial leads us on a path of a story about a small-town kid with aspirations of adventure and military glory. Inspired by his fathers’ service in the 30th Wellington Rifles, Arthur joined the militia as a teenager and dreamed of achieving a Field Marshall’s Baton some day. His ambitions took him on a perilous journey across the Atlantic to South Africa and then on to some of the many wars of burden for the Empire. His adventures not only led him to the love of his life, but ultimately his tragic demise.
Chad Martin has been researching his hometown for over 20 years, his love of history has led him on journey through schooling at Wilfrid Laurier University and Sir Sandford Fleming College which led to starting his career as the Curator of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton. After a number of years there, Chad moved on to consulting for museums, specializing in artifact collections storage and preservation and exhibit development. In his personal time, he started the NoOneGoes Project.
The RCR Museum on Virtual Museums Canada Network
"Topography of Grief. Mapping the Great War Dead in London, ON (1914-1921)" is live on Virtual Museums Canada, Community Stories. This exhibition has been developed in partnership by the museum and MA Public History Program at Western University, 2017 Class.
Like many other Canadian cities, London, Ontario, suffered the impact of the trench warfare fought in Europe between 1914 and 1918. This exhibit explores collective memory and individual grief, by mapping homesteads in mourning, along with official commemorative sites throughout the city today. While unveiling some of the artefacts produced to commemorate or acknowledge the sacrifices, our research also brought forward the next-of-kin, who were subject to a more personal experience of loss.
The exhibition is available in bilingual format.
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