Reading Artifacts Summer Institute 2012

Discover alternative historical perspectives and methods in the midst of Canada’s largest collection in science, medicine and technology. Our annual artifact sessions in the CSTM storage facility bring together Canadian and international scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum. Participants immerse themselves in our collections gaining renewed appreciation for artifacts and the multiple, unpredictable stories they tell.

Guest faculty for 2012:

  • Allison C. Marsh, Assistant Professor of History, University of South Carolina, Public History Program (Museum Studies)


  • Graduate Students
  • Post-docs
  • Faculty interested in teaching history through artifacts
  • Scholars seeking to expand their research methods

Participants will:

  • investigate artifacts, trade literature and photographic collections as resources for research, teaching, and the public presentation of history
  • work with leading collection scholars in a national museum setting to explore material culture methodologies and approaches
  • use artifacts as the centre of discussion and hands-on group examinations
  • become acquainted with conservation, cataloguing and collection development principles and practices

Location: Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dates: August 13-17, 2012
Tuition: Students $250. Post-Docs $350; Faculty and Professionals $450
(includes breaks, lunches, and a field trip)
*Students can apply for financial assistance. Send requests and budget after registration and acceptance.
Register here (deadline: June 15th, 2012): Limit of 30 participants
For further information contact Sharon Babaian at