Reading Artifacts Summer Institute 2013

Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa
August 19-23, 2013
This week long intensive session held at the Canada Science and Technology
Museum introduces participants to the use of artifacts as a documentary
source for their research work. Don’t just rely on statistics when talking
the development of North America. Learn how to look at the three
dimensional objects that provided the underpinnings for that technological
development and thereby use those findings to bolster your thesis. Learn
to dissect an artifact so it can tell you the sometimes hidden story of
its use.


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

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

Deadline to register is June 14, 2013. Limit of 30 participants
For details, please see the following link: 

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