Peterborough Museum & Archives New Exhibition Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied

The current exhibition at Peterborough Museum & Archives is Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied, which tells the remarkable story of one of Canada’s greatest technological achievements. 

Decades have passed since the development and destruction of the Avro Arrow and Iroquois engine yet many still wonder "what-might-have-been."

Should the projects have been cancelled? Were they as good as their builders said they would be? What were the real reasons behind the cancellations? These and other mysteries are explored in this exhibition full of images, artifacts and explanations.

Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied was developed and produced by the West Parry Sound District Museum as part of the Travelling Exhibition Partnership Project.

Check it out at Peterborough Museum & Archives (Ashburnham Memorial Park on Museum Drive, 300 Hunter Street East). Admission is by donation, with free parking and barrier-free access. The exhibition runs through September 30th.


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Reproduction Of Peterborough's Book Of Remembrance On Display At Museum (& Digital Version Available)

The Book of Remembrance was formally dedicated on November 11, 1962. It listed the names of men and women "who were killed in action, died of wounds, illness or injuries in the First Great War (1914-1918), the Second Great War (1939-1945) and in the Korean Conflict (1950-1953)."

Since its unveiling in 1962, the Book has been on permanent display at Peterborough City Hall. But late last fall, Conservators at the Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA) removed the original Book of Remembrance from the lobby of City Hall as a regular inspection had revealed that the book had begun to experience some cockling—where paper becomes buckled and will not lie flat—and warping.
At the time, the book's removal was expected to be temporary but as PMA Conservator, Cindy Colford, notes, "this kind of minor damage is typically an early warning sign that a paper object is being stored in an environment where the relative humidity is out of its ideal range."
Conservation treatments on the original have thus far been successful, but in order to ensure that this valuable artifact is preserved for future generations it will need to remain in specialized storage at the Museum.
Back in June, Peterborough’s Cenotaph Committee approved an expenditure amount of up to $5,000 from the Cenotaph Trust Fund for the purpose of the reproduction and binding of the Book of Remembrance. The replica has now been completed and will be available for public viewing at the Museum from November 5 to 20, 2011.* It will later be placed on permanent display back in the lobby of City Hall. Visitors will be able to access the replica directly and can view any or all pages.
A full digital version of the Book of Remembrance is available online by clicking here

*The Book of Remembrance will not be at the Museum on November 8th between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. as it will be on display at the Peterborough Armories as part of the Veteran’s Week Celebration and Educational Fair.

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Groovy: New Exhibition Celebrating Peterborough In The 1970s Is On!

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Stuff to Do in the Patch This Weekend

Looking for something to do in Peterborough this weekend?


Peterborough Fall Psychic Fair (3 p.m. to 9 p.m. - $5) Evinrude Centre 

21st Annual Autumn Treasures Fine Art & Craft Show (4 p.m. to 9 p.m. - $3.50) Trentwinds International Centre 

Royal Wood with Hannah Georgas (7:30 - Sold Out) Gordon Best Theater


Peterborough Fall Psychic Fair (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - $5) Evinrude Centre

21st Annual Autumn Treasures Fine Art & Craft Show (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - $3.50) Trentwinds International Centre 

Our Space Fall Gala (6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - $25) Adam Scott CVI

Peterborough Lions Club & Peterborough Theatre Guild present a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre (Tickets $20, Proceeds towards the James FundPeterborough Lions Centre


Peterborough Fall Psychic Fair (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - $5) Evinrude Centre

21st Annual Autumn Treasures Fine Art & Craft Show (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - $3.50) Trentwinds International Centre 

A Century of Toys (Noon to 5 p.m.) Peterborough Museum & Archives

Looking for a quick bite between each event? Try the new hotspot El Camino's on George Street!

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