Canada's Sesquicentennial: 150 Years of Research at UofT

2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary as a nation. We’ve taken this as an opportunity to look back at the history of the University of Toronto: its people, its research, its stories. We’re running two sesquicentenially themed projects. Our exhibit, “Untold Stories”, opened in April 2017 and runs until the spring of 2018. Using artifacts gathered from departments across the university–from crayfish collected from an Ontario lake to a geiger counter rescued from U of T’s SlowPoke reactor–the exhibit tells just a few of the thousands of stories U of T has produced. You can find “Untold Stories” in our exhibit [Read More...]

Made in Toronto

Our 2016-2017 exhibit, completed in collaboration with Museum Studies students, focused on artifacts related to the production of scientific knowledge at the University of Toronto. From university glassblowers, to artists producing instructional images, to university researchers building unique lab equipment, the exhibit examines the variety people and objects behind the university’s rich ‘making’ history. We interviewed a number of technicians and artists–you can listen to their stories by following the link below, or here, for videos of the The Makers of Scientific Materials at the University of Toronto. This exhibit is now closed (find our latest exhibit here). You can [Read More...]

Material Culture Mentorship Project 2016/ 2017

For the past three years, high school students of African and Indigenous descent enrolled in the Summer Mentorship Program of the Faculty of Medicine Office of Health Professions Student Affairs (OHPSA) have participated in a program involving research topics related to the history of health in Toronto. Over a series of monthly workshops, participating students gather with mentors from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) and the Faculty of Medicine MD Program, to practice and apply university level research skills. Beginning in the fall of 2016, participating students chose research projects that focused on [Read More...]

Taking Toronto's Healthcare History

The history of healthcare in Toronto covers an array of professions and subjects. It is preserved in a vast number of objects and documents. This exhibit offers a glimpse into Toronto’s medical past and presents a sample of objects from across the medical spectrum from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These items have been contributed by several university collections: the Fisher Rare Book Library, the University of Toronto Scientific Instrument Collection, and the collection of the Medical Alumni Association.