Community Gallery, second level

History has gone digital at Museum London!

Throughout 2023, we photographed 6,750 of our 45,000  historical artifacts. This may seem like a drop in the bucket, but the impact is huge. It marks the first time the public can access professional images of our material culture collection. 

A snapshot of that work, this exhibition’s eclectic mix of artifacts gives you a sense of the scale and scope of Museum London’s collection. If you’re wondering about the real thing—why the actual artifacts aren’t on display—it’s because the Community Gallery wears many hats. Not only a place for exhibitions, it’s also the Museum's largest event and rental space. Real historical objects don’t mix well with food, drink, and crowded activity. We want to make our artifact collection accessible, and we want to create a worry-free event space. 

Enjoy your stroll through History Goes Digital! The joy of photographic reproductions is that there are no rules against touching or taking your own pictures. So, get playful! Stop and pose for a selfie as you contemplate the postcard views of London's past and think about postcards you’d like to see today. Play “I Spy.” Count the beer bottles—are there really 99? Above all, explore with curiosity  images of the things that help tell the story of this city and its people. 

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.
Nous reconnaissons l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.

Image: Zeiss Ikon Field Camera, 1926-1938, Gift of Don Vincent, 1993

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