May 14, 2019 - Regional museum map guide to be released on International Museum
Day - 2 pm - May 18 - Port Stanley Visitors Centre, 199 Carlow Road.
A map guide to all of the museums in the counties around London will be released
at a May is Museum Month event in Port Stanley on May 18th, a day set aside for
the celebration of museums worldwide. The guide is the work of the Elgin-Oxford
Museum Network, an association of museums, art galleries and archives within the
counties of Elgin and Oxford.
The group issued a guide map almost 10 years ago for the 2010 International Plowing
Match which took place in Elgin County that year. "We thought the thousands of people
who attended the IPM would find a guide to other attractions in the area useful,"
says Mike Baker, current chair of the EON group.
As it turned out, the map on one side of the brochure made it a popular souvenir.
The five counties of Brant, Norfolk, Oxford, Elgin and Middlesex were all on the
map. The current version with a total of 42 historic sites, museums, archives and
galleries also contains the 5-county map.
The 2010 map was still being distributed up to last year when the group decided
it was time to update the content. "Some sites have moved or closed and some new
ones have opened" says Baker. One new feature is the inclusion of London sites on
this year's map - "we felt there was potential for visitors to London to strike
out on day trips into the region and that they might be looking for sites like ours,"
The map will be presented to Central Elgin Mayor Sally Martyn, County Council representative
on the Elgin County Museum Advisory Committee and to the tourist authorities in
Elgin at a ceremony in the new Tourism Kiosk in Port Stanley at 2 pm on May 18.
Other county museums will be present with artifacts from this summer's exhibits
including the Port Burwell Marine Museum's summer exhibit, 60 Years of the St. Lawrence
Seaway. Both Port Burwell and Port Stanley were key ports on the new Seaway in 1959.
The decision to build the St. Lawrence Seaway was decades in the making, and not
without controversy. The exhibit looks at some of the issues and how an assortment
of canals and locks were turned into one of the greatest engineering feats of the
Launch is at 2 PM at the Port Stanley Visitors Centre, 199 Carlow Road