Past Projects

Lost Stories (John Walsh and Christina Williamson)

The Lost Stories Project engaged Canadians in the process of commemorating their history – bringing together members of the public, artists, and filmmakers to explore little known stories about the Canadian past. Stories solicited from the public were handed over to artists who had the task of transforming them into inexpensive, site-specific works of public art and the creative journeys of the artists were then documented by a series of short films.

Migration/Representation/Stereotypes Conference (Daniel McNeil and David Dean) 

A SSHRC awarded event, this international, interdisciplinary, and bilingual conference aimed to address the (ab)use of stereotypes in the representation of migration and refugees in various public discourses, both historically, conceptually, and practically.

Alumni Interview Project (Rob Blades)

The CCPH Alumni Interview Partnership Project provides a forum for current students and alumni to discuss their interests in public history, their experiences at Carleton University, and build relationships with one another.

Thinking Through the Museum (Monica Patterson)

The goal of this project was to explore the gap between participatory ideals and their practice in contemporary museums – especially regarding difficult knowledge. The project succeeded in creating concrete networks and resources to collectively respond to the challenges inherent in confronting traumatic histories and legacies of violence.

Rideau Timescapes App (James Opp)

Carleton’s Centre for Public History and School of Information Technology gave the public a whole new way to delve into the history of the venerable Rideau Canal. The free Rideau Timescapes App allows visitors to interact with the visual heritage of 26 lock stations along the canal.

Douglas Cardinal Archive Project (David Dean)

Douglas Cardinal is one of Canada’s most renowned architects. His flowing architecture is distinguished by its smooth lines and is shaped by his Aboriginal heritage as well as European Expressionist architecture. Cardinal donated his collection to the Carleton Archives and Special Collections in 2011.