Meranda Gallupe-Paton

Degrees:BA Honours Communication (University of Ottawa)

Meranda Gallupe-Paton is an M.A. Public History student with a Specialization in Digital Humanities at Carleton University. She is also a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa with an Honours BA in Communication. Her varied research interests include Canadian history, local Ottawa history, digital storytelling, sound, and sensory forms of heritage interpretation.

From a young age, Meranda became captivated by stories from the past and their ability to transport us to other places and times to better understand the present. Her current research aims to showcase the vast and varied history of the Mechanicsville area in Ottawa, as the neighbourhood continues to experience intensification and gentrification. The historical trace of what once used to be a working class and labour intensive place, is quickly being washed away with this evolution. Her intervention in this process is to provide an interactive digital public history that will seek to amplify a remembered and experienced sense of place that is currently under threat.