Carleton Public History students are currently gaining valuable experience in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of History, participating in the development of the Museum’s signature gallery, the Canadian History Hall. Scheduled to open in 2017, the Hall will be the largest, most comprehensive and engaging exhibition about Canadian history ever produced. Interacting with museum curators and other professional staff, the students will conduct research and submit proposals relating to the exhibition’s content as part of the requirements for the Museums, National Identity and Public Memory course taught by Carleton History Prof. David Dean. The students will have an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to a project of national significance, and the museum will benefit from the students’ research and perspectives.
Content for the Canadian History Hall is being developed by a multidisciplinary team of curators and researchers at the Canadian Museum of History, with assistance from advisory panels of outside scholars and other experts. The Carleton students will contribute ideas and research within that framework that may be used in the Hall, while gaining invaluable hands-on experience in the field of public history.
The Canadian Museum of History is a leading centre of historical research and a champion of museological excellence throughout Canada. The MA in Public History at Carleton University is among the most respected programs of its kind in the country.