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Anna Adamek

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Anna Adamek, Director, Curatorial Division
Ingenium: Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Anna Adamek is the Director of the Curatorial Division at Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. As both a historian of technology and a public historian, she believes in the importance of always putting her audience first. Anna specializes in the history of natural resources, with a focus on the history of mining in Canada, the process of electrification of the country, industrial technologies, and the material culture of technology. Over her 28-year career with Ingenium, she curated a number of exhibitions. Anna was a founding member of the International Federation for Public History, and also served as its interim Chair. She sat on the Board of Directors for both the National Council on Public History and the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association. Anna earned an MA in History from the University of Ottawa. Before coming to Canada in 1990, she studied literature with a specialization in Romanticism at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Professional Affiliation:

  • Ingenium: Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
  • International Federation for Public History, Chair 2009-2011, Board Member, 2011-2015,
  • Canada Science and Technology Historical Association, Board of Directors, 2013-2019
  • National Council of Public History, Board of Directors, 2008-2012

Professional Qualifications:

  • Twenty eight years of experience in museum environment
  • A. in Canadian History/History of Technology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Canada
  • A. in History of Literature/Linguistics, Jagiellonian University, Krakow Poland
  • Industrial Archaeology – postgraduate training


  • Scholar-in-Residence, Georg Fischer Iron Library, Schlatt, Switzerland
  • Witness to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Regroupement des gens d’affaires Prix. Let’s Talk Energy Team (curator)
  • Canadian Museums Association. Energy: Power to Choose Exhibition (curator)
  • Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. Management Excellence Awards


  • From Earth to Us, 2017 –
  • ZOOOM: Children Gallery, 2017 –
  • Potash: Feeding the World, 2013 – 2014
  • Wearable Technologies, 2013
  • From the Vault: Open collections, 2013 – 2014
  • Energy: Power to Choose, 2011 – 2014
  • Living in the 1940s, 2012
  • Beyond the Trees: Canadian Forestry, 2008 – 2011

Major Research Projects (selection):

  • Mining and Metallurgy Legacy Project, 2014-2019
  • Memories are Made in the Kitchen, 2012-2016
  • Canadian Mining, Post 1950, 2009-2014
  • Let’s Talk Energy Project, 2009-2017