Museum marks 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth with day of celebration
By Laurie Carmount
Curator - Agnes Jamieson Gallery
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. The life of the British monarch, who ruled over her global empire from age 18 to 81, is being marked, around the world, by exhibitions and tours in 2019. She was born May 24, 1819.
The Minden Hills Museum and Heritage Village is opening its season with the celebration of this exceptional woman who was powerful, yet feminine, royal, and yet appealed to ordinary people. Join us from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an English experience in the museum’s Bowron Log House of 1866.
A traditional English tea will begin Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m., with small sandwiches and cookies, supplied by Molly’s Bistro. Space is limited, this is a first come, first served sitting. Second sitting will be at 1 p.m. Also at 1 p.m., the Haliburton Highlanders Pipes and Drums Band’s James (Jim) Thompson will be performing authentic music of the Victorian era. Jim was the Pipe Major for the Toronto Scottish Regiment, and piped for the Queen Mother for her visits to Canada.
While visiting the museum, be sure to see the new exhibition in the Sterling Bank “Tools of the Past” which highlights artifacts from the collection. Test your knowledge and see if you know what the items are in our quiz.
Also available for visitors is the visual art exhibition, at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery, of work by artists from the Ontario Society of Artists. A juried selection of work encompasses this exhibition with an underlying theme of Canadian landscape. Included are a number of Andre Lapine (1866-1952) works.
Admission is by donation. The Minden Hills Museum and Heritage Village and the Agnes Jamieson Gallery are located at 176 Bobcaygeon Road in the town of Minden. For more information call 705-286-3763.
*This article has been altered to make clear that Queen Victoria's day of birth was May 24, 1819. The museum is celebrating the 200th year with celebrations on Saturday, May 18. This corrects an editing error.