By: Kathrine McGregor
The Royal Alberta Museum is committed to celebrating Alberta–and with an extraordinary new building and location comes a fresh, new museum shop that we hope will do just that. Our downtown location will showcase not only Alberta’s history, but Alberta talent, too. The new museum shop will feature handmade products by Alberta-based artisans and designers
Hundreds of submissions have poured in since we made our online call for Alberta-made products to sell in our shop. What are the key ingredients we’re looking for? Unique, environmentally responsible products made by Alberta designers and artisans.
Artist rendering of RAM’s new museum shop
Kim Gray, RAM’s head of retail services, wants the new museum shop to be a one-stop-shop for unique Alberta-made products that appeal to visitors and the downtown community alike. These items will complement the shop’s products inspired by the collections, which are keepsakes reflecting Alberta’s history. We hope that by providing a space for local artisans to display and sell their work, visitors from around the world will be able to bring a special piece of Alberta home with them.
Some of the products that have already caught our eye include: recycled Canadian wool clothing, all-natural bath and body products, Indigenous crafts and designs, handmade jewellery, books by local authors, and handcrafted children’s toys.
Though inspiration for this opportunity came from many places, we have kept a close eye on the ever-growing art community and are eager to help showcase this talent. Just as the galleries are designed to take you on a journey from the moment you step through the museum’s doors, so each item for sale will have a different story that you can carry with you. The museum shop’s call to artisans is a continuation of our commitment to Albertans.
WE’RE HIRING A MUSEUM SHOP COORDINATOR: http://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/careers/viewJob.cfm?openingID=1043464
Interview with Chris Robinson: Executive Director of the Royal Alberta Museum
Chris in his office during our interview together.
The Art of Conservation
The Conservation Department of the Royal Alberta Museum is tasked with ensuring the long term preservation of the museum’s collections. As part of the exhibition development for the new museum, the conservation team is using both preventive conservation and treatment conservation strategies to help ensure that the artifacts selected are made available for display, but at the same time are preserved for future generations.
First World War Quilts
This is the month we affix a red poppy to our lapel or coat collar in remembrance of the 100,000+ Canadians who died during their military service since the First World War. As we continue to commemorate the Great War Centenary 1914-1918/2014-2018, this post is dedicated to those who served and died during the First World War. The following three quilts were made during this time period.