Cursive! Reading and Writing the Old School Way
August 13th, 2016 to August 20th, 2017
In any style, cursive text--also known as handwriting, script, longhand, or running text--is the joining of the character symbols of language in a flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster and more efficient. The technique has been in existence for thousands of years, and Romans were among the first to develop written script for business transactions and correspondence.
In the West, cursive writing has been taught in schools for hundreds of years. Until the widespread use of the telegraph, telephone and typewriter, it was primary way in which people communicated over distance. As typewriters, and later word processors, personal computers and text messaging came into common use, schools began to eliminate penmanship classes. This trend first began as early as the 1930s, and by the 1980s many children in North America received little training in the discipline. While penmanship studies haven’t completely disappeared, schoolchildren today spend more time mastering typing and computer skills than the neat, standardized cursive of their parents or grandparents.
Featuring a wide array of objects from the Museum London collection, this exhibition explores the history cursive writing, the tools required for the job, how children were taught to write, and why this dying skill continues to be important.
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Around the Clock: London at Work and Play
November 21st, 2015 to November 6th, 2016
Londoners have always worked and they’ve always played. The photographs in this exhibition illustrate that the work they have done has sometimes changed with changing times. Today, you won’t find anyone shoveling snow off streetcar tracks or delivering milk in a horse drawn cart. Other occupations still exist although the details of the work are different. You will still find people working in retail, in offices, and in healthcare. Leisure pursuits experienced fewer changes. We still enjoy boating on the Thames, playing team sports, and visiting the Western Fair. This exhibition of photographs will give you a glimpse into a London of different eras and a snapshot of the lived experiences of Londoners of the past.
Visible Storage Project
March 2nd, 2014 to February 9th, 2017
Lawson Family Gallery
This installation permanently displays more than 100 works of art primarily focussed on London artists but featuring many of the great works of Canadian art from our vaults. With walls devoted to the works by Paul Peel, the Group of Seven, and artists such as Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, and Paterson Ewen, Visible Storage allows you to always see old favourites from the collection as well as discover new ones.
This exhibition has been digitally enhanced. Browse images, videos and text online at visiblestorage.ca.