This exhibition began in the Fall of 2019 and a lot has changed since then. Originally it began as a physical exhibition at Women’s College Hospital in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Master of Museum Studies program. As a result, the exhibition had to fit into a limited amount of space. Covid-19 put everything on hold. The uncertainty of the pandemic left the future of the physical exhibition unclear. In early January of 2021, the physical exhibition was officially cancelled. The exhibition no longer fit within the Women’s College annual plan. I was determined to see it to fruition, and decided to host it myself on my website.
All of this is to say that Covid-19 has changed this exhibition, and changed it significantly. There were interpretive elements that I had envisioned for the physical exhibition that I did not feel would work in an online space. It required finding new objects that might fit in these new digital spaces at a time when I was not able to visit the archives to conduct research that I had done previously. At the same time, it offered new opportunities, and new forms of media that I would be able to include. Because of these complications, there are elements that I was not able to fill.
The exhibition is split into five decades, spanning the 1970s through to the 2010s. Under each decade is a group of two or three pages, each discussing a different topic. To navigate the exhibition, click on the blue, white, and pink buttons at the bottom of the page. These will take you to the respective section. To get the full experience, it is best viewed on a computer.
This exhibition would never have been a possibility without the help and support of so many people. Special thanks goes to the Faculty of Information, Heather Gardner of the Miss Margaret Robins Archive at Women's College Hospital, The Arquives, Emery Potter, and everyone who has cheered me on and encouraged me to complete this exhibition. Thank you.