Behind the scenes: history matters

Banting House NHSC

Banting HouseAlmost a week ago, my Introduction to Museology class had the opportunity to visit Banting House National Historic Site of Canada as part of our learning about museums with vision. As I mentioned in last week’s post on commemorative integrity, museums – like many other organizations – benefit from being guided by a concrete mission and vision. After working here for 5 months, a “museum on a mission” is just how I would describe Banting House.

In a sentence, Banting House exists to create public awareness and understanding of the national historic significance of Sir Frederick Banting and preserve the commemorative integrity of Banting House, the birthplace of insulin, for the benefit of the people of Canada. The national significance of Banting is not necessarily shrouded in mystery. Most visitors who come to the museum know something about Banting. He’s often a subject of school projects, and his discovery of…

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