The re-birth of the Aurora Museum & Archives is an exciting time for culture and heritage within the Town. The Aurora Collection, transferred from the Aurora Historical Society to the Town of Aurora in 2014, contains a wealth of important archival and artifact material. It is truly a portal into the story and development of the Town as well as a window into the changing character of Canadian identity through a regional lens. Community founders, their stories, artifacts, buildings, and monuments are essential to the character of a place. So too are the multitude of life stories of those who arrived through the generations to the present. The Aurora Museum & Archives will provide a home for these continuing stories.
Built Culture: Memories of the Precinct is a collaborative exhibition between Shawna White, Curator of the Aurora Museum & Archives, and Michelle Johnson, Rebecca Frerotte, and Sarah Spotowski, Masters of Museum Studies students from the University of Toronto.
The exhibition highlights the cultural heritage of Aurora through the lens of its historic Cultural Precinct by focusing on both the architectural qualities and the vestiges of memory contained within the sites. The Cultural Precinct is a three block neighbourhood bound by Mosley Street to the North, Metcalfe Street and Church Street to the South, Larmont Street to the East and Yonge Street to the West. Through historic sites, this exhibition tracks the physical evolution of spaces and their use. Sites include: Mechanics’ Hall, Church Street School, New Connexion Methodist Church, Trinity Anglican Church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Town Park, Victoria Hall, The Armoury, Rising Sun Lodge, Wells Street School, and the many library locations in the area.
The exhibition is a direct response to past and current feasibility studies about use of the sites within the Cultural Precinct, from the 1970s through to the present day. Visitors to the exhibition will also be encouraged to explore the Cultural Precinct with a take-away walking map or by hunting for our hidden Geocache.
Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 8 pm
* Note: The Town of Aurora’s Museum is located in the south east corner of the second floor at the Aurora Cultural Centre.