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Intriguing Little Windows: Ernestine Tahedl’s Lantern

By Michelle Macleod, Assistant Curator, McGill Visual Arts Collection A large concrete slab dangles from a heavy chain that extends above the frame of the photograph. Three men in hard hats guide this piece to fit it with two others …

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Art & Image: ongoing research in the Gwillim Project

The Gwillim Project centres around the lives of two English sisters in early 19th c. Madras (now Chennai): Elizabeth Gwillim (1763-1807) and Mary Symonds (b. 1772). Both sisters were avid artists and dedicated letter-writers; their paintings of flora, fauna, and …

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It’s Here! McGill Library Welcomes AMAZE; A McGill A to Z Experience

A is for anatomy, alphabet and AMAZE: A McGill A-Z Experience. In 2020, the McGill Library put together a truly remarkable book – AMAZE; a McGill A-Z Experience. With visual treats and moveable surprises at the turn of every page, …

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ROAAr Book Club

We invite you to join the ROAAr virtual book club. Come with a coffee and take part in the conversation, connect with other book lovers and get insight into some of the treasures of the ROAAr collections. We invite you to connect, unmute, and appreciate …

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What’s 150 years old, 11 feet long, and can get you from Grand Rapids to Quebec City in minutes?

Chisholm's all round route and panoramic guide of the St. Lawrence, 1870

C.R. Chisholm & Bros. was a Montreal-based publishing company that specialized in travel guide books as well as maps of Canada and the United States. Chisholm’s all round route panoramic guide of the St. Lawrence is a 150-year-old folded panoramic …

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Virtual Puzzles: Winter fun & a splash of colour to ring in 2021

Outdoor activities are front and center this holiday break. If you are looking for a fun way to stay warm after an afternoon of sledding or skiing, try your hand at solving these jigsaw puzzles featuring vintage images courtesy of …

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Trot away from 2020 with our DIY rare holiday phenakistoscope

This holiday season is unlike any other. As we move into a new (and hopefully better) year, the Library wishes you much peace, rest, and health coupled with lighthearted moments of reflection, joy, and discovery. Once again, we have remixed …

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Back to the Future: Exam-themed Zoom backgrounds from the Archives

Bird's-eye-view of exam - 1970s, black and white.

We know that exams look very different this year. But whether you’re packed into a crowded Zoom room, or an actual room, there are certain things that make exams exams. Late night studying, cue cards, highlighters, pizza delivery, setting two …

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De-Stress + Sketch: It Matters!

By Michelle Macleod, Assistant Curator, McGill Visual Arts Collection Lire la version française De-Stress and let your creative side take flight with McGill’s Visual Arts Collection. Sustained looking at an artwork can unlock greater appreciation. Sketch, sculpt, quilt, or paint …

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Sweater Weather: Cozy Notes from the Archives

By Aeron MacHattie, Archivist, Rare Books & Special Collections Lire la version française As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, there is nothing better than a woolly knit or a fuzzy fleece for keeping warm. Whether it’s a …

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