Championing Collections Care: A unique experience at the Ontario Science Centre

Thursday, November 7 - 2:30 to 3:45 pm


Cara van der Laan, Artifacts Coordinator, Ontario Science Centre

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Session Description

“Why preserve something if you can just fix it?” In museums, preservation is key. At a Science Centre, the focus is on the hands-on experience. How do these two ideas mesh? Can they? Meet the Artifacts Coordinator from the Ontario Science Centre, take a look at their unique collections’ challenges, and see how collaboration and debate shape their outcomes.


Presenter Biography


Artifacts Coordinator, Ontario Science Centre 
Cara van der Laan is the Artifacts Coordinator at the Ontario Science Centre. Since completing her Masters of Museum Studies (2010) and in between contracts at the OSC, Cara has worked for the Toronto Zoo, Luminato and developed exhibits for the University of Toronto’s Anthropology department.

Cara's research interests include human osteology, primatology and preventative conservation. Cara greatly enjoys the opportunities and challenges involved in maintaining a large and diverse collection at the Ontario Science Centre.



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