Founded in July 1988, the Torbay Museum is home to an amazing array of artifacts and historical archival items dating back hundreds of years. Its collection began with items donated by the Roman Catholic Presentation Sisters in honour of their 121-year stay in Torbay’s St. Michael’s Convent (1865-1986). The Sisters’ donation included a nine-piece chesterfield set and stained glass doors, which have been incorporated into the design of theMuseum. Today, the collection includes more than 2000 artifacts donated by residents. Current exhibits include: Fishing, Farming, Women’s Work and Domestic Life, Religious Torbay, and Torbay Military History.
The Torbay Museum is the oldest established public museum on the Northeast Avalon. It is an active member of the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Archives Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Canadian Museum Association, among others. The mandate of the Torbay Museum is to promote Torbay’s heritage and culture; actively collect objects, art and oral history interviews of importance to Torbay; offer public programming on topics of heritage and culture to the people of Torbay and surrounding region; create displays for interpreting Torbay’s heritage and culture; and continue an ongoing commitment to safeguard both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Torbay in theMuseum’s archives.
Bored by storyboards and polished plaques full of names and dates and “important” facts?
We are too.
In Torbay, heritage isn’t something you see, it’s something you shape.
The Torbay Museum and the Town of Torbay have launched a new venture in community heritage.
This self-guided audio tour is partnered with the [HERE] SAY Story Maps of Water Street and the Outer Battery (www.heresay.ca), and now you have a chance to experience it for yourself in Torbay.
Sheritage (sharing + heritage) lets you hear personal stories on location. When you’re out for a walk, look for the Sheritage signs throughout the community. You’ll see a phone number and a 3-digit-code. Dial the number on your mobile phone, punch in the code, and hear a story about the spot where you’re standing.
Join the Conversation
Unlike a lot of heritage interpretation that tells visitors what’s important about a place or event, the sheritage project gives you a chance to express what is important about the town’s past and, more importantly, encourages you to discuss and debate ideas as part of an open, public conversation.
What are the ingredients of a shared heritage?
Can remembering bring us closer together? Are some things best left in the past? Is there room for imagination? Should history include a good laugh?
We’re encouraging everyone to join the conversation and help us decide what our shared heritage should look like. So grab your cell phone and start exploring the Town of Torbay. Discover each of our sheritage sites. Find the phone number and code that unlocks a local story told by a local voice. Call, consider and then comment. An opportunity to suggest your own “ingredients” is featured at the Torbay Museum, and you can share your own story by calling the sheritage phone number.
Publications of interest available for sale at the Torbay Museum include:
• The History of Torbay by Robert Codner
• Solomon Gosse’s Birthday by Lara Maynard
• Heritage Guide of Torbay by Robin McGrath
For more information on the Torbay Museum, please contact curator Contessa Small at 437-6532 ext. 253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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