Barrage – July 2016

Barrage – July 2016

The Somme: The Mechanization of War

Start Date: July 1, 2016

Our new temporary exhibit The Somme: The Mechanization of War tells the story of the Canadian soldier during battle in WW1.  The Battle of the Somme was a pivotal moment in history.  The battle lasted five months (June 1st to Nov 18th, 1916) and resulted in over one million casualties with limited gains on all sides.

At the Somme, Field Marshal Haig and the British Command planned for a much desired breakthrough by the Allied countries against German frontlines and in support of the French Army fighting for its existence to the south at Verdun.  Reliance for success was placed on a sophisticated transport system for supplies and equipment, massive and powerful artillery support, an agile Royal Flying Corps and finally the well-equipped and determined British (and colonial) soldier who was the inheritor of over two hundred years of Empire.  The British had also developed a secret weapon that they hoped would change the course of the war.

This exhibit opened July 1st and will run until late November 2016.

Special thanks to the following exhibit contributors:

  • The Daly House Museum
  • The Manitoba Automobile Museum
  • The Naval Museum of Canada
  • The Prairie Mountain Regional Museum
  • The Transcona Museum

Barrage – April 2016

Barrage – April 2016


Barrage – January 2016

Barrage – January 2016


Designed for Victory: Women, War & The Vote


Temporary Exhibit (Opened 26 February 2016 and will run until 17 June 2016)

In 1916, Manitoba was the first government to offer limited voting rights to women.

Although the suffrage movement had been active on the Prairies for many years, it was Canada’s entrance into the Great War and women’s full support and contributions to the war effort in their communities and their new workplaces that accelerated the process.

However, full participation in Canadian elections did not extend to all citizens until another war and subsequent cultural shifts leading up to 1960, when First Nations persons finally gained the vote. This connection between war, women and the vote is drawn together in this exhibit through the clothing of the times, influenced by wartime experiences, economic necessity and cultural expression.

The Costume Museum of Canada has specially selected clothing reflecting these times; the fight and the victory women achieved for themselves and on behalf of others in the 20th Century.

Special thanks to the following exhibit contributors:

The Costume Museum of Canada

Brandon University Student, Brooke Drummond

Brandon University Associate Professor, Dr. Rhonda Hinther

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum & Women of the War Years Auxiliary

Assiniboine Community College Media Studies Students



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