Past winners of The Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!

The Canadian Museums Association is happy to partner with Canada's History Society to present the new Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!.  Launched in November 2010, this award is presented on an annual basis by the Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall in December.

The Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! recognizes excellence and innovation in the public programming of museums and related heritage institutions. This award honours significant achievements in the historical field and encourages standards of excellence specifically in the presentation, preservation and interpretation of national, regional or local history.  The History Alive! award recognizes individuals or institutions that have made remarkable contributions to a better knowledge of Canadian history.

 

The CMA wishes to thank  Ecclesiastical Insurance Ltd  for their generous support of the History Alive! Award.


 

2015

Seated: Leona M. Sparrow (Musqueam Indian Band), Janet Walker (Canada’s History), His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, David Ross (Board Chair, Canada’s History), Viviane Gosselin (Museum of Vancouver).

Standing: Jim Whitham (Canadian War Museum), Jane Williamson (Ecclesiastical Insurance Office), John G. McAvity (Canadian Museums Association), Susan Roy (University of Waterloo), Jordan Wilson (Museum of Anthropology), Manon Blanchette (President, CMA Board), Rob Jordan (Ecclesiastical Insurance Office), Colin Robertson (Ecclesiastical Insurance Office).

Photo: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall. ©Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, 2015

 

Recipient

The Musqueam Indian Band, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Vancouver, and the University of Waterloo for their collaborative exhibition c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city.

Finalists

MOCO: L’étoffe d’une ville exhibition by the Musée de société des Deux-Rives; and Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in British Columbia exhibition by the Royal BC Museum.


2014

Michel Côté (left) accepts the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! on behalf of the Musées de la civilisation de Québec from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

Photo: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall, OSGG.

The 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! is presented to the Musées de la civilisation for their exhibition This Is Our Story: First Nations and Inuit in the 21 st Century.

 

 

The CMA would like to recognize The Manitoba Museum for their special project Bridging Generations Education Kit


2013

History Alive 2013 Finalists

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada presents The Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! to   The Écomusée du fier monde   

Credit: Cpl Carbe Orellana, Rideau Hall, OSGG


The Écomusée du fier monde
(Montreal, QC) for its exhibition Citoyens - Hier, aujourd'hui, demain

The CMA is also pleased to recognize the exceptional work of The Musée McCord Museum for the  Porter son identité  exhibition, and The Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery for the  Original Humboldt Project  special project.

 


2012

2012 winner History Alive Mark O'Neill, CWM and His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston © All Rights Reserved, Canada's History Society, 2012.
Congratulations to the Canadian War Museum who was awarded the 2012 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums - The History Alive! Award for their innovative Human Library project.

The CMA is also pleased to recognize the exceptional work of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec for the Les arts en Nouvelle-France project, and the Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines for the Défi Asbestos Hill : première mine du Nunavik exhibition.

 


2011

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston  with Carol Pauzé and Cybèle Robichaud of the Centre des sciences de Montréal.

Photo: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall. © 2011 Office of the Secretary of the Governor General of Canada 


The CMA is proud to honour the Centre des sciences de Montréal with the inaugural Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums – The History Alive! Award for their exceptional virtual exhibition 'Action Stations! Life in the Port of Montreal'. The award was presented on December 12, 2011 by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa. This award was presented in collaboration with the Canada's History Society, thanks to the generous support of Dr. Yosef Wosk. Congratulations to the Centre des sciences de Montréal and to the other nominees.