Fabric of a Small Town: Our Permanent Exhibit
This exhibit is the centerpiece display of the museum, showcasing the history of textile manufacturing. A collection of industrial textile machines, some of which were used in the Rosamond Mill, are on display to give the visitor a visual appreciation of the kinds of machinery and equipment the millworkers had to use. Explanatory banners and panels walk the visitor through the process of making textiles, “from sheep to shawl.” An audio component provides a sense of the clatter and noise inside a textile mill. As well, we have some smaller-scale working machines that can be used for demonstration purposes.
This exhibit, which is housed on the re-designed and renovated second floor of the museum, would not have been possible without the assistance of the Algonquin College Applied Museum Studies program. Many students have participated in the design and construction of the exhibition, providing them with a terrific learning experience before launching their careers as museum professionals.