Feature Exhibit Launch & Reopening - Historic Places Days

Feature Exhibit Launch & Reopening

Point Ellice House Museum & Gardens
2616 Pleasant St, Victoria, BC, Canada
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4 July, 2020 | 12pm

We are happy to announce that we are reopening on July 4th – and with a new exhibit! #SpringsAndScavengers brings you up close (but not too close) to the story of water and waste management in early Victoria.
Through images, stories, and artifacts—including a spectacular collection of chamber pots— the exhibit weaves a story of basic human needs, and the struggle that early Victoria had in keeping up with them. Visitors will encounter the rapid expansion of the city’s water works, from a few simple wells on the edge of town to the damming of Elk/Beaver Lake and its pipeline of swampy-smelling water to Victoria’s fashionable homes.
The exhibit showcases night soil scavengers—tradesmen who made a living manually removing sewage from the city’s homes. Springs and Scavengers connects the personal with the political. Visitors will peek into the water closets of the O’Reilly family, and learn of their business interests in the privatization of the city’s water supply. Visitors will discover how in early Victoria, marginalized communities—Chinese, Indigenous and Black—were both denied basic public health amenities and criticized for the lack of them.
Book your visit on our website: PointElliceHouse.com

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