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September 14, 2012

Kitchen essentials : the Canada Science and Technology Museum calls on the public to choose small appliances to tell today's story to future generations

OTTAWA, September 14, 2012 – A great many of the artefacts now part of the Canada Science and Technology Museum's (CSTM) collection were at some point in the past ordinary, everyday objects.

Today, the CSTM is asking members of the public to put on their museum curators' hat by choosing which small kitchen appliances should be acquired to reflect our kitchen habits to future museum visitors.

Suggestions from the public can be emailed to: 2012kitchen@technomuses.ca from September 14 to October 15, 2012. As a reward for participating, 3 private guided tours of the Museum's collections reserve storage areas will be raffled among the total number of entries.

The CSTM has a collection of over 1,000 kitchen appliances dating back to the mid-19th century, which curators have carefully selected as representative of Canadian history. The CSTM is looking to acquire about $1,000 worth of small contemporary kitchen appliances reflecting today's traditions, habits, and attitudes towards cooking.

To this end, curator Anna Adamek is calling on the public to make suggestions as to which appliances should be added to the collection.

"Do you have a favourite countertop kitchen appliance, one that you use often and find helpful in your busy life? We want you to tell us what small appliances the CSTM should preserve for future generations," says Mrs Adamek. "What do you think these appliances would tell our great-grandchildren about the way we live in 2012?"

It is fundamental for us to use new technologies to help make our collection reflect of the ubiquitous presence of technologies in the daily lives of Canadians." explains Mrs Denise Amyot, CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. "The collection belongs to all Canadians and we are glad to now provide them with an opportunity to contribute".

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Olivier Bouffard
Media relations
613-949-5732

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