Peel Heritage Complex Launches Online Gallery and Celebrates Heritage Day
BRAMPTON, ON. (Feb. 9, 2011) – Art enthusiasts, history buffs and interested patrons can still access the Peel Heritage Complex (PHC) during renovations. Beginning in February, some of the Peel Heritage Complex’s Collection can be viewed in an online gallery at peelheritagecomplex.org. Residents can also connect with the Peel Heritage Complex in person at the annual Highlight on Heritage Day event taking place on Feb. 12.
A glass plate negative collection, which is part of the recently acquired McLeod family collection, is now available for viewing on the PHC’s website. The images in the glass plate collection were taken by Peter McLeod and represent an interesting era in photography. From about 1870 to 1920, many photographers used fragile glass negatives to capture images of daily life. Gifted to the Peel Heritage Complex in 2010, the McLeod family collection documents the life and time of the McLeods during the 1900s in Chinguacousy Township, now the Town of Caledon.
“We are pleased that visitors to the Peel Heritage Complex will be able to experience the glass plate negatives from the McLeod family’s collection online during renovations,” said Diane Allengame, Acting Manager, Peel Heritage Complex. “We are committed to increasing access to our collections online, not only for Peel residents to experience but for anyone who is interested in learning about Peel’s history.”
On Feb. 12, the PHC will also be participating in the annual Highlight on Heritage event at the Bramalea City Centre, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature a variety of heritage groups showcasing local history. Event volunteers, some dressed in period costume, will be available to talk about historical and preservation initiatives, not only in Brampton but around Peel Region.
Heritage Day was established in 1973 by the Heritage Canada Foundation, and is recognized on the third Monday in February to encourage the preservation and promotion of Canada’s nationally significant historic, architectural, natural and scenic heritage.
The Peel Heritage Complex is making history. A $10 million restoration and construction project commenced in March 2010 to enhance the land and buildings that hold the Region of Peel’s museum, archives and art gallery. The Peel Heritage Complex is temporarily closed until fall 2011 due to construction.