A dream come true: Phoebe Mannell’s time with the Garth Wilson Fellowship

Phoebe Mannell

For Phoebe Mannell, her time with the Garth Wilson Fellowship has been a dream come true:

“One of my big dream goals when I found the Public History program was that this degree would help me get into a museum environment, and that it would end up getting me a job in the museum field, and that some day – as a sparkly, diamonds-on-top goal – I could work at the science and tech museum.

That I end up here during school, is just amazing. And it’s all because of the Fellowship and because of donors.”

The Garth Wilson Fellowship in Public History is a partnership between Ingenium and Carleton University’s Public History graduate degree program. It provides students in the program with a 2-year Fellowship to enhance their own research and support work in Public History in a museum environment.

The Fellowship has been everything Phoebe expected and more, providing her the opportunity to enhance her study of the history of navigation and hydrography through research with the collection at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. She has been supporting the work of curator Sharon Babian in preparation for the Steam exhibition in the new Moving and Connecting gallery. Phoebe says that she has loved the unique opportunity to support the development of this exhibition for the renewed Museum, and that “it has been fascinating to see the work growing and percolating.”

Phoebe is also working on an online digital curation of some 3D image objects from the collection, along with a learning module for high school students that will engage them both with the technological aspects of 3D printing and with the history of science through scientific objects. She considers it a win-win project for herself and the Museum because she “has the chance to develop knowledge and a whole set of skills, and the museum ends up with a project they can use and take forward.”

She has also appreciated the chance to learn more about Garth Wilson and his work: ““It’s been great getting to know, through other people in the Museum, who Garth Wilson was. Whenever I’m going through artifact records and seeing his name attached to them, it makes me feel like this Fellowship is creating a legacy of learning and engaging, and prolonging a really interesting field of study that mattered so much to him.”

Her work, as well as the work of 2014-2016 Fellow Sara McGillivray, is made possible by the support of donors like you. On behalf of Phoebe, Sara, and future Fellows, we offer our sincerest thanks for this support.

If you would like to support the future of this Fellowship, we invite you to make a donation today. Your support will provide this unique opportunity to more students and carry on the legacy of Garth Wilson’s impressive work and commitment to Public History.