Arts & Culture
Banting House National Historic Site of Canada
Known as 'the birthplace of insulin', the Museum occupies the house where Dr. Banting lived and practiced medicine. Recognized as the site of the defining moment in the discovery of insulin, the Museum highlights the artistic, medical, military, and scientific careers of Sir Frederick Banting.Visit Website
Visit http://www.diabetes.ca/about-us/who/banting-house/ for more information.
Eldon House was built in 1834 for John Harris, a veteran of the Royal Navy, his wife Amelia and their eight children. They came to London only a few years after it had been established as the capital of the London region in 1826. John, as District Treasurer, was an important figure in the local government. Their large Georgian home soon became the center of London society where it remained through four subsequent generations. In 1960, the family donated the house, its contents and what is now Harris Park to the City of London. Today visitors will find many period furnishings and hundreds of decorative pieces reflecting the family’s extensive travels and fascinating careers.
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Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Fanshawe Pioneer Village, opened in 1959, is a 40-acre living history museum with over 30 original and recreated historic structures which tell the story of the origins and development of London and Middlesex County from 1820 to 1920. Beginning with an early log home and farm site, furnished to represent the first group of settlers north of the Thames, the Tipperary Irish, visitors can follow the development of the farming community around London which soon became one of the most successful wheat producing regions in Canada. Original late nineteenth century farmhouses, churches, a school and even an Orange Hall complete the rural landscape. Other original structures including the Denfield General Store and Post Office, Harmer Sawmill, and the Caverhill Woodworking shop represent a rural crossroads community at the beginning of the 20th century.Visit Website
Visit www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca for more information.
On September 9, 1901 the New Grand Opera House welcomed its first patrons. Men in elegant evening attire and women in rich gowns took their seats for the opening night performance of the popular melodrama Way Down East. As they applauded that night, the audience did not know they were establishing a century-long tradition.Visit Website
Among the great actors who have performed under the magnificent proscenium arch of The Grand are: W.C. Fields, Sarah Bernhardt, Michael Redgrave, Donald O’Connor, Sidney Poitier, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Maggie Smith, Michael Burgess, William Hutt, Martha Henry, Karen Kain, Victor Garber, Sandra Oh and Leonard Nimoy.
Visit www.grandtheatre.com for more information.
London Arts Council
The London Arts Council is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and the create vitality of London.
We work towards this goal through nurturing the awareness of, involvement in, and commitment to excellence at all levels of art in London. Our focus is on those programs and services that provide information, education and training, consultation and collaboration, representation, and networking opportunities for the arts community, Londoners, and visitors to our city.Visit Website
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London Heritage Council
The London Heritage Council is a not-for-profit cultural heritage umbrella organization.
Its mission is to inspire, nurture, and manage innovative initiatives through collaboration and coordination throughout the region.
The LHC works to provide education and training opportunities, as well as consultation and collaboration services, for the heritage sector. It serves the public through the support of museums, and heritage and cultural organizations. The London Heritage Council is responsible for overseeing and supporting a number of local initiatives.Visit Website
Museum London is Southwestern Ontario's leading establishment for the collection and presentation of visual art and material culture. Through public and educational programming, special events and exhibitions, Museum London strives to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of regional art, culture and history.
At the heart of a great museum is its collection and Museum London is proud to have one of Canada's most important art collections, and one of the most significant historical artifact collections in Ontario. Our art collection has more than 5,000 regional and Canadian works and our 25,000 artifacts reflect the history of the City of London as an important regional urban centre in Southwestern Ontario.
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“Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in the region through distinctive and inspirational performances of classical and a wide variety of other orchestral music. We undertake to support and foster Canadian performing and creative musical talent and to provide leadership and resources in the musical education of our communities. We are committed to delivering the highest standards in all of our programming and correspondingly to developing broad-based financial support, to ensure the sustainability of the Orchestra as a critical resource.”Visit Website
Visit www.orchestralondon.ca for more information.
St. Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral was designated in April 2006 as a heritage property in the heart of Downtown London. There is a long history with the City dating back to 1834, making St Paul's Cathedral London's oldest church. The embroidery work in the cathedral chronicles the lives of London's pioneers and the importance of St Paul's in that history. St Paul's also has a strong connection with the Royal Canadian Regiment and proudly displays their regimental colours. The organ is one of London's most historic instruments and was originally installed in 1871.Visit Website
St Paul's Cathedral is an active and lively place of worship, a centre of social outreach in the London community, and an inspirational venue for music, culture, and the arts.
A first in Canada, St Paul's hosts the Three Cathedrals Choral Festival.
Visit http://www.threecathedralsfestival.ca for more information.