WCH Archives: Steps through Time

May 10, 2024

The Archives of Women’s College Hospital invites you to Step Through Time as it introduces a new series of heritage display cases located throughout Women’s College Hospital (WCH).

Over the past few months, Phoebe Croft and Emma Kelly, students from Centennial College, have been working in the Archives as part of the Museum and Cultural Management program’s field placement course. This course provides students in the museum studies program with a unique opportunity to apply their classroom theory to real world experiences at a variety of host sites.

For their project, Phoebe and Emma designed and installed six heritage cases on floors three through seven in the hospital. Cleverly named, Step Through Time, this series of cases are located on each floor by the hospital’s glass staircase and explore different decades of WCH’s history. Some of the themes that are featured in the heritage cases include early medical education for women, the founding of WCH, breaking down barriers for female physicians, the history of women’s health and women’s health research, and the establishment of WCH as a teaching institution.

The heritage cases feature a variety of carefully selected historical photographs, documents, hospital memorabilia, and medical artifacts from the Archives’ collection.

We encourage staff, volunteers, and patients to take the stairs and look at Emma and Phoebe’s amazing work throughout the hospital.

About the Student Curators

Phoebe Croft recently moved to Toronto after completing her studies in History at Queen’s University in Kingston. When she’s not out exploring historical locations in the city, Phoebe is completing a certificate in Museum and Cultural Management with Centennial College.

Emma Kelly recently moved to Toronto from the Ottawa Valley after completing her honours History Degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Emma loves all things history and hopes to continue working in the heritage sector in the future.