|Colleen Paul, Lauma Cenne, Helena Scheffer,|
me, Dianne Robinson and Michele Meredith
at the opening of the De Musei Fabrica show, May 17, 2018
De Musei Fabrica: Cloth and Stitch Inspired by the Maude Abbott Medical Museum will continue until Thursday, August 23, 2018.
The exhibition is in the entrance to the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, located on the third floor of the McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC.
Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.
|interior view, from the second floor of the library|
The Wikipedia entry for the library says it is "Canada's foremost scholarly resource in the history of medicine, and one of the most important libraries of its type in North America." If the librarian isn't too busy, lucky visitors can get a tour of the inner chamber, with its treasure of 8000 rare and historic books, some dating back to the 1600's.
|The ashes of Sir William Osler and Lady Osler are|
interred in the library, surrounded by his beloved books
The library was designed in 1929 as part of the Strathcona Medical Building, but in 1965 it was moved, with its oak panels, plaster moldings and stained glass windows, to the newly-built McIntyre Medical Sciences Building. A special wing was added to the circular building to accommodate the rectilinear structure of the older space.
I do hope you have an opportunity to take in the exhibition. It's a remarkable "conversation" between textile art and medical artifacts, situated in a most singular space.