Museum exhibit, documentaries discover three Guelph neighbourhoods

Moving Histories, Neighborhood Mysteries on display through Sept. 4

A multi-year collaboration between Guelph Civic Museum and Guelph Film Festival has resulted in a new exhibit that explores three city neighborhoods – Two Rivers, Onward Willow and Brant Avenue.

Known as Moving Histories, Neighborhood Mysteries, the exhibit delves into the questions “what makes a place home?” and “how do communities change over time?”

The initiative began in 2018 with a series of bus tours to each neighborhood featuring inter-generational storytellers and led by community story advocate Jenny Mitchell.

Those tours were filmed – the third held virtually due to the pandemic – and the footage used to produce three short documentaries.

“The films capture the storytellers, who shared their memories, lived perspectives, and personal anecdotes in the places they call home,” explains a post on the museum’s website. “Equal parts lived history and historic fact, Moving Histories, Neighborhood Mysteries centers the stories and storytellers who shape and imagine community and home – past, present and future.”

The exhibit runs through to Sept. 4 at Guelph Civic Museums (52 Norfolk St.). The films will be played simultaneously every day, surrounded by artifacts and stories from each neighborhood, as well as local film history.

Films can be watched on monitors with headsets for listening or patrons can scan QR codes to watch them at home.

For more information about Moving Histories, Neighborhood Mysteries or other happenings at Guelph Civic Museum, along with admission costs, hours of operation and COVID-19 guidelines, visit

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