New Joggins exhibit dedicated to Reid
‘Carboniferous Cabinet of Wonders’ to be unveiled May 18
Since the 19th century people have been collecting wonders from the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, with each discovery adding to our understanding of evolution.
Today, when you find a fossil on the beach and take it to the interpretation centre in Joggins, you are making yourself a part of scientific work dating back centuries. The Joggins Fossil Centre is recognizing the important contributions of collectors with its latest exhibit, and is dedicating the exhibit to its most famous collector.
“It’s a tribute to Don Reid and the whole art of collecting, and how collecting is an old activity that has been around as long as people have,” said Laurie Glenn Norris, education and outreach manager. “Our curators, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Grey, have been working on this exhibit for the last few months.”
Collecting Communities: A Carboniferous Cabinet of Wonders will be given official unveiling with a public opening at the centre on Thursday, May 18. Most of the items in the permanent exhibition were donated by local residents, including Reid.
“It’s kind of a showpiece where people, starting in the medieval or Renaissance period, used to put curiosities or things from the natural world they were proud of or thought were interesting ... they put those on display so their friends or family could see them,” said Glenn Norris. “As well, scientists had cabinets of curiosities, where they would put things for study like fossils, shells and that type of thing.”
She described the exhibit as a “modern-day cabinet of curiosities,” with fossils from Reid’s collection, as well as artifacts from the coal mining years in the Joggins area.
The event will begin at 1 p.m. with three short presentations from Dr. Janine Rogers, photographer Thaddeus Holownia and Dr. John Calder, followed by a reception at 3 p.m. to open the exhibition.