The summer students who worked at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum (EAGM) this summer dedicated much of their time to working in the Northwest Mounted Police (NWMP) Museum.
EAGM director Amber Andersen said she tasked the students, Annamaria Gal and Eden Redman, with redesigning and reorganizing the existing artifacts, and supplying them with better protection. They started working on the museum shortly after they started at the EAGM in mid-May.
An area in the NWMP Museum that had been dedicated to a temporary space is now home to the EAGM's collection of NWMP and RCMP uniforms.
“Those are better protected and better displayed,” said Andersen.
They also have more information on how the NWMP was formed, she said.
“So there was a focus this year of putting a little more historical context to the existing artifacts and exhibitions that we already had in there,” said Andersen.
An indigenous room has also been created. It examines Aboriginal communities before Europeans settlers arrived.
“That was one that they put a lot of work into, and it just looks really fabulous,” said Andersen.
The other, pre-existing exhibits were enhanced as well, she said, as some finishing touches were applied.
Gal and Redman had to do a lot of smaller tasks, too, such as repainting the museum's interior and rehanging some of the existing displays, in an effort to make sure that everything they have is protected from dust. The EAGM also wanted to ensure that the information for each exhibit was accurate.
Andersen said the students did a great job, and put a lot of work into the NWMP Museum. It's great to see the new look for the museum, and a greater emphasis will be placed on building's maintenance in the future.
“Our biggest challenge … with our museum is that the biggest and most important artifact is the building itself, because it's the original barrack,” said Andersen.
Andersen would like to see a redesign of the upstairs now that the downstairs area is nearly completed.
The NWMP Museum was open to the public during the renovations, and the EAGM made sure people were aware that the work was taking place. The students provided tours of the attraction during the project, and they created a small brochure that detailed all that the museum had inside.
The NWMP Museum is open to visitors from Monday to Friday, as long as the weather permits and the building can be accessed.