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Work In Progress

June 1, 2023 - January 31, 2024

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At WAHC, we see museums as works-in-progress. Work with us to re-imagine how we represent the stories of working people!

In 2019, we stripped our walls of 20-year-old exhibits representing labour history in Hamilton and beyond. These exhibits privileged an industrial workforce, and realities of work and life that look and feel so distant from many.

Work In Progress consists of a series of interactive prototype exhibits produced by WAHC staff. Inspired by design thinking, we invite you to share your ideas and experiences of work, labour, and activism through innovative guided encounters with our prototypes. This radically collaborative process will help us retool and rework our prototype exhibits over the next year, and inform how we redesign our future exhibits. 

Experiences and understandings of labour and work are always shifting. This is echoed in our view of cultural spaces as valuing process over permanence– we see our Centre as a work-in-progress. Help us challenge how work and labour is understood, and represent your experiences so that others may learn from them.

Interested in having your workplace, class, union local or community group take part in Work In Progress? Contact Sylvia Nickerson, at sylvia@wahc-museum.ca for more information, or to book a guided tour.


Work In Progress is made possible by the generous support of the Hamilton Community Foundation.

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