Temporary exhibit in CFB Shilo opens
- Published on Friday, February 8, 2013
A new exhibit of artwork and artifacts from the CFB Shilo Officers' Mess officially opened today at the RCA Museum.
Men and Myth: The Art of the Officers' Mess is an opportunity for the public to see some of the artwork and artifacts normally held in the Officers' Mess.
At the centre of the exhibit is the famous "Wolfe Table" dating from the 1700's and reputedly where General Wolfe's body was laid out after he was killed on the Plains of Abraham in 1759. Also on display, is the original Grey Cup, another item steeped in legend and mystery which recently featured on the TSN 2012 Grey Cup broadcast.
Art works feature legendary Artillery figures and scenes from Canada's military past. The artists are nationally known and many have works in the National Gallery and the Canadian War Museum, including war artist Robert Hyndman (1905-2009), landscape artists Marmaduke Matthews (1837-1913), portrait artist Hubert Rogers (1898-1982) as well as Lady Patricia Ramsey, the original Princess Patricia (1886-1974).
The Officers' Mess was damaged by a burst water pipe in December and while repairs are made this exhibit is a rare chance for the public to see some of the historic property of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry .
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. After Victoria Day weekend, the museum is open seven days a week until Labour Day.
In photo: A shot of the museum
CFB Shilo press release