Canadian Gov-Gen. Julie Payette has selected the exhibition Beaumont-Hamel and the Trail of the Caribou: Newfoundlanders and Labradorians at War and at Home 1914-1949 as one of three finalists for this year’s Excellence in Museums: The History Alive! Award.
The exhibition documents the effects of the First World War on this province – on those who fought, on the families and communities left behind, and on the politics, economy and future of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Beaumont-Hamel and the Trail of the Caribou: Newfoundlanders and Labradorians at War and at Home 1914-1949 is a 5,600-square-foot interactive exhibition the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in Europe. It also examines the experience of the Royal Naval Reserve and the Mercantile Marine on the water, and the contributions made on the homefront, including by the Women’s Patriotic Association.
The governor general’s history awards were created in 1996 to recognize the ways in which history is taught and communicated by Canadians.
“It is an honour for The Rooms to have been selected as a finalist for this award. For me, a major indicator of the success of this exhibition is the fact that the story of the Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont-Hamel – a story so important to us here – is now known well beyond our provincial borders,” said The Rooms CEO Dean Brinton.