Research Assistantships

“The Public History program is a valuable resource for engaged students with
strong skills and fresh ideas to help us support our mandate.”

- Heather Hatch, Collections Coordinator
Museum of Ontario Archaeology

Public History students may be employed as Teaching Assistants, or as Research Assistants for Public History faculty or at community institutions in London. 

Since 2010, Public History students have worked in various capacities at London Life Archives, London Heritage Council, the J.P. Metras Sports Museum, Banting House National Historic Site, Eldon House, Museum London, the Promised Land Project at Huron University College, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, the Network in Canadian History and the Environment, the Medical Artifact Collection at Western, the Wartime Canada Project, the Franz Boas Papers Documentary Editing Project, and the Museum of Ontario Archaeology.  

The terms of a Public History RA placement are the same as a TA position, that is students will work 10 hours/week between September-April.

The number of RA placements and locations change each year and depend on program needs, and student and community interest.

Want to know more? Read about some of our RA experiences.

Behind the Scenes at Banting House, by Stacey Devlin, Banting House National Historic Site, 2013-14

Have any of you ever wanted to work in a museum? Have you returned home from your visits to historic sites wondering what happens behind closed doors? What do employees at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada do during the mornings when the museum is closed? Let me take you behind the scenes!

As Banting House’s newest staff member, I feel like I have a lot to learn. The museum itself is full of amazing artifacts and surprising stories. There’s so much about Major Sir Frederick Banting, M.C. that I never knew! (Did you know that Banting was a skilled amateur painter, who had a personal relationship with members of the Group of Seven? Or that he was awarded the Military Cross for his service during the First World War?) However, there’s even more material at Banting House that has yet to be put on display. This material is stored in our archive.

The first of many galleries that took me through the story of Frederick Banting and Banting House. I got a one-on-one tour of the museum during my first day as an employee here.

Perhaps the most exciting task I’ve been given in my first week was to create an inventory of a new donation of letters and artifacts. Creating a list may not sound very interesting, but that changes when you get to handle WWII-era newspapers, old photo slides, and letters from Banting and people who knew him. It’s also great to see that we are getting new items from generous donors. Once they’ve been catalogued, we can store these items safely and ensure that they will provide material for research and exhibits for generations to come. Read more

From a Research Intern's Perspective, by Raiza Báez, Banting House National Historic Site, 2012-13 

As part of my internship at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, I need to plan a public activity for this summer. When my boss told me about it, I thought the event theme would be related to some of the most popular stories associated with Dr. Frederick Banting’s life, or at least the ones that I find more interesting: his first research related to the discovery of insulin, his experiments extracting pancreas from dogs, the story behind him receiving Canada’s first Nobel prize, his career as a military man, or even something related with his relationship with the British monarchy. Read more.

"Victorian Tweets @ Eldon House," The Londoner, December 2011, by Shobhita Sharma

Come January, the Harris family's ­history will be brought to life through an exhibit based on the popular social networking site Twitter.

"Victorian Tweets" is the brainchild of UWO master's student Adrian Petry, who believes it will make history more accessible and appealing to younger Londoners. Read more.