I don’t often get on my soap box, but this is something that I want to bring to everyone’s attention. The images attached to this post show the the current state of the Canada Air & Space Museum. They’re packing up what’s left, loading up skids and clearing out the building. Last year, they were evicted. Currently, they have no place to go.
The Air & Space Museum is home to some of the most spectacular artifacts of Canadian invention and engineering, including a scale replica of the CF-105 Avro Arrow, currently being disassembled.
There’s a whole story behind the eviction, and I encourage you to read about it at their website: http://www.casmuseum.org/
I was lucky enough to be allowed to enter the facility, which was once the De Havilland Canada aircraft manufacturing plant during World War II. It was designated a heritage site, a designation that mysteriously disappeared when the museum was evicted. (they claimed it’s listing as a heritage site was “an error”). Hockey rinks are going in when the museum has cleared out.
The museum is a non-profit organization and has no public funding. They depend on private support and donations. I encourage anyone who wants to see the museum find a new home to donate: http://www.casmuseum.org/donate.php or become a member (memberships are currently $20). They are in talks for a new location, but the atmosphere during my visit was very sombre. They certainly need help.
I never had the chance to see the museum when it was opened. I’d love to see it again under better circumstances. Since my visit yesterday, I have been reading much more about Canada’s air and space history, and I must say I’m inspired. I have a new book to read, authored by the still-living Landcaster bomber Philip Gray.
Please tell me your thoughts on this! I’d love to have a discussion about it. This history needs to be saved.