2023 Holiday Message

Dear Cranbrook, As we approach the end of another remarkable year, we find ourselves filled with a profound sense of gratitude and pride for what we have accomplished together. The […]

Canada’s Boozy History

Canada has had a long and complicated history with alcohol. British Columbia was busy doing business during Canadian and American prohibition.

CHC News: February Edition

The first instalment of CHC News is here! Every other month we will post updates on the goings on at the centre to keep our community up to date on what we are up to.

Take a Seat: Chair Design and History

You might not think too much about the history of the chair you’re sitting on but the materials, values, and styles that came before have all had a major impact on its design and functionality. Learn about the intricacies of chair design and what inspired them through three unique chairs in the History Centre’s collection.

Canadian chateaux style: design movement or good marketing?

What would Canada’s version of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, or the Breaker mansions might be? We think that railway hotels represent some of our country’s most iconic architecture. Read about Canadian Chateau style in this month’s blog. 

The ‘grand’ achievement of English instrument-making

How long has the piano as we know it been around? A Broadwood piano is more than a good instrument: it represents an important shift in Western music history. The museum is finally giving our historic instrument the care and recognition it deserves.