This month sees the 99th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion of 1917 in Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to the first test of an atomic bomb, this explosion caused by a collision in Halifax harbour involving a ship carrying munitions to WWI battlefields, was the world’s largest ever man-made blast and resulted in over 2,000 fatalities.
CMCI teaching Dr Kevin Milburn went to Canada to give a talk about the event and the responses to it, particularly artistic ones, at the 2016 Universities Art Association of Canada Conference at L’Université du Québec à Montréal. Kevin spoke in the ‘To Protect and Conserve: Memory, Art and Preservation’ session.
Interestingly, each year, as thanks for the help that the city of Boston, Massachusetts, gave to Halifax in the aftermath of the disaster, Halifax provides a Christmas Tree for Boston. Here’s is a picture of this year’s model being waved off as it starts its journey from Canada to the USA.