Campus Digest: ‘Soup’er job

Celebrating a historic move

Western’s History Department hosted an open house to celebrate its move from the fourth floor of the Social Science Centre to the first and second floors of Lawson Hall. The department has now finished unpacking boxes and moving furniture around, and welcomed more than 60 members of the campus community into its new quarters on Friday.

The department now boasts a display of the Medical Artifact Collection with appropriate storage, a digital lab and classroom, NICHE meeting and work space, workroom for the War and Popular Memory Collection, plus 21 hallway display cases on both floors.

Brian Timney, Social Science dean, attended and said a few words, along with former department chairs Ben Forster and Margaret Kellow, who shepherded the department move over the past years. Guests toured the various work spaces as well as participated in a scavenger hunt that directed their attention to items in the various display cases.

News and notes:

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