Our popular Heritage Ottawa Free Lecture Series runs from September to June every year, and features a wide range of interesting speakers and topics pertaining to Ottawa's history and heritage.
Each February, we present the Phillips Memorial Lecture in honour of Heritage Ottawa’s co-founders, Bob and Mary Anne Phillips, two pioneers of heritage conservation in Ottawa.
Unless otherwise noted, lectures are free and are held at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, located at 120 Metcalfe Street at the corner of Laurier Avenue. Elevators are available and the room is wheelchair accessible.
Lectures begin at 7:00pm, last approximately one hour and are followed by an informal gathering.
There is no need to pre-register. We look forward to welcoming you at our next Heritage Ottawa event!
The Algonquins of PikwàkanagànWednesday, January 16, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
Join us for a special evening presentation by Pikwàkanagàn Elder Ron Bernard on the past and present of this vibrant Algonquin community.
Pikwàkanagàn, meaning “a hilly place,” is situated...
Modern History: Preserving Canada’s legacy of modernismThursday, February 21, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00Ottawa Art Gallery50 Mackenzie King BridgeOttawa, ON K1N 0C5CanadaHeritage Ottawa 2019 Phillips Memorial Lecture
The architecture of the Modernist movement once spoke of the future. Now the buildings of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s are past middle age. They need...
Meet the Developers: Apartment Building Construction in Ottawa, 1900 to the PresentWednesday, March 20, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
Although developers of Ottawa’s apartment buildings are less well-known than the architects who designed them—after all, it is a building’s appearance that endures—it was these local entrepreneurs...
NCC’s Assessment and Rescue of Archaeological Legacy in the Capital Region: Summary of ResultsWednesday, April 17, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
The erosion of ancient shorelines along coasts and inland rivers and lakes due to sea level rise, and the increased frequency and severity of flooding has been characterized as a global crisis for...
A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament: A new book on the architecture and history of the Centre BlockWednesday, June 19, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00Orange Art Gallery290 City Centre AvenueOttawa, ON K1R 1C7Canada
A Canadian architectural and cultural marvel, Canada’s Parliament Building, or Centre Block, has been the focal point of Canadian parliamentary democracy for much of the past century. As the...
THE DIEFENBUNKER: COLD WAR FORTRESSWednesday, November 16, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
A marvel of Canadian engineering built under duress during the unknown threats of the Cold War era, the massive structure now known as "The Diefenbunker" demanded the development of a number of...
Emerging Scholars: Three TalksTuesday, October 25, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
Join us at 7pm for three informative talks by recent graduates. Each talk will be 15 to 20 minutes in duration and the audience will have an opportunity to pose questions to the speakers....
HOW HERITAGE WORKS IN OTTAWA: THE FIFTH ANNUAL HERITAGE OTTAWA FORUMSaturday, October 15, 2016 - 12:00 to 16:30allsaints317 Chapel Street ( at Laurier Avenue East, main entrance of former Church )Ottawa, ON K1N 7Z2CanadaThe Event is Full and Pre-Registration is Now Closed.
Join us for this informative afternoon of presentations and practical information focusing on How Heritage Works in Ottawa. Hear and share...
From Triplex to Tower: Building Ottawa's Apartments 1945-1975Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
Between the post-World War II housing crisis and the dawn of the condo era, Ottawa witnessed successive waves of apartment building construction - good, bad, and indifferent.
National Arts Centre: The Rejuvenation in its Urban and Historic ContextWednesday, June 15, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:00National Arts Centre53 Elgin Street( Lecture takes place in the SALON, access via Main Lobby )Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1Canada
The National Arts Centre was the federal government’s centennial project to commemorate Canada’s 1967 celebration of Confederation. The project fulfilled a long-held national dream to create a...
History of Ottawa's BrickyardsWednesday, April 20, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
Brick was an uncommon building material in the Ottawa area until the building boom that crested in the early 1870s.
Brickworks for the Ottawa market mostly developed along the banks of the...
Bletchley Park's Outpost in Sandy HillWednesday, March 16, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
During World War ll, an Examination Unit was installed in a Victorian mansion in Sandy Hill to carry out top secret code breaking activities. This lecture will examine how the Unit came to be set...
2016 Phillips Memorial LectureWednesday, February 24, 2016 - 19:00 to 21:00The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat199 Sussex Drive ( use Boteler Street entrance )Ottawa, ON K1N 1K6CanadaSaving Heritage: Preserving History in the Developing World
Please note that PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this lecture.
Harnessing the culture and history of a region can be a powerful...
MacDonald Gardens: A Study in Community HeritageWednesday, January 13, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
BEFORE AND AFTER FREDERICK TODD
The park at the centre of Macdonald Gardens commemorates the graveyards of four congregations from 1845 to 1873.
This lecture will reveal how...
Landscape Architecture in Canada 1870 - 1920Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2CanadaThe Creation of Canada's Iconic Public Open Spaces
This well illustrated talk explores the outstanding work carried out in the creation of Canada's public open spaces and institutions from about...
CRAFT, HERITAGE AND DIGITAL TOOLSWednesday, November 18, 2015 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
Digital technologies play an increasingly significant role in large, complex heritage documentation projects such as the one under way for the Parliament Buildings National Historic Site of Canada...
REINVENTING BUILDING 94 AT THE CENTRAL EXPERIMENTAL FARMWednesday, October 14, 2015 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2CanadaThe New Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum
The masterful re-purposing of Building 94, a "Recognized" Federal Heritage Building on the Central Experimental Farm National Historic Site, was...
Behind Closed Cells: The Architecture of Canada's Jails and PrisonsSaturday, October 3, 2015 - 19:00 to 20:00Ottawa Jail Hostel Courtyard75 Nicholas StreetOttawa, ON K1N 7B9CanadaSPECIAL PUB LECTURE
For over a century, the intimidating architecture of Canadian prisons inspired sentences to be carried out in solitude and silence.
Set within Ottawa's own historic jail...
OTTAWA'S RURAL AND SUBURBAN HERITAGESaturday, September 26, 2015 - 09:30 to 17:00St. John's Anglican Church, South March325 Sandhill RoadKanata, ON K2K 1X7CanadaThe Annual Phillips Memorial Heritage Forum Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Followed by an optional bus tour of Beaverbrook to 6:30 pm
PLEASE NOTE: Registration for this...
A MONUMENTAL ISSUE: The Long Term Vision and Plan for Canada's CapitalWednesday, September 16, 2015 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
Planning for Ottawa has been underway since its choice as Canada’s capital in 1858. Focus of this planning has always been on the Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts located along Wellington...
City Water and Country Air: Rockcliffe Park at 150Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 19:30Rockcliffe Park Recreation Centre, Library Building380 Springfield RoadOttawa, ON K1M 0K7Canada
Rockcliffe Park has long been a Village within a city setting. Its early history is closely linked to Frederick Law Olmsted, whose remarkable planning philosophy was imported to Canada by...
20th Century Built Heritage Symposium / NCC Capital Urbanism LabThursday, May 7, 2015 - 18:00National Capital Commission (NCC)NCC Headquarters, Capital Urbanism Lab40 Elgin Street, 5th FloorOttawa, ON K1P 1C7Canada
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Conserving the Modern in Canada Conference held at Trent University in 2005, the National Capital Commission's Capital Urbanism Lab is pleased to...
Ottawa’s Frontier ModernismWednesday, April 15, 2015 - 19:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 1E7Canada
Beginning as a settlement built on the forest frontier, Ottawa has largely been shaped by Modern ideas over the past two centuries. Since Confederation, it has had a complicated relationship with...
Taking Care of Business: The Mausoleum Promoter and the CemeteryWednesday, March 18, 2015 - 19:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 1E7Canada
Beechwood Cemetery was established in Ottawa in 1873. Now almost one hundred and fifty years old, it is recognized for its naturalistic, pastoral and picturesque landscape. It features a number of...
The Way Forward for Heritage in the Capital: Beginning A New ConversationThursday, February 19, 2015 - 18:00 to 20:00NCC HeadquartersCapital Urbanism Lab40 Elgin Street, 5th FloorOttawa, ON K1P 1C7Canada
The National Capital Commission (NCC) and Heritage Ottawa are proud to present a panel discussion about emerging ideas in Canadian and international heritage conservation, and how these ideas...