Heritage Ottawa Announces the Recipients of 2020 Gordon Cullingham Grants

Monday, July 27, 2020


Heritage Ottawa is delighted to announce the awarding of two Gordon Cullingham Research and Publication Grants.

Susan Ross, associate professor with Carleton University’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, is overseeing a project in Heritage Conservation entitled, Ottawa’s School Heritage: Learning from Stories of Conservation and Loss.

The research project continues the work of graduate students undertaken this past academic year on the evolution of public-school design; the growth of schools through multiple additions; the adaptation of schools to new education uses; the context for school heritage in urban and rural areas; and more. 

The grant will pay for a student research assistant to complete missing data and develop a number of additional school profiles under the supervision of Professor Ross. 

The Selection Committee was unanimous in choosing this worthwhile project and supported funding work already initiated that would provide employment for a student studying heritage conservation. 

Local Ottawa artist Karen Bailey, who describes herself as “a visual storyteller,” was awarded a grant in support of her project entitled The Cundell Stables which combines both art and history. A series of acrylic paintings will record the lived experiences of the Cundell family and capture the history of the family’s horse stabling business in Lowertown since 1890. The paintings will be accompanied by a published catalogue.

The grant will fund the hiring of a historical researcher/writer to complete the catalogue, which will include text and historic photographs.

The Selection Committee was delighted with this innovative and imaginative project that has strong potential for public engagement.

The Gordon Cullingham Research and Publication Grant was established by Heritage Ottawa in 2008 in honor of the late Gordon Cullingham, journalist, broadcaster, editor and heritage activist. 

Heritage Ottawa is pleased to support these projects that will serve to broaden our appreciation of Ottawa's architectural and social history. Congratulations to this year's grant recipients!