Orono Library: Celebrating 50 Years

The Orono Branch of the Clarington Public Library celebrates 50 years and counting! The people of the Orono area cherish their beautiful little library. We hope you enjoy this short video which traces the history of the branch and the story of the Waddell House, its stately home.

Museum Service Updates

Service Update: July 19

Clarington Museums & Archives has re-opened the Sarah Jane Williams Centre on an appointment-only basis for research assistance and/or self-directed tours of exhibits. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information regarding research appointments, self-directed exhibit tours, and our General Health Measures and Safety Plan.

Service Update: April 1

As part of the Provincewide Emergency Brake Shutdown announced April 1, 2021, Clarington Museums & Archives is closed to the public.

Research services are still available. Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information regarding research requests and General Health Measures – Provincewide Emergency Brake Shutdown.

Service Update: February 19

Clarington Museums & Archives has re-opened the Sarah Jane Williams Centre on an appointment-only basis for research assistance and/or self-directed tours of exhibits. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information regarding research appointments, self-directed exhibit tours, and our General Health Measures and Safety Plan.

Service Update: December 23

As part of the Provincewide Shutdown announced December 21, 2020, Clarington Museums & Archives is closed to the public.

Research services are still available. Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information regarding research requests and General Health Measures – Provincewide Shutdown.

Service Update: August 31

Clarington Museums & Archives will re-open as of September 14 for service by appointment only for research and self-directed tours of exhibits at Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre. Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information regarding booking your appointment and General Health Measures – Durham Region Red Zone.

FAQs

Can I visit the Museum to view exhibits?
Yes, self-directed tours of ongoing exhibits at Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre are available by appointment. See our Visit the Museum page to request a date and time!

Am I able to visit the Museum to conduct research?
Yes, the Museum’s research service is available by appointment only. Please complete the Research Request Form, and if needed, schedule a visit to work with our staff team.

Can my family visit to play in ClaringTOWN?
ClaringTOWN remains open, however many of the interactive elements have been removed to limit high-contact surfaces.

What is the Museum’s capacity for visits?
The Museum is currently allowing access for research and exhibit viewing through appointments, which are limited to one person/household per timeslot.

What additional cleaning is being conducted to ensure my visit is safe?
The Museum is allowing access to its spaces through appointment-only visits, to ensure all touch points can be thoroughly cleaned between visits from our community. Research stations or other high contact surfaces will be cleaned between users, as well as other mitigating strategies to keep the community and Museum staff safe. Please see our Visit the Museum page for our General Health Measures and Safety Plan.

Is it safe to handle documents or other materials during research?
As always, preserving Clarington’s history is a vital part of the Museum’s operation, and materials in the Museum’s collection may only be handled according to our policies. After use, materials will be isolated for three to five days (depending on the material type) before being returned to storage. Please see our Visit the Museum page for our General Health Measures and Safety Plan.

Waverley Place Structural Restoration

Beginning fall 2020, restoration work will commence on Waverley Place to ensure this important historical site can be enjoyed by the community for decades to come.

Work will primarily focus on restoring the flat roof and front porch, with additional repairs being completed from the interior. The restoration work will not alter the layout or décor of the historic house; it will focus on structural improvements ensuring the integrity of the building is maintained.

Waverley Place was originally built in 1847 as a one-story, Regency style cottage. It was established by the town as a local history museum in 1961 in part thanks to a $50,000 donation from Mrs. L.B. (Sarah Jane) Williams. The name ‘Bowmanville Museum’ was chosen and the doors officially opened to the public as a museum on October 6, 1961.

Waverley Place was eventually restored as a period home, and now reflects the style of a wealthy merchant family from the early 1900’s, with a variety of room vignettes on display.

Canadian Statesman newspaper front page.

Photo Caption: From left to right: Alex Carruthers, M.P.P.; O.J. Presson, Chairman of the Museum Board; Mrs. L.B. (Sarah Jane) Williams; Percy Greenfield of the Museum Board; His Worship Mayor Wilfrid Carruthers of Bowmanville, and Dr. R. P. Vivian, M.P. The Canadian Statesman, 11 October 1961. View this newspaper through our Clarington Digital Newspaper Collection!

Share your Story

Record your memories and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic in Clarington. The information may be used in a future exhibit!

To provide your contribution, please take the survey below.

If you have photos, letters, artwork, or other digital items to share, please send them to info@claringtonmuseums.com!

Thank you for your contribution.

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Clarington at Work

New Exhibit – On Now at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre

Explore the industries and innovations of Clarington’s history through the work tools, clothing, locations, and remarkable careers within the community in the past & present.

Visit by scheduling your appointment.

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Contact Us

EMAIL: info@claringtonmuseums.com
PHONE: 905-623-2734
ADDRESS: 62 Temperance St. Bowmanville, ON, L1C 3A8