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The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World
A new virtual exhibition
from the McCord Museum
November 29, 2002 — The McCord Museum of Canadian
History announces the launch of its virtual exhibition, The
Victoria Bridge — The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World,
accessible in December 2002 through the McCord's Web site
(www.mccord-museum.qc.ca). This dynamic, bilingual exhibition
uses Museum artifacts, photographs and archival documents to
tell the fascinating story behind the construction of one of
Montreal's landmarks, the Victoria Bridge. Inaugurated in
1860, the bridge was considered a major technological
breakthrough for its time and was widely referred to as
"the eighth wonder of the modern world."
Victoria Bridge — The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World
explores the social and economic context that motivated the
construction of a railway bridge extending across the St.
Laurence River and examines the advances in engineering that
made the project possible. Thought-provoking thematic sections
include Innovation, Elation and Challenge.
Richly illustrated and accompanied by an evocative sound
track, The Victoria Bridge brings to life an important
event in Montreal history and renders it accessible to
visitors regardless of their geographic location. The launch
of this virtual exhibition coincides with the unveiling of a
plaque by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Historic
Sites and Monuments Board of Canada on November 29, 2002 at
the McCord Museum. The plaque is intended to commemorate the
significance of the Victoria Bridge to our nation's history.
possible through the generous support of Canadian Heritage
through the Museum Assistance Program, The Victoria Bridge
— The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World was created
under the direction of Dr Nicole Vallières, the McCord's
Director of Collection and Information Management, and shaped
by research and design undertaken by Musée Media, Luc
Bouvrette, Sono Design and the McCord Museum. The virtual tour
was produced by Labidéeclic.
Bridge — The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World
is the third in the Museum's program of virtual exhibitions.
Launched in 2001 with The Magic Lantern and followed in
July 2002 with Urban Life through Two Lenses, the
exhibitions aim to apply new information technology to meet
the educational needs of both schoolchildren and the general
public. With The Victoria Bridge, the McCord provides
the public with yet another innovative tool for accessing its
remarkable collection and for gaining a fresh understanding of
acknowledge the financial support of the Department of
Canadian Heritage through the Museum Assistance Program
Nike Langevin, (514) 398-7100, ext. 251
available upon request.