Online Collections at Grey Roots Museum & Archives

Innovation

Grey Roots Museum and Archives holds a collection of over 15,000 artefacts in its permanent artefact collection, including the collection of the former County of Grey-Owen Sound Museum, which began collecting in 1955. Highlights of the collection include items manufactured or hand-made right here in Grey County, including signature quilts, paintings, hair and wool wreaths, commercial items, wagons, sledges and blacksmith’s tools - and recently launched a virtual database of its collection: greyroots.pastperfectonline.com

Presenting the historic artefact collection online has long been an objective of Grey Roots. It provides broad access to the collection, as researchers and visitors have the option of searching the collection from anywhere, and it helps to preserve the collection by allowing images to be viewed without the wear of repeated handling or exposure to light that occurs when looking at original artefacts.

The project to inventory the museum’s collection began in 2008, and took five years. It took another two years to edit the catalogue records. It took seven years (2008 – 2015) to digitize all of the museum’s artefacts. This project could never have been completed without the help of several volunteers, co-op students from St. Mary’s High School and the Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, many university summer students, and a few Sir Sandford Fleming College interns from two of its programs: Museum Management and Curatorship (MMC) and Collections Conservation and Management (CCM).

Digitizing artefacts is an ongoing project, and new acquisitions are uploaded to the online database as resources allow. Check back regularly to view new items. We do our very best to provide accurate and up-to-date information, but if you do notice anything that needs correction, please let us know.