Last month, I was walking around the campus where I’m doing my PhD – University of Toronto. I noticed that one of the older buildings had a museum and was open, so naturally I went in. UofT has several little museums and collections on display throughout the various faculties and colleges, but I’d never seen this one before. It’s the the Memorial Room Museum of the Soldier’s Tower – the museum commemorates the UofT students, alumni, and staff who have served in wars, from the Fenian Raids (c. 1866) to recent international conflicts.
They have a small, but interesting collection – but perhaps one of the most interesting site they have are various, beautiful stained glass windows, as seen here:
Here’s what the window’s represent, excerpted from the museum’s website.
On the left a Private has “his hands on rifle reversed, and pays tribute to the fallen, who are portrayed in ghostly images on the right. In the background looms the impressive Vimy Memorial that commemorates Canada’s role in the Great War.In the middle window… we witness Able Seamen in the Royal Canadian Navy making a rescue at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic. The western window depicts ground crew of the Royal Canadian Air Force, servicing an aircraft. ”
The museum has an interesting online tour of the museum and the building, Soldier’s Tower. But I recommend visiting it in person. Not only is it free, and they have an interesting collection and beautiful stained glass windows (not all of them were available on postcard) but the best part, for me, is they give away their postcards for free!