The Military Museums

Interviews with TMM Curators and Staff

These interviews with TMM Curators and staff were conducted between 2018 - 2019 by Greg Wilson with The Military Museums Foundation. These interviews include conversations with current and former curators of The Military Museums and are made available here by kind permission of The Military Museums Foundation.

These interviews cover various topics ranging from museum exhibits on display in the Founders' Gallery at the time, discussions on various topics of a military theme and conversations with several members of the Canadian Forces.

Audio recordings of interviews with Curators and Staff of The Military Museums, Calgary, Alberta

1. Interview with Senior Curator Rory Cory, Tour of Duty: Canadians and the Vietnam War, Part 1, 2018

In the inaugural episode, Greg Wilson talks with the Senior Curator of the Military Museums, Rory Cory. They discussed the current exhibit in the Founders Gallery at the Museum: Tour of Duty: Canadians and the Vietnam War (2019), and also explored the context of American and Canadian involvement in Vietnam and some of the personal stories of Canadian citizens who volunteered with the American Army to become active combatants in the War. Interview clips of Mike Male provided by Rory Cory and SAIT A/V department.

2. Interview with Art Curator Katherine Ylitalo, Tour of Duty: Canadians and the Vietnam War, Part 2, 2018

In this episode Greg welcomes Art Curator of the Founder's Gallery Katherine Ylitalo to talk about the artwork on display in the exhibit Tour of Duty: Canadians and the Vietnam War. They discussed the protest movements, the key figures involved and highlight some of the prominent pieces and the artists behind them.

3. Interview with Senior Curator Rory Cory, Tour of Duty: Canadians and the Vietnam War, Part 3, 2018

In this episode, Greg Wilson and Rory Cory discuss individual stories of the American and Vietnamese people who came to Canada following the War in Vietnam. They also discussed the history of the draft and conscription in the United States and Canada.

4. Tour of Duty: Canadians and the Vietnam War (Supplemental Material), 2018

In this final instalment on our series about the Canadian experience in the Vietnam War, we hear the voices of the veterans themselves as they share their own personal stories. Thanks to Rory Cory and the SAIT A/V department for the creation of these interviews.
The speakers are as follows:

  • Bill Lorfing
  • Sharon Wildwind
  • Darley Frizzell
  • James Grosset
  • Mike Male


5. Interview with Air Force Curator Alison Mercer on The Canadian Air Force and the Great War

In the first episode of 2019 Greg welcomes Air Force Curator Alison Mercer to discuss the evolution of Canada's Air Force at the start of the Great War, the technology and strategy as the War progressed, and some of Alison's favourite pilots of the time.

6. Meet a Serving Soldier with Corporal Andrew Mullett, Part 1

In the first of our Meet a Serving Soldier series, Greg is joined by Corporal Andrew Mullett of the PPCLI. They have a free form conversation about Andrew's career in the military, his time in Afghanistan, and his current posting at the museums.

7. What's New at the Museums with Doug Stinson

Greg is joined by Museums Manager Doug Stinson to talk about Doug's journey from a member of the Canadian Forces to his current position at the Museums, and what is coming up in the future for the facility itself.

8. After the War, Live at Lougheed House with Caitlin Bailey

The Lougheed House hosts the Military Museums Podcast in this first live episode. Caitlin Bailey, of the Canadian Centre For the Great War, is our guest and the topic is the touring exhibit After the War. We discuss the themes of the exhibit, the challenges facing soldiers coming home from the Great War, and take questions from our audience.

9. Meet a Serving Soldier with Sergeant Todd Giberson, Part 2

In Meet a Serving Soldier Part 2, Greg is joined by Sergeant Todd Giberson. A 33 year veteran of the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), Canada's armoured regiment. They talk about Todd's experiences as a NATO and UN peacekeeper in Bosnia and Kosovo, and his history with the regiment itself.

10. Walled Off: The Politics of Containment with Edmund Clark

Edmund Clarke is a photographer who’s work has taken him all over the world, and in our new exhibition his work, photographing the Guantanamo Bay American Naval Base and Detainee Camps, is prominently featured. Together they talk about his process, the challenges faced while photographing such a restricted location, and the themes he was working with.

11. Meet a Serving Soldier with Captain Phil Webster, Part 3

Captain Webster of the Lord Strathcona's Horse Regiment stops by to talk about why he joined the Armed Forces, his path to becoming an officer, and the things he is most passionate about when it comes to his service.

12. D-Day and Korea with Ian Christie

Second World War Veteran and Korean War Correspondent Ian Christie talks about his experiences at Juno beach on D-Day, and his time with the PPCLI in Korea. He also discusses his post-war career as a photo-journalist.

13. Dark Tourism with Jackie Jansen van Doorn

In this episode, Military Museums Educator Jackie Jansen van Doorn speaks to a live audience about the concepts of dark tourism and how it can help countries reconcile with their own histories, including Canada.

14. Archives and Artefacts with Walter Brooks

Museum archivist Walter Brooks takes time out of his busy schedule to talk about his career path leading to the museum. We talk about his passion for history and why its preservation is so important.

15. The Battle of Moreuil Wood with Capt. Phil Webster

Captain Webster returns to discuss the legacy of the Battle of Moreuil Wood, its impact on the Great War, and some of the prominent figures of the conflict in time for its 101st anniversary.

16. Canadian Military Leadership with Alison Mercer

Alison Mercer joins the podcast again to talk about Canadian Second World War Generals; we try to evaluate what makes a good leader by establishing an evaluative framework to compare two prominent Generals of the time.

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