Oct 15, 2010
The Museums of
Mississauga have received the Ontario Museums Association (OMA) Award of Excellence for the
Benares DVD Project, which was designed to increase accessibility of the historic Benares site,
both in terms of language and physical access.
The project includes a 13-minute DVD introduction to the site in English and French, with
English subtitles for hearing impaired, traditional Chinese characters, Urdu, Polish and
Japanese; an "Upstairs and Downstairs" video tour of the basement and second floor; a
Benares virtual tour for online viewing; and five
thematic features exploring Benares' history in detail.
"We are extremely proud of this project, particularly the innovative DVD which will
enhance visitors' experience of the Benares historic house," said Susan Burt, director of
the City's Culture
Division. "Not only does the DVD provide context for tours in different languages, it
allows those with limited mobility to view a video tour of the entire house from the main
The project was funded primarily by the Benares Endowment Fund endorsed by the Museums of
Mississauga Advisory Committee, with additional funding from Friends of the Museums of
Mississauga. The DVD was produced by VCR Active Media. It is available for $10 at both Benares
Historic House and Bradley Museum, and copies will be distributed to all libraries in the
Mississauga Library System.
Benares Historic House, which reflects daily life in the World War One era, was opened as a
public museum operated by the City of Mississauga in 1995. Ninety-five per cent of the
artifacts in the house are original and four original buildings on the six-acre site are still
standing. The museum offers costumed, guided tours, educational programs and special
The OMA works to promote museums and advance the standards of professionalism for museum
workers throughout Ontario, by advocating for funding and community support, providing
educational opportunities and networking with peers.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000
businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional
head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of
Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's
Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior
services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is
committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which are reflected
in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."
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Public Affairs Specialist