Barbara Lawson, Curator of World Cultures, retires after more than 30 years at the Redpath Museum


Published: 7May2018

Barbara Lawson, Curator of World Cultures, has retired after more than 30 years at McGill University’s Redpath Museum. Under her curatorship, the collections were expanded in size and scope and a World Cultures gallery was inaugurated in 2004. This was the first time an exhibition area specifically designated for cultural materials was established since the Redpath Museum’s founding in 1882.  She has been instrumental in developing documentation for the Museum at the national and international level and an inspiring lecturer and devoted mentor to numerous students and volunteers. Her research, publications and collaborations with other institutions have expanded our knowledge of the Redpath collections and the history of ethnographic collecting and have brought international attention to cultural artefacts within the Museum’s prominent natural history orientation.