Gary Hughes

Gary Hughes, curator of history and technology, material culture
New Brunswick Museum

Gary Hughes, Curator of History and Technology, grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, was the product of local schools and has been employed at the New Brunswick Museum since 1976. In that time he has served in a variety of curatorial positions, including Chief Curator from 1985 to 2000. Responsibilities in collections acquisition and interpretation include maps and architectural plans, military, industrial, scientific and labour history and material culture. Mr. Hughes has an M.A. in History from the University of New Brunswick. During his career at the New Brunswick Museum (NBM) he has curated 25 exhibitions, including three which have or will travel nationally with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage – Music of the Eye: Architectural Drawings of Canada’s First City, 1822-1914 for which he wrote an accompanying catalogue by the same name and The Lure of the River: Sport Fishing in New Brunswick. The third national traveling exhibition was opened at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John in November, 2005 and entitled Ordinary People in Extraordinary Conflict: New Brunswickers in Wartime, 1914-1946. It is still travelling. In 2008 he contributed one of several chapters in support of the exhibition catalogue Building New Brunswick. The chapter summarizes the architectural history of the province during the time-span 1840-1915.