Chesterfield Museum in Derbyshire, England

David Kattegatsiak, 2013

Chesterfield Inlet Exhibit’s in ‘CHESTERFIELD Museum’ in Derbyshire, England:

The ‘Chesterfield Inlet exhibit’ and ‘Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery exhibitions’ and events was originally started in 2003 in United Kingdom with curator Anne-Marie Knowles of Chesterfield Museum exhibit titled – “What’s in a Name?” that ran from August, 16 – November 7, 2003 in the town of Chesterfield, located in Derbyshire England to find out about other places, people and things in the world that have the name ‘Chesterfield’; Chesterfield is a town of approximately 100,000 people that is located north of London, and the Museum has about 25,000 – 27,000 visitors per year. This unique project was originally started in August, 2003 between Chesterfield Museum in Derbyshire, England and a small remote municipality of Chesterfield Inlet in Nunavut credits to Anne-Marie Knowles, curator of Derbyshire in England and Shaun Klassen from Winnipeg, Manitoba – who was an Intern summer student in Chesterfield Inlet that took part on the project with local Economic Development from – April to August, 2003 with the University of Manitoba – Department of City Planning that worked and coordinated on a project – ‘Community Based – Planning Development’ with local Economic Development Officer in Chesterfield Inlet – credit to the Dept. of ED&T – Government of Nunavut, Kivalliq Regional Office who supported this project during that time.

Photo by Anne-Marie Knowles, Curator, May, 2012 – Chesterfield Museum, UK

Photo by Anne-Marie Knowles, Curator, May, 2012 – Chesterfield Museum, UK

The Museum has bought items from local members of the community in Chesterfield Inlet in August, 2003 – Inuit traditional Amauti that is worn by woman to carry a baby on the back, which was made by Rita Kadluk and embroidery created by Eva Tanuyak. This project has benefitted in terms of raising International awareness/interests in Inuit traditional culture to Inuit traditional clothing, history, and information about the community of Chesterfield Inlet in Nunavut.

The current exhibit features a computer link to Chesterfield Inlet Internet webpage – that was initiated June, 2002 along with number of photographs and a community description and its history for preservation of communities’ history to initiate tourism and economic opportunities in a small remote community of Chesterfield Inlet. Through the years of research on historical photos, Chesterfield Inlet website has link-up with Mystic Seaport Museum and New Bedford Whaling Museum in relations to whalers from mid-1800s to early 1900s during the whaling era. The museum curator of Chesterfield, England, contacted our community in her quest to gather information on – What’s in a Name? the people, places, and things in the world, which share the name “Chesterfield”. This project was initiated by the Chesterfield Museum & Art Gallery from August 16 – November 7, 2003 in UK.

The Chesterfield Inlet artist and carver’s initiative is intended to approach to economic development, which encourages local people to work together in cooperative development to set their own local economic development goals, objectives and community development to implement their own community strategies to realize these goals and objectives; and to implement their initiatives – “success measures” to chart their progress in a small remote community where resources and programs are limited to work and coordinate with members of the community basically in non-decentralized municipality.

This is a recent photo of Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut exhibit/display locally produced taken in Chesterfield Museum in Derbyshire, England on May, 2012 that showcase Inuit culture, history, Inuit traditional clothing and information about Chesterfield Inlet, which also display municipality of Chesterfield Inlet flag. The museum also displays the types of newspapers available in Nunavut/Kivalliq region including information about Nunavut territory.


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