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Issues in History: From Confinement to Cultural Heritage: Digital Preservation and the History of Kingston Penitentiary

An aerial image of Kingston Penitentiary where you can see the stone entryway, two central "t" shaped buildings, and a number of various outbuildings with a parking lot on the left

Offered jointly by the Departments of Art History and Art Conservation & History, this interdisciplinary course offers students a rare opportunity to learn how to use specialized 3D laser imaging technology to digitally document a National Historic Site, the Kingston Penitentiary.  Students will critically examine the history of Kingston’s prisons, study the period architecture, and trace how Canada’s oldest—and most notorious—prison is now transforming itself into a tourist site. The course will have lecture components held on the Queen’s campus, as well as mandatory field components held at the Kingston Penitentiary, during which time students will gain first-hand experience conducting documentary photography and 3-D laser scanning for the purposes of cultural heritage preservation. 

This course is offered jointly with ARTH 202

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.