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New course on Prison History and Cultural Heritage Preservation offered Summer 2023

The Departments of History and Art History & Art Conservation are thrilled to announce From Confinement to Cultural Heritage: Digital Preservation and the History of Kingston Penitentiary (ARTH 202/HIST 241)a new, immersive undergraduate course available this Summer 2023.

This 6-week course (May-June) 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. 

Enrollment in the course is open to undergraduate students from any department or faculty. Learn more on the HIST241 course webpage.

Summer 2023 course enrollment is now open! Register through SOLUS or contact for more information. 

Department of History, Queen's University

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




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