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Rebecca Hartley


Having completed my Bachelor’s degree in 2022 at the University of Victoria, I am now pursuing my Master’s degree in History at Queen’s. I am interested in historicizing public history and examining how representations of historical knowledge have influenced identities. Working under the supervision of Dr. Caroline-Isabelle Caron, my studies will build upon my earlier research around the roles of museums and how the public has historically engaged with "the past" within exhibit spaces. 

I have spent the last year working as a Collections Technician at the Royal BC Museum where I helped to catalogue and pack various collections in preparation for the museum’s move to a new Collections and Research Building. Prior to this work, I was a Heritage Interpreter with Parks Canada at a National Historic Site. 

Selected Publications


“Warping Narrative: Historical Representation at the War Museum”. The Ascendant Historian 2, no. 1 (Spring 2022), 32-40.

“Victors of History: Museums and Memorials as Venues of Propaganda in East Germany”. Research poster presented at the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award fair (Spring 2022).


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.