About Our Collections

The stewardship of the collections is a public trust. We value the trust placed with us to safeguard the collection, and we recognize our responsibility to strategically develop the collection for future generations. Our collection is diverse, just like Oshawa’s history, and we are committed to expanding the narratives we share. We care for over 50,000 objects and photographs covering social history, science, technology, and Indigenous history and will continue to strategically manage and develop the collection as a growing resource for education and research.



Peter Pan Portable Gramophone (971.12.10)

With today’s technology, music is on demand and on the go. Back in the 1920s, a portable gramophone, like this Peter Pan model, would have meant you could take your music to the beach, on a picnic, or anywhere else you were going. Many different portable record players were introduced to the markets in the early 20th century, many modelled after the popular and inexpensive box cameras, like the Kodak Brownies. The Peter Pan gramophone was made in England and were first available in 1923.

Information provided from The Routledge Guide to Music Technology, edited by Thom Holmes (2006).