Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum (WHAM)

WHAM – Small Museum, Big Ideas

May 10, 2023 – December 22, 2023 Launched in celebration of May is Museum Month, this Norfolk County Heritage & Culture Department exhibition highlights local historian and artist William Edgar Cantelon (b. 28/03/1866 – d. 04/03/1950). A sampling of the work produced over Cantelon’s prolific career, his reference photographs, and a few personal artifacts will be on exhibit at each of Norfolk County’s three museums – Delhi Tobacco Museum & Heritage Centre, Port Dover Harbour Museum, and Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum – and at the Norfolk County Archives.  
Run Friday, October 2 - Friday, January 31, 2024 This featured exhibit highlights Ontario's bottling history through nearly 150 years of glass and stoneware vessels - ginger beers, sodas and siphons. You'll be amazed at the variety and ingenuity of this bottling industry.
Runs October through February, 2024 Founded as the Brantford plow Works by James G. Cockshutt in 1877, the Cockshutt Plow Company was responsible for nearly a century of agricultural innovation with the launch of tractors, combines and farm implements. In partnership with Laurier University, Brantford and the Canadian Industrial Heritage Centre, this will be a featured exhibition in the Agricultural Gallery.
Runs July through September, 2023 Barns have become an important part of our agricultural heritage but with the ever changing needs of the farming industry, many have vanished. Explore the historic barns of Waterford and Townsend through Pat II of A Disappearing Landscape.
Runs Wednesday, October 18 to Saturday, January 6, 2024 A celebration in honour of the WTHS as we mark the last year of the society with over 50 years of preserving, documenting, collecting and showcasing Waterford and Townsend's History.

Exhibit runs until June 30th

Discovered in 1897 just outside of Port Dover by a local farmer draining his field, the Marbug Mastodon was one of the largest discoveries of Mastodon remains ever unearthed in Ontario’s soils. Discover what life was for the Marbug Mastodon during the last Ice Age in what is now Norfolk County. Specially curated by Sam Welch  

November 7, 2018 - February 15, 2019

Crafted between 1914 and 1918, entire communities joined together to create remarkable Red Cross signature quilts in support of their soldiers and the war effort. For the first time ever, this collection of stunning works of art have been brought together to highlight an amazing history of devotion, perseverance, and commemoration of the Great War.

August 7 - November 29, 2019

Forty years ago – Tuesday, August 7, 1979 - three tornadoes touched down in southwestern Ontario and carved out a 60 kilometre path of destruction. This visual exhibit highlights the impact the tornadoes had on rural Norfolk and downtown Waterford. Image courtesy of the Norfolk County Archives.

September 6, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Nursing Sister Alice L. Trusdale’s selfless work during the First World War and devotion to the returning soldiers had a lasting impact but came at a great cost. Alice passed on September 12, 1919, age 27.  This exhibit pays tribute to Waterford’s Hero and the sacrifices made by so many women during the Great War.

August 24, 2018 - January 11, 2019

This exhibit explores the rich heritage of pottery production in both Brant and Norfolk County throughout the 19th and early 20th century. Featuring both excavated and museum pieces, as well as rare and important examples from private collections. This exhibit brings together a truly unique mix of form, function, and beauty in clay.