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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Vote for Alfie Shrubb!

Support Alfie Shrubb to become a member of the England Athletics Hall of Fame…

Born December 12, 1879, Alfred “Alfie” Shrubb did not intend to make running his life’s ambition. It was a chance encounter with F.J. Spence and an invitation to join the Blue Star Harriers Running Club in Horsham, England, that changed his life forever. He ran as an amateur from 1899-1905, and professionally from 1905-1912. During this time he won over 1,000 races, and set 28 world records. In 1908, he began his coaching career. Alfie moved to Canada in 1928, where lived in Bowmanville until his death in 1964. (

He still influences the landscape of running through the Annual Alfie Shrubb Museum Fun Run/Walk in Bowmanville, which began in 2003, as a fundraiser for the Clarington Museums & Archives.

Now it’s time to recognize Alfie Shrubb on the world stage!

The England Athletics Hall of Fame “honours those people who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport of athletics” ( This year Alfie has the opportunity to be inducted into the hall of fame and you can help!

Vote for Alfie Shrubb by August 30th, 2009 @

For more information on Alfie Shrubb, see: OR purchase the biography “The Little Wonder: The Untold Story of Alfred Shrubb World Champion Runner” by Rob Hadgraft, available in our gift shop.

Friday, July 17, 2009

All Doll'd Up Exhibit

Come tour one of Canada's finest doll collections. The exhibit includes rare collectable dolls, interactive activities for all ages and a tribute to Barbie's 50th year. For more on our current exhibits and museum events please visit our website @

This post is to supplement our current exhibit "All Doll'd Up" located at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre, 62 Temperance St., Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

Enjoy these vintage Barbie commercials, and Happy Birthday Barbie!


Welcome to the new blog for Clarington Museums & Archives! In the coming months we will be posting supplementary material for our current exhibits; interesting historical facts, tidbits, and stories; and programming information. Please stay tuned!