Beneath the Surface: The Archives of Arthur Nestor


This website and catalogue are the archive of a parafictional exhibition undertaken by third and fourth year undergraduates enrolled in Museum and Curatorial Studies.

In December 1975, Dr. Arthur Nestor, a zoologist and professor at Western University, quit his job and left London, much to the surprise of his colleagues and friends. He left in haste and his office was packed up in boxes and stored, remaining undisturbed until the summer of 2014 when renovations led to its rediscovery. Students in Museum Studies have been given the task of sorting through and categorizing his documents, reconstructing his office, and researching his career. Some questions remain: Where did Dr. Nestor go in 1975? What was he actually researching? And why do his documents seem to suggest that he had invested a great deal of time in studying and searching for lake monsters in the Great Lakes region? As students dig deeper into the files, answers to these questions will hopefully be found.

See the website and catalogue here:

About Kirsty Robertson

Kirsty Robertson is Associate Professor of contemporary art and Director of museum and curatorial studies at Western University, Canada.

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