National Arts Centre UK Tour / October 22-21 2014

In the fall of 2014, Lindsay was incredibly proud to be a part of the National Arts Centre’s National Orchestra UK Tour under the patronage of Prince Charles.  The project represented the biggest Canadian arts project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1.  The tour, which included five concerts and 50 educational events, literally followed the footsteps of Canadian soldiers who enlisted a century ago, including Lindsay’s Great Grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn. As part of the tour Lindsay shared her family story at the London Zoo where the statue of her Great Grandfather and Winnie stands, read Finding Winnie for families in the Salisbury Cathedral, and had the opportunity to meet Prince Charles and present a gift to his grandson Prince George.


Remembering the Real Winnie: The World’s Most Famous Bear Turns 100 / RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE, November 5th – December 7th, 2014

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Harry Colebourn and Winnie’s fateful journey, Lindsay worked with Ryerson University to launch an interdisciplinary exhibition entitled: “Remembering the Real Winnie: The World’s Most Famous Bear Turns 100.  The exhibition celebrates the story of Harry – a Canadian soldier and veterinarian - who at the onset of World War purchased a pet bear he named Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg. When his regiment shipped out, Harry took Winnie with him, depositing her at the London Zoo when he was called to the front. It was then that A.A. Milne and his son, Christopher Robin, encountered the bear and the world famous Winnie the Pooh books were born.  The exhibition, which ran for six weeks and generated over 100 million media impressions featured the Colebourn Family Archive – including photographs, diaries, letters, newspaper clippings and a full veterinary kit from the period. 

To visit the digital collection and interactive exhibition, please visit:  www.therealwinnie.ryerson.ca