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Craigdarroch Castle in 21 Treasures
By (author): Moira Dann



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Apr 20, 2021
$20.00 CAD


8.75in x 6.5 in

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144 pages


full colour throughout
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HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
History of art|History of design|History of architecture|General and world history|Social and cultural history|Local history|British Columbia Vancouver Island: Greater Victoria
Vancouver Island

Told in 21 objects—including furnishings, artwork, and tools—this approachable museum guide takes readers into the family history, local lore, and oddities of one of Victoria's most famous landmarks.

Craigdarroch Castle, built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir for his wife, Joan, and their family, was completed in 1890. Following Joan's death, the castle was put up for sale in 1908, and later housed a military hospital and the nascent University of Victoria.

Since 1979 the castle has operated as a museum and is one of the top tourist attractions in the city, a prime example of a “bonanza castle” and a rich repository of Victorian-era furnishings and décor, as well as objects evoking the hospital and college eras. Author Moira Dann offers the reader 21 selections from the castle's collection, using each artifact as a portal into the history of the building and life in Victorian and more recent times.

The Black Forest clock, acquired by Joan on a trip to Europe; the telescope used by the eldest Dunsmuir son, James, aboard his yacht the Dolaura; the castle's famous stained-glass windows; a nineteenth-century intercom system known as a speaking tube—these and 17 more are described with detail and enthusiasm, and accompanied by photographs. Dann provides careful research into each object's provenance and manufacture, while inviting readers to join her imaginative journeys into the lives of the castle's occupants through the years.

Moira Dann is a writer, editor, speaker, and current president of the Craigdarroch Castle Museum Society board. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative non-fiction from the University of King's College and is a former editor of the Globe & Mail's Facts and Arguments page. She lives with her husband, Sam Bufalini, in Victoria, BC.

Media + Publicity
  • Baseline media outreach to Times Colonist, Vancouver Sun, BC BookWorld, BC Studies, BC History, Ormsby Review, Canada's History, The Orca, neighbourhood newspapers
  • Potential COVID-safe / virtual lectures for regional historical associations such as the Victoria Genealogical Society, Friends of the BC Archives, Victoria Historical Society, Heritage Victoria
  • Outreach to travel and tourism organizations including Travel BC, Tourism Industry Association of BC, Tourism Vancouver Island, Tourism Victoria
Marketing & Promo
  • Regional and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast interviews
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's COVID-safe / virtual speaking engagements
  • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
  • Electronic ARCs
  • Excerpts available
  • HIS006020 HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • ARC014000 ARCHITECTURE / Historic Preservation / General
  • ARC005070 ARCHITECTURE / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
BISAC Regional Themes
  • Vancouver Island
BISAC Merchandising Themes
  • ET034 CULTURAL HERITAGE / Canadian
THEMA Subject Codes
  • WQH Local History
  • NHTB Social and Cultural History
  • AGA History of Art
  • AKX History of Design
  • AMX History of Architecture
  • NHB General and World History
THEMA Place Qualifiers
  • 1KBC-CA-BLC British Columbia Vancouver Island: Greater Victoria
Key Character Names
  • Henrietta Maud
  • Robert Harvey
  • James Dunsmuir
  • Elizabeth Dunsmuir Harvey
  • Pierre Berton
Craigdarroch Castle; Victoria; British Columbia; BC; history; architecture; social; local; design; art; Stgeinway piano; stained glass; Henrietta Maud; historical objects; Dunsmuir family; James Dunsmuir; Elizabeth Dunsmuir Harvey; military hospital; bonanza castle; Pierre Berton

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