About Me

Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria BC. Built by Robert Dunsmuir and completed in 1891. It was designated as a National Historic Site in 1992.  (Photo Credit: Laura Waldie)

Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria BC. Built by Robert Dunsmuir and completed in 1891. It was designated as a National Historic Site in 1992. (Photo Credit: Laura Waldie)

Hello. I’m Laura and welcome to the History to the People website. I am a heritage planner based in southern Ontario, Canada. I have been involved in heritage planning, building and landscape conservation, heritage property research and structural analysis in British Columbia, Ontario and the UK since 1993. My specialties include the creation and maintaining of Heritage Conservation Districts in Canada and England, traditional building practices, and the study and analysis of ordinary people who have built hamlets, towns and cities across the Commonwealth.

I hold a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Northern British Columbia and I have two years completed towards a PhD in History (with a planning focus) from the University of Leeds in England. I am a professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and a Provisional Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. I am also involved, through membership, with a number of other organisations including the Canadian Historical Society, the Royal Historical Society, English Heritage and the National Trust. For more information, or to get in touch, please check out my LinkedIn page

My love of history, and for the conservation of the tangible reminders of our collect past, fuels my passion to tell the stories of how every citizen has contributed to a sense of place for all Canadians. That passion takes me far afield when I can. So if you see a red-head staring in awe at your town hall with camera and notebook in hand, please come up and say hello, for I also love to meet new people as well!

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