Building Stories Podcast: Camp 30

Friday, November 15, 2013

Camp 30 Administration BuildingWATERLOO, November 15, 2013 – On Monday, November 18, 2013 the sixth episode of the Building Stories Podcast series will be released. The episode will focus on Camp 30 in Bowmanville, Ontario, a prisoner-of-war camp that housed up to 800 prisoners during the Second World War.

The podcast includes an interview with Martha Rutherford Conrad, the former executive director of the Clarington Museum and Archives and an expert on Camp 30’s history. Martha describes how the property was used prior to World War II, including as a farm and as a training school for delinquent young men. Martha also describes the site as “very representative of what it is to be a Canadian” as the prisoners were said to have been treated very fairly and humanely.

After being listed on Heritage Canada’s list for “The Top 10 Endangered Places of 2013”, Camp 30 was successfully named a National Historic Site this year through the help of Martha and the Clarington Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.

The podcast will be available to listen to on the Building Stories website at under the ‘Publicity’ tab. It will also be attached to the Building Stories entry for Camp 30, a featured location on the website’s home page. The first five episodes of the podcast series focused on the London Life Insurance Building in London, Ontario, Victoria Hall in Cobourg, Ontario, Keefer Mansion in Thorold, Ontario, the Stratford Historical Plaque Program, and Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton, Ontario. They are also available to listen to on Building Stories.

Camp 30 is just one of the many interesting buildings included in a book that the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario is releasing to celebrate their 80th year. Titled “80 for 80: Celebrating Eighty Years of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario”, the book will tell the stories of 80 buildings that the ACO has saved or helped saved. It will be available for order in November on the ACO’s website at

Building Stories is a website and mobile application that enables Canadians to take a direct role in identifying important community heritage assets. Building Stories is an incredible new on-line resource making thousands of original documents, photos and historical records available online from a wide variety of communities. The website engages the public in a way that has never been done before to help explain the importance of heritage in communities across Canada.

Dr. Robert Shipley, Director of the Heritage Resources Centre, states: “Through being able to use the inventory tool in a web-based and interactive way, it will allow communities and individual citizens to take a direct and active role in identifying the significant and valued structures that make up such a vital part of the country’s heritage assets. There has never been anything like this and the result will be to magnify and expand both interest in, and understanding of our built environment.”

Currently, the website includes entries from every province and territory in Canada. However, Building Stories will continue to grow into new communities, as new collections and archives are added to the fully searchable database, and as individuals comment on existing listings and contribute their own sites with stories, memories, digital artifacts, and photographs.

Building Stories has been developed by the Heritage Resources Centre (HRC) and the Computer Systems Group, both at the University of Waterloo, and the Centre for Community Mapping (COMAP).

The development and creation of The Building Stories Podcast series have been made possible by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and the Government of Ontario. The podcasts have been written, produced and hosted by Amy Barnes, a Heritage Consultant from Cambridge, Ontario.


For more information please contact:

Melissa Davies
Building Stories Project Manager
Heritage Resources Centre, University of Waterloo
519.888.4567 ext. 36921