By Claire Kerrigan
Meredith Chilton, a resident of Papineau Rd in TBL for the past nine years, was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General, Julie Payette, at Rideau Hall on September 6, 2018.
The citation reads:“Meredith Chilton, C.M. Through her scholarship and dedication, Meredith Chilton has stimulated and invigorated the study and appreciation of ceramic art in Canada. As an art historian and long-time curator of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, she helped to shape this institution into one of the world’s leading collections and research centres for historical ceramics. Her own studies on 18th-century European porcelain have produced authoritative texts and have shed light on the social significance of this art form.”
Furthermore, at an event at the Gardiner Museum a few weeks later, Meredith, who retired from her position there in January, 2018, had the honour of being appointed the Museum’s first “Curator Emerita”.
Although retired from the Museum, Meredith plans to continue her work regarding early European porcelain, and the dining and social culture of the18th century.
Meredith’s grandparents, Mr and Mrs Ross Clarkson had a house and a farm on Victoria St. for many years, while her son Thomas Chilton, her sister Debbie Miller Masraff, her aunt Sheila Sharp, and cousins continue to live here.