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Other Name
AUXILIARY ROBOTIC EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM POLICE ROBOT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FIBREGLASS, PLASTIC, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19960112137
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
AUXILIARY ROBOTIC EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM POLICE ROBOT
Date
1985
Materials
FIBREGLASS, PLASTIC, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
4
Height
142
Length
78.5
Width
69
Description
1. REMOTE-CONTROLLED MOBILE ROBOT. DARK BLUE HAND-LAID FIBREGLASS BODY. TRIANGULAR IN SHAPE BELOW WAIST WITH SQUARED TORSO, MOUNTED WITH 23.5CM X 21CM TELEVISION MONITOR. TWO SPEAKER PANELS ON FRONT LOWER BODY; SEAT BELT AND BUCKLE AT WAIST. LEFT ARM MOUNTED WITH SET OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS WHICH CHANGE BY REMOTE CONTROL. "CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE" FLASH ON LEFT SHOULDER; MISSING FROM RIGHT. "VISIBAR" SERVES AS ROBOT HEAD; CONSISTS OF RED AND BLUE RECTANGULAR PLASTIC ATTACHMENT WHICH FLASHES WHEN IN USE. ROTATES 180 DEGREES AND INCLUDES 16MM T.V. LENS AT CENTRE. DECAL OF DEPARTMENT CREST ON LOWER LEFT OF BODY; RIGHT SIDE HAS "MINER'S LIBRARY CLUB LETHBRIDGE" DECAL. PAINTED IN WHITE ON FRONT TORSO IS "OFFICER MINER BROWN LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE". VIDEO AND AUDIO CASSETTE PLAYERS MOUNTED IN BACK; COVERED BY VELCROED ACCESS PANEL, HINGED AT BOTTOM. BELOW IS LARGER ACCESS PANEL WITH PULL, ALSO VELCROED; CONCEALS ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, WHICH SLIDE OUT ON TRACKS. BAR AT BOTTOM FRONT AND BACK; BACK ONE GLUED AT BOTH ENDS. VINYL SKIRT AROUND BASE; FOUR RUBBER WHEELS. RED AND GREEN PUSH-BUTTON SWITCHES AT REAR OF ROBOT ON LOWER PANEL. 2. PLASTIC DOME. 30CM (H) X 35.5CM (D). TRANSPARENT BROWN-TINTED PLASTIC DOME; FITS OVERTOP VISIBAR OF ROBOT, RESTING IN NECK RING. 3. COVER. 138CM (H) X 136.2CM (W). NAVY BLUE POLYESTER COVER FOR ROBOT. CIRCULAR AT TOP, ELASTICIZED AROUND CIRCUMFERENCE APP. 11CM BELOW TOP SEAM. FALLS STRAIGHT TO FLOOR, DRAPING OVER ENTIRE ROBOT. SMALL HOLES AND SNAGS IN TOP. 4. AUDIO CASSETTE. 1.1CM (H) X 10CM (L) X 6.3CM (W). TRANSPARENT GREY-TINTED AUDIO CASSETTE TAPE. STICKER ON ONE SIDE PRINTED WITH "I'M A POLICEMAN CREATIVE SOUND CONCEPTS (404) 634-3382"; REVERSE HAS STICKER WITH COMPLETE COMPANY ADDRESS. CASSETTE WAS LOCATED INSIDE PLAYER IN ROBOT.
Subjects
OTHER T&E FOR COMMUNICATION
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
PURCHASED AND DONATED TO THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT BY THE MINERS CLUB OF LETHBRIDGE, AS A CENTENNIAL YEAR COMMUNITY SERVICES PROJECT. PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB AT THE TIME WAS JIM BROWN, AFTER WHOM THE ROBOT WAS NAMED. ROBOT USED BY THE CRIME PREVENTION UNIT, TO TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT SAFETY, DEALING WITH STRANGERS, DRUGS, BIKE SAFETY, ETC. IT WAS UNVEILED SEPTEMBER 23, 1985. AT THE TIME IT WAS CONSIDERED TO BE A TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH IN ROBOTICS, AND CONSIDERED THE EDUCATIONAL VEHICLE FOR THE 80'S TO PRESENT INFORMATION TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION, AS WELL AS ADULTS. LETHBRIDGE WAS THE FIRST CITY WEST OF ONTARIO TO USE THE ARES ROBOT FOR CHILD SAFETY EDUCATION. THE ROBOT COST $30,000 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $5,000, DONATED BY THE MINERS' CLUB, TO TRAIN OFFICERS ON HOW TO RUN IT. CONSTABLE VINCE ERDOS ATTENDED TRAINING SESSIONS IN TORONTO AND ATLANTA, AND SERVED AS THE MAIN OPERATOR OF THE ROBOT. HISTORY, PHOTOS, AND SERVICE MANUALS TRANSFERRED TO ARCHIVES. IN 2006, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT BOTH SIDE RUBBER WHEELS HAD DISINTERGRATED AND WERE NO LONGER ABLE TO SUPPORT THE OVERHEAD WEIGHT OF THE ROBOT. THE WHEELS WERE, THEREFORE, BAGGED FOR FUTURE REFERENCE AND KEPT IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ROBOT. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112137
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
R.C.M.P COMMEMORATIVE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ROSEWOOD, STEEL, GOLD PLATE
Catalogue Number
P19900007021
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P COMMEMORATIVE
Date
1973
Materials
ROSEWOOD, STEEL, GOLD PLATE
No. Pieces
1
Length
109.8
Width
21.5
Description
WOOD & GOLD PLATE HANDLE , STAINLESS STEEL BLADE. HANDLE HAS R.C.M.P. CREST. BLADE IS INSCRIBED WITH SCENES & SYMBOLS OF N.W.M.P., R.C.M.P. HISTORY & ALSO WILKINSON (MAKER) CREST. NUMBERED ON REVERSE OF BLADE NR. HILT, "CO 388".
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
ARMAMENT-EDGED
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
SAFETY SERVICES
History
MADE BY WILKINSON FOR CENTENNIAL OF ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN 1973. ONLY 1000 MADE, EACH IS NUMBERED ON BLADE. ENGRAVED SCENES WERE PRODUCED FOR WILKINSON BY ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE ARTIST, STAFF SGT. PAUL SEDERBURG. BASED ON TRADITIONAL CLAYMORE SWORD IT BEARS NO RELATION TO SWORDS HISTORICALLY WORN BY THE FORCE, MADE AS OFFICIAL SOUVENIR ONLY. ACQUIRED BY DONOR WHEN OWNER COLIN CAMPBELL, A LETHBRIDGE COLLECTOR DIED. WILLIAM HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON 6 APRIL 1920. HIS PARENTS WERE MARION SCORESBY SKELTON AND HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON. EDUCATED LOCALLY, MR. SKELTON WORKED AT THE DOMINION EXPERIMENTAL FARM (NOW THE LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH CENTRE) FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A REPORTER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN 1943. AFTER FIVE YEARS AT THE NEWSPAPER, HE BECAME NEWS DIRECTOR AT RADIO STATION CJOC ON 15 FEBRUARY 1948. DURING HIS FIRST TWO YEARS AT THE RADIO STATION, MR. SKELTON WAS THE ONLY EMPLOYEE IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. MR. SKELTON ORGANIZED THE FIRST FULL-TIME NEWS DEPARTMENT AT THE RADIO STATION AND WAS NEWS DIRECTOR FOR THE JOINT RADIO – TELEVISION OPERATIONS OF SELKIRK COMMUNICATIONS IN LETHBRIDGE AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA. BY THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT IN APRIL 1978, CJOC HAD EIGHT EMPLOYEES IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. WILLIAM SKELTON MARRIED MARY THERESA FRANCIS IN SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, LETHBRIDGE ON 3 AUGUST 1957. THE COUPLE DID NOT HAVE CHILDREN. DURING HIS LIFE MR. SKELTON WAS VERY ACTIVE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA BOY SCOUT COUNCIL, WINSTON CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL, THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION, LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, YWCA BUILDING FUND DRIVE, 1975 CANADA WINTER GAMES PROTOCOL COMMITTEE, LETHBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISOR FOR THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM, A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE JAYCEES, SOUTHERN ALBERTA COUNCIL ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND THE LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT UNITED WAY, AMONG OTHERS. HE ALSO VOLUNTEERED HIS SERVICES WITH LETHBRIDGE OVERTURE CONCERTS, THE ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION, LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT JAPANESE GARDEN SOCIETY AND THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE COMMITTEE FOR AN INDEPENDENT CANADA. WILLIAM SKELTON DIED ON 13 JULY 1998, AGE 78, AND IS BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. MARY THERESA SKELTON (NEE FRANCIS) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF DR. AND MRS. JAMES R. FRANCIS AND THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF REVEREND JAMES ROBERTSON D.D., A FORMER MODERATOR OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA. A TEACHER AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE FROM 1945 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT, MARY SKELTON WAS ALSO ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. MRS. SKELTON WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN; THE SENIOR HIGH NOVELS, NON-FICTION AND DRAMA AD HOC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE OF ALBERTA EDUCATION; THE LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION; AND A DRIVER FOR LETHBRIDGE MEALS ON WHEELS. MRS. SKELTON WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM DURING THE TIME OF THE MUSEUM’S FIRST RENOVATION AND EXPANSION IN 1983-1985. MARY SKELTON DIED ON 23 AUGUST 2000, AGE 80, AND IS BURIED BESIDE HER HUSBAND IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. [SOURCES: THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, VARIOUS ISSUES; WHO’S WHO IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA 1988-1989 (HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, 1989) PAGES 739-740] *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON DEVELOPED THE FOLLOWING BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THIS ARTIFACT'S ORIGINAL COLLECTOR, COLIN CAMPBELL, FROM INFORMATION IN THE GALT ARCHIVES AND HIS LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY. COLIN CAMPBELL WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 20, 1903 IN SCOTLAND, AND CAME TO CANADA IN 1911, SETLLING IN EDMONTON. HE WAS COMMISSIONED A 2ND LIEUTENANT IN THE EDMONTON FUSILIERS IN 1936, AND SERVED OVERSEAS DURING WORLD WAR II WITH THE SASKATOON LIGHT INFANTRY. IN THE EARLY 1950S CAMPBELL MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE HE WORKED AS AN ACCOUNTANT FOR STERN'S FURNITURE. CAMPBELL WAS A MEMBER OF THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION NO. 4, WHICH HE MANAGED. HE WAS THE NEIGHBOUR OF THE DONORS, BILL AND MARY SKELTON. COLIN CAMPBELL DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 2, 1979. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19910064001 FOR HARDCOPY OF CAMPBELL'S OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19900007021
Acquisition Date
1991-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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