Legacy Collection

About the Collection

The exhibits at our Diabetes Management and Education Centre (DMEC) are based on paintings, prints, artefacts, manuscripts and memorabilia created by, or relating to, Sir Frederick Banting.

The displays are assembled in various ‘storylines’ designed to inform and inspire. The ‘storylines’ have been prepared, in part, to support the “Expected Outcomes” of the Ontario school system curriculum for health, history, science, culture and heritage.

Most of the items in the collection are irreplaceable and hence, SFBLF has chosen to exhibit by using digital reproductions primarily along with some original pieces.

SFBLF has negotiated long-term access/loan agreements with many organizations and individuals. A small number of items are owned by SFBLF.

Major contributors to the collection and/or related images and information include:

* International Diabetes Federation (World Diabetes Atlas)

* Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, U of T (Insulin Archive/UNESCO World Resource)

* New Tecumseth Public Library (Banting Digital Library)

* Simcoe County Archives (manuscripts, sketches, photo albums, some artefacts)

* Museum on the Boyne (period furniture and related artefacts)

* Connaught Archives – Sanofi Pasteur (Insulin in the 80’s)

* Banting Family members (prints, family photos, framed documents, selected artefacts)

* Organizations and families, (original art work, limited edition prints, commemorative medals, signed photographs, rare memorial program, period furniture, cartoon prints, original newspapers)

* Red Oak Digital and Papermoon Gallery (image rendering, plaking and framing) and The Printing House (Alliston).

* Snack IS (Toronto) – original designs for interior and exterior exhibits

* Artform Graphics (Leduc, Alberta) – Logo designer

* George van der Meer – custom display cases

Evolution of the Exhibits

November 2012

A few exhibits were assembled for the occasion of the official opening of the renovated Farmhouse.

November 2013

Exhibit ‘storylines’ were created using extensive image selections from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. The images were ‘plaked’ as a quick and inexpensive approach to support the official opening of the Heritage/Reception building. Display cases, artefacts and prints were added.

November 2014

Most of the original displays were reconfigured, replaced and expanded by the design team at Snack Is (Toronto) supported in part by Sanofi Pasteur. The Snack design team created the Banting exhibits at the Connaught Archive and in the MaRS building at U of T.


* Creation of exterior information exhibits along the Banting Legacy Trail

* Display of selected construction projects images in the Octagonal Drive Shed

* New multi-media content including special videos

* Modern day insulin production, delivery methods and monitoring technology   (Phase 3 Bulding)

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