British Library welcomes Alexander Reford
The guest speaker, Alexander Reford.
Alexander Reford, Québec historian and director of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens, was the guest speaker during an evening organized by the Québec government office in London in collaboration with the Eccles Centre for American Studies, held at the British Library, in London, on May 22. The event was part of the celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the creation of Québec’s London office.
British travellers to Québec
Reford’s began with an overview of British travellers’ discovery of Québec over the past 350 years, as described in historical documents. The second part of the presentation focused on the history of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens, created by the guest speaker’s great-grandmother, Elsie Reford.
The British Library also presented an exhibition of historical documents on Québec during the evening. The people in attendance had a chance to discover documents drafted by Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain.
Alexander Reford holds master’s degrees in history from the University of Toronto and Oxford University. In 1995, he resigned his position as Dean of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto to assume the directorship of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens. Great-grandson of Elsie Reford, creator of the Gardens, he heads Les Amis des Jardins de Métis/Friends of the Gardens, the not-for-profit organization founded to purchase the site from the Québec government in 1995.
Québec in the United Kingdom: 50 years
Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens