The Halifax Explosion – as told by Evelyn (Fox) Richardson.

Evelyn (Fox) Richardson, renowned Nova Scotian author after whom the annual Evelyn Richardson Literary Award for Non-Fiction is named, was just 15 on the day of the Halifax Explosion. This short documentary video of Evelyn’s experiences as she travelled from Bedford to Halifax on that fateful day has been produced by June Boswell, a researcher with the Fort Sackville Foundation in Bedford, with funding provided by Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Grants Program. It reflects Ms. Richardson’s personal account of  her peaceful train trip to the city and the horrible aftermath as she attempted to return home that evening. Images from various museums highlight her experiences.  Musical background  provided by Rick Gunn and the Bedford United Church choir.

Please enjoy this fun and informative video, following a man and his grandson, as they explore some of Bedford’s landmarks and the changes made over the past 150 years. Images in the video, of gone-by days were selected from our large library of archival pictures. We also welcome you to come to Scott Manor to see even more changes made throughout Bedford, and Canada! This summer we have two different exhibits, Bedford Then and Now banners focused on the changes of Bedford’s main road, as well as our new extensive timeline showcasing a display of photos and documents from confederation to 2017.