Richard Brisson is a graduate from the University of Ottawa
He has had a number of partnerships in the display of artifacts including the Diefenbunker (Cold War Bunker in Ottawa), National Museum of Science and Technology (in Ottawa), and the National Cryptologic Museum at Fort Meade.
Richard will be offering these talks during the symposium:
a) Developing a Proof-of-Concept Small-Scale Museum on Cryptology and Espionage
The many years of collecting have brought together several diverse artifacts which
require specific approaches to displaying and story-telling. To make the most of the space
available at his home, Richard came to the inevitable conclusion that he had to let go of one
other major side of his collecting - antique vacuum tube radios which at one time included
The displays also thread themes such as secure phones, classic cryptographic
machines (such as Hebern, Kryha, Soviet devices, Enigma, Hagelin, etc), vintage
children's decoders (Radio Orphan Annie, Captain Midnight to name two series),
spy toys and games from the 1950's and 1960's, WW-II suitcase radios from the
Here are three samples from Richard's collection:
The talk will focus on critical parameters on taking several artifacts and displaying them appropriately within confined spaces while providing adequate background information.
b) A Snapshot of Canada and the Cryptologic History - Yardley, Gouzenko, Tutte
The talk will cover three key individuals which were part of Canada's cryptologic history:
Herbert Yardley, Igor Gouzenko and Dr. William Tutte. Interestingly, none of the three were originally Canadian.
c) Cryptologic Museology in Canada - War Museum, Military Communications and Electronics Museum - RCMP, CSIS, CSEC
This presentation will offer a snapshot of Canadian museums that showcase cryptologic artifacts -
some several in Kingston's Military Communications and Electronics Museum.
d) Cryptologic Toys Exhibit at the National Cryptologic Museum
Part of Richard's toy decoder collection was lent to the NCM which was put on display from November 2003 until January 2006:
The talk will cover a description of the major items comprising the exhibit.