McGill University’s academic roots are in the study of medicine, its lone faculty until the creation of the Faculty of Arts in 1843. This was soon joined by law and architecture, then physics, chemistry and engineering, and the many faculties and departments added in the 20th century. While much of a student’s life is spent in university buildings, in lecture halls, and in libraries, vital learning also happens in fieldwork, both practical work placements and sometimes (in the case of agriculture) in literal fields. These objects bear witness to these studious moments and to the accomplishments that come along with them.