BC | Canada 150 Grant Recipient Project Highlights

Bulkley Valley Museum, Smithers

Project: Bulkley Valley Museum Collections Rehousing Project
Funding Received: $28,000

The Bulkley Valley Museum purchased new shelving to better care for, preserve, and present the Museum’s artefact and archival collection. The impact of the project on the organization has been immensely positive, allowing museum staff to provide vastly improved care and management of their artefact and archival collection. The complete overhaul and reorganization of the storage areas has maximized storage space and increased archival storage capacity by at nearly 100%, and artefact storage capacity by 25%. Objects that had been previously stored offsite are now being moved into the new storage space thereby making the objects more accessible for research and exhibits and ongoing digitization efforts.

 

 

Archival storage before and after collections rehousing project
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Before and after photos from the Bulkley Valley museum collection rehousing project

 

Artefact storage photos before and after collections rehousing project
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The Bulkley Valley Museum has created a more sustainable future for the Museum’s diverse archival and artifact collections by ensuring that the collection is housed in the best possible storage conditions within their current space. Through improved collections care, museum staff and volunteers are better positioned to continue to share and present their unique local histories with British Columbians and visitors from around the world, through research, exhibits, and ongoing digitization efforts.

More information about the project can be found in BCMA’s Roundup issue 273.