BC Museums Association Welcomes New Councilors and Executive Director

The BC Museums Association (BCMA) elected new Executive and Council members and introduced a new Executive Director during the Association’s Annual General Meeting, held in Whistler on October 14, 2016.

See all details in the official press release:

Press Release: BCMA New Council & ED 2016



Congratulations to the 2017 Recipients of the Awards for Outstanding Achievement!

The 2017 BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement were handed out on Thursday October 5 at the BCMA Conference Gala at the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria.  A staple event of our annual conference, the presentation of the Awards for Outstanding Achievement saw museums and galleries from across the province recognized.  Awards committee co-chairs Jill Baird and Hanna Cho made the presentations in front of a crowd of more than 150 delegates and some special guests.

The BCMA annual awards recognize institutions and individuals who have exemplified excellence in creativity, community engagement and innovation within the Province’s museums, galleries and history community.

Awards for Outstanding Achievement Nominees and Winners for 2017

A big congratulations to our BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement winners (in bold) and nominees!

The 2017 winners and nominees are:

  • Award of Merit – Exhibitions
    • Fernie Museum – An Immigrant Story: The rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello
    • The Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre – Hodul’eh-a: A Place of Learning
    • Richmond Museum – Leave Your Mark – Wang Duo: Calligrapher for the Ages
    • BC Sports Hall of Fame – A Week You’ll Remember a Lifetime
    • Langley Centennial Museum – The Sacrifice and Sorrow: Langley and the Great War 1914-18
    • Museum of Vancouver – All Together Now; Vancouver collectors and their worlds
  • Award of Merit – Community Engagement
    • Musqueam Indian Band and UBC Museum of Anthropology – xʷməθkʷəy̓əm: qʷi: l̕qʷəl̕ ʔə kʷθə snəw̓eyəɬ ct, Musqueam: Giving Information About Our Teachings
    • Haida Gwaii Museum – eMuseum
  • Museum Stewardship and Service Award
    • Costume Museum at Government House (originally nominated for Award of Merit – Community Engagement)
  • Innovation Award, sponsored by NGX Interactive
    • Carl Schlichting, Museum of Anthropology at UBC – for creative and innovative development of mounting technology
    • Nanaimo Art Gallery – Dazzle Camouflage, contemporary art immersion for teens
    • Royal BC Museum Exhibitions Department – Travelling Exhibitions program
  • Distinguished Service Award
    • Gary Mitchell – BC Archives (retired)
    • Kathryn Bridge  – Royal BC Museum (retired)
    • Lesia Davis – Museum at Campbell River (retired)
    • Richard Hebda – Royal BC Museum (retired)
  • Honourable Mention – Impact and Engagement
    • Surrey Art Gallery – UrbanScreen Projecting Art After Dark (originally nominated for Award of Merit – Community Engagement)

For a look back at awards and honorees through the years, please look at the Awards History page and Recipients page.



The 2017 BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement winners gather with The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia after the 60th Anniversary Gala. Congratulations to all!

Barrie Hardcastle Bursary Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Barrie Hardcastle Bursary, formally announced at the BCMA’s Annual General Meeting, October 14, 2016 in Whistler. Lorraine Bell of the Qualicum Beach Museum will use her bursary for participation in Raising Money for your Cultural Organization with UVic’s Cultural Resource Management Program. Eleonora Sermoneta, a volunteer with the Burnaby Art Gallery, will use her bursary to partially offset the costs of tuition and texts for two courses, Museum Principles & Practices and Heritage Resource Management, offered through UVic’s Cultural Resource Management Program.

The Barrie Hardcastle Bursary, established by BCMA and Island Savings Credit Union, supports financial administration and management training for staff and volunteers working in BC museums and cultural institutions.

Conference 2016 Survey

If you attended the BCMA’s 2016 annual conference in Whistler, please take a few minutes to share your feedback and help us plan for next year by completing this survey.

Elaine Heumann Gurian – Keynote Address and Worksheets

International museums expert Elaine Heumann Gurian delivered a compelling keynote address to close the BC Museums Association’s annual conference in Whistler on October 14, 2016. Elaine has kindly made the speech available to share with conference delegates, BCMA members and the community at large, along with a set of worksheets to help museums create more welcoming environments.

The Space in Front of the Door” – BC Museums Association Conference 2016 Keynote Address

Sample Civility Worksheets” – these worksheets accompanied the keynote address (additional printed copies are available at the BCMA office if you would like to pick one up).

Read Elaine’s biography and visit her website to read more of her writings about museums.

Our thanks to Elaine for sharing these materials, and to the Royal BC Museum for sponsoring Elaine Heumann Gurian’s keynote address at the BCMA Conference.

Additional conference materials are available here.

BCMA Conference Single-Day Registration Now Open!

We are pleased to offer single-day registration for Conference 2016 in Whistler!

Thursday  Friday
Member  $ 265 $ 215
Non-Member $ 290 $ 240
Student $ 205 $ 155


Gala Dinner tickets will be available for Thursday delegates for an additional fee. For more information on Conference registration click here.