“Supporting financial administration and management training for staff and volunteers working in BC museums and cultural institutions.”

Sponsored by:

island savings

About Barrie Hardcastle

The late Barrie Hardcastle, a former director of the Nanaimo Centennial Museum, was an active supporter of the BC Museums Association and an energetic BCMA Councillor.

Mr. Hardcastle was very concerned that the financial and managerial aspects of museum and art gallery operations tended to be overlooked or taken for granted. He felt that improvements in these areas would assist the museums and art galleries of BC by improving everyday effectiveness and preparing them for the future.

The Bursary

The Hardcastle Bursary is awarded annually to enable staff and volunteers of our member institutions, or individual members currently employed at a museum, gallery or historic site, to participate in financial administration and management training. Up to $1,000 is awarded annually.

Bursary applications are invited from BC Museums Association Institutional Members on behalf of staff or volunteers, or from individual members. There is no restriction on the training provider, but the proposed training opportunity must have a financial administration or management focus.

Consideration will be given to both credit and non-credit educational opportunities. Eligible expenses include tuition or registration fees, travel, and textbooks.

Applications are evaluated on the basis of:

  • Financial need of the institution or individual making the application;
  • Suitability and proven commitment of the individual(s) nominated; and,
  • Value-for-money of the training selected. Tuition and expenses for a credit course at a local college may be rated higher than an application for fees, travel, and accommodation for a three-day workshop in Vancouver, for example.


Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Bursary Winners!

Rebecca Hall, Fernie Museum

Alicia Hughes, Two Rivers Gallery

Barbara Laass, The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre


Bursary Recipients:

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  • Rebecca Hall, Fernie Museum, 2020
  • Alicia Hughes, Two Rivers Gallery, 2020
  • Barbara Laass, The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre, 2020
  • Julianna Weisgarber from Oliver and District Heritage Society, 2019
  • Kelly Brown from PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives, 2019
  • Maya Gauthier from Penticton Art Gallery, 2019
  • Erin Henshaw from The Robert Bateman Centre, 2017
  • Lorraine Bell of the Qualicum Beach Museum to be used for participation in Raising Money for your Cultural Organization with UVic’s Cultural Resource Management Program, 2016
  • Eleonora Sermoneta 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, 2016
  • Joanna Cramond and Kristin Fairbairn of the Vancouver Police Museum to be used to cover costs for attending the professional development course “Managing Cultural Organizations” through the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management Program, 2010
  • Rosaleen Boardman of the Hudson’s Hope Museum to be used to cover the costs for attending the professional development course “Communicating Through Exhibitions” at the University of Victoria, 2009
  • Sarah Benson, Museum & Archives Director of the Trail Historical Society (managing the Trail Museum, Trail City Archives and the Trail Sports Hall of Memories) to assist with professional development through the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management Program, 2006
  • Leah Best, Nelson Museum, Archives & Art Gallery to attend the University of Victoria Cultural Resource Management course, Financial Management in Cultural Institutions, 2005
  • Melodie Godsman of the Hudson’s Hope Museum for a financial course as part of her ongoing CGA training, 2004
  • Jeanette Taylor, Executive Director, Campbell River and District Public Art Gallery, to attend the University of Victoria Cultural Resource Management program course that provides participatory instruction in all key areas of financial management tailored to non-profit organizations, 2003
  • Sunshine Coast Maritime Museum for an upgrade of accounting practices and training for staff and volunteers,1999
  • Susan Michi Sirovyak, Japanese Canadian National Museum & Archives Society, 1998, for an SFU course, “Strategic and Operational Planning”
  • Sue Morhun, 1996
  • Jason Wilson, 1996
  • Deborah Tuyttens, Museums Assistant, West Vancouver Museum & Archives, 1995, to further her education through “Board, Community & Government Relations” course.
  • Deborah Chapman, 1991
  • Debbie Trueman, Nanaimo Centennial Museum, for a UVic Cultural Resource Management course, “Administration of Museums and Art Galleries,” 1989


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