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

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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 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 annual Hardcastle Bursary will make available up to $1,000 to enable staff and volunteers of current Institutional Members, or Individual Members currently employed at a museum, gallery or historic site, to take training in financial administration and management. BCMA Council’s Professional Development Committee decides on the amount and recipient of the Bursary and the award is announced at BCMA’s annual Conference.

Bursary applications are invited from current Institutional Members of BCMA on behalf of staff or volunteers, or from a current Individual member of BCMA. 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 will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • relative need of the institution or individual making the application;
  • apparent suitability and proven commitment of the individual(s) nominated; and,
  • apparent 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.

Previous Bursary Recipients:

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  • 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