Details About the Bursary

Established by the BCMA in honour of Joe’s memory and to encourage the pursuit of excellence in technological advancement within the museum, gallery and heritage sector, the Joe Nagel Technology Bursary makes available up to $1,000 for staff or volunteers of the BC Museums Association’s institutional members, or individual members, to engage in an educational opportunity (course, seminar, workshop or conference) related to the innovative use of technology in the museum, gallery or heritage field.

Bursary applications are invited from current Individual Members or an Institutional Member of BCMA on behalf of one or more employees. There is no restriction on the training provider, but the proposed training opportunity must be focused on an educational opportunity related to the use of technology in the sector.

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:

  • 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.


Applications for the 2019/2020 bursary are closed.


About Joe Nagel

The late Joe Nagel was a former Director/Curator of the UBC Museum of Geology and an active member of the cultural community. As a consultant, Joe had clients from around the province, across Canada and around the world. He distinguished himself with his innovative application of new technologies.


Bursary Recipients:

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  • Marsha C. Stewart from South Peace Art Society, 2019
  • Katie Hughes from University of Victoria, Legacy Art Galleries, 2019
  • Gabriel Newman (Greater Vernon Museum & Archives) to support an educational opportunity related to the innovative use of technology in the museum, gallery and heritage fields, 2017
  • Nicola Valley Museum Archives Association to be used to assist in the digitization of its archive of local newspapers, 2010.
  • Ucluelet & Area Historical Society to be used to assist with digitization of a photo collection for creation of a booklet/virtual museum, 2008.
  • Contemporary Art Gallery in Nelson to be used to assist with redesigning the gallery’s website to include building a virtual gallery for user created content as both a learning and education tool, 2007.
  • Protection Island Cultural Historical Society of Nanaimo, BC, for an innovative use and stretch of their technological capacity to create ongoing, interactive digital island portraits of diverse, everyday Island life, including Island pioneers. The photos will be displayed in exhibits and stored in both print and digital form for retrieval, 2006.
  • MSA Museum to create a database that will integrate collections, donors, in-kind and financial donors, members and volunteers, by hiring Jonathan Lathigee (sbug) for two days of training, orientation, and support, 2005.