The Joe Nagel Technology Bursary, worth up to $1,000 annually, may be presented at the BCMA Provincial Conference Awards Banquet each fall.

UPDATE as of July 2016: This bursary is currently under review by BCMA Council and will be re-launched and awarded in 2017. What exists below are details currently under review. Please use them as guidelines only at this time.


Details About the Bursary

The British Columbia Museums Association honours Joe’s memory with the Joe Nagel Technology Bursary to enable a member of the Association to implement an innovative use of technology in the museum, art gallery, or heritage fields. The Bursary will assist a member in good standing to preserve, educate, store and/or increase public access through the application of the innovative technology. The Bursary was established as an incentive to the Association’s constituency to encourage the pursuit of excellence in technological advancement.  Interest from the Bursary Fund makes available up to $1,000 per year to members of the Association and will be announced at the BCMA Annual Provincial Conference. A committee of the BCMA Council decides on the Bursary recipient(s).


About Joe Nagel

This Bursary honours the memory of the late Joe Nagel, 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 internationally. He distinguished himself by “thinking outside the box” and leading the path in the application of new technologies in innovative ways.


Bursary Recipients:

  • 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.