BC Museums Association is pleased to present a monthly educational webinar series!

Join your museum colleagues from around the province for a lunch-hour webinar. These engaging learning opportunities cover a different topic each month, from education to conservation, marketing to exhibit fabrication and everything in between. Museum experts from within our membership – and other special guests – present the webinars, which are recorded, archived and accessible through BCMA’s member portal.

Cost:  FREE for members (two-ticket maximum per institutional member), $15 for not-yet-members

Interested in presenting your own webinar topic?  Click here.

*Special Webinar Archive Access*

To support our community with the ongoing Covid-19 closures the BCMA has made all of our previous webinars publicly available for viewing on our YouTube channel. Explore sessions on communication, fundraising, digitalization, advocacy, climate change and more. View the Youtube webinar archive.


2020 Webinar Schedule



Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Setting up your Archives

10:00am – 11:30am PDT

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Join the AABC & BCMA for this cross-themed webinar presented for non-Archivists including curators, librarians, records managers and volunteers who have been tasked to set up archives but don’t know where to start! This 1.5 hour webinar will present an overview of archival principles and policy development; basic archival supplies that you’ll need; steps to complete a successful global collection assessment (aka how to prioritize dealing with those boxes filled with stuff); storage conditions and access considerations.

Presenter: Lisa Glandt, AABC EAS Coordinator

FREE for BCMA members; $15 for non-members.

Registration is Full.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Advocacy Week – Institutes and Advocacy

12:00pm – 1:00pm PDT

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Join the BCMA as we celebrate Advocacy Week.

Advocacy, research and communications build awareness about the value and impacts of our members and the BC cultural sector among policymakers and the general public. Advocacy can be carried out by institutes large and small and through various initiatives. Join the BCMA for a panel discussion where we will dive into what these initiatives can look like.

Registration is FREE

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Privacy 101: Managing Personal Information in Collections

12:00pm – 1:00pm PDT

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Join the AABC & BCMA for this cross-themed webinar. Cultural heritage professionals have a mandate to protect records and information while promoting their accessibility and use. Although these two mandates seem contradictory, there are ways forward that balance privacy and access. This 1-hour webinar will present an approach to managing personal information in cultural heritage collections. It will present an overview of basic privacy principles, outline factors to consider when releasing information, and describe tools that can be used to ensure personal information is released in compliance with legal and ethical considerations.  

Presenter: Alexandra Wieland, Information and Privacy Archivist at Simon Fraser University

FREE for BCMA members; $15 for non-members.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Measuring what matters:  Tracking data and measuring impact at your cultural heritage institution

12:00noon – 1:00pm PST

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Tracking statistics at your institution is an important way to measure the impact your programs have in your community. Yet collecting and analyzing that data can be time-consuming.  Ken Amaral, Policy and Research Analyst from Department of Canadian Heritage, will discuss the importance of data collection by museums in our province and how such data can be used to tell the story of our sector. Ken will discuss his work with The Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions: 2019, how their survey seeks to collect and interpret data and what data is important for BC museums, galleries and cultural centres to capture – no matter what the size of your institution.  Ken will also discuss best practices for collecting “industry characteristics” data, such as number of visits, volunteer hours, employees, research requests, etc. Webinar participants will come away with ideas on how to streamline data collection processes at their institution as well as how to use this data to make a case to your local government about your impact.

Registration is FREE for BCMA members; $15 for non-members.

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More 2020 webinars coming soon

Brought to you thanks to our 2020 Webinar Sponsor

Webinar Archives

All past webinars are archived and accessible to BCMA members on our new member portal.

Consider becoming a member to gain access to these valuable resources. Past webinar topics include:

  • Write Your Own Fundraising Plan
  • Planning Successful Exhibitions
  • Strategic Plans: Their Importance and Limitations
  • Overcoming Challenges of Recruitment and Retention in Youth Programming
  • Activate your Exhibition
  • B.C. Libraries and Reconciliation: Planting Seeds of Change
  • Bringing Your Photographs Online: Perspectives from the Haida Gwaii Museum
  • We Speak Translate:  A Google Translate Workshop
  • Climate Change – Implications for your museum practice
  • And much, much more!

A Note on BCMA Webinars

Our webinars are running on the Zoom webinar platform, which may be blocked by some firewall settings. Please contact your IT department if you are not sure if you can access the webinar.

We are aware of security concerns about Zoom meetings and the so called “Zoom Bombing” that has been in the media recently. Precautions to avoid these situations have been taken and procedures such as enabling the waiting room feature, muting all participants upon entry and disabling screen sharing have been implemented. The safety and privacy of our virtual programs are a priority for us and we are closely monitoring the situation and installing security updates that are regularly released by Zoom.