Project: Community and Sustainability Decks with Exhibits
Funding Received: $80,000
In 2017, the Britannia Mine Museum built new decks and exhibits, located on the footprint of historic building foundations, to celebrate BC|Canada150. These new museum spaces connect visitors to the history of the community and explore early and modern relationships with Howe Sound. The exhibit also explores the environmental legacy of Britannia Beach, past and present, and places that legacy Britannia Beach within the larger context of the region.
During this project, a new relationship was developed between the Britannia Mine Museum and the Squamish Lillooet Cultural Centre. The SLCC assisted with content development and engaged the Squamish Nation. The Museum also established a relationship with local underwater photographers who regularly dive and document the Howe Sound – which has lead to the planning of future programming.
The immediate Britannia Beach community is very proud of Howe Sound. The community now benefits from programming that utilizes the new Howe Sounds decks and exhibits, gaining a deeper awareness of the Sound. In addition, the Museum has used quotes in the exhibit from community members, describing their relationship to both Britannia Beach and Howe Sound, allowing them to contribute their own voices to the legacy of the exhibit.
Being so close to BC’s largest urban centre, this project also presents a legacy to a wider audience that reflects the tale of not just Britannia Beach, but of many communities throughout the province. Howe Sound can be seen as a microcosm of the province’s story, beginning with Aboriginal use of the land pre-contact and colonial settlement, followed by the discovery of natural resources, leading to industrial development and community growth. The story is now brought up to date with modern environmental responsibilities, including remediation of contaminated sites. It also presents the story of the resolve of community spirit.