Upcoming Events and Programs

BCMA Webinars

The BCMA Webinars program is looking for hosts for our 2018 season.  Please view our Host a Webinar page for more information, or visit our Webinar Archives page to see past recordings!

Click here for information on becoming a BCMA Webinar Sponsor.

Regional Workshops 2018

The BCMA facilitates expert-led workshops in different communities around the province each Spring.  Join us in 2018 for workshops in Abbotsford, Quesnel, and Dawson Creek.  Click here for more info and to register.

BC GLAM Symposium

BC’s GLAM sector partners – BC Museums Association, BC Library Association and Archives Association of BC – proudly present a symposium that will showcase the power of collaboration in the gallery, library, archives and museum (GLAM) sector and set the agenda for future innovation and partnership.

Join us for a day of learning and discovery in Richmond, BC on May 8.  Presenters will share their achievements and aspirations for the GLAM sector and ask symposium participants to do the same.

Click here for more information and to register.

Conference 2018

Mark your calendars for Conference 2018 Kelowna – Innovation and Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration!  Join us from October 21-23 for our annual conference, featuring sessions, workshops, social events, networking, and local site visits.



Past Events and Programs

Provincial Forum – Voicing Contested Histories: Creating opportunities to foster diversity, inclusion and reconciliation

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A province-wide workshop to explore the important role we all play in giving voice to diverse perspective on history.

In the spirit of Canada’s 150th anniversary themes of reconciliation, diversity and inclusion, the day focused on issues and best practices for building relationships to support these themes within your museum or heritage institution. After an introductory overview, participants joined facilitated, small-group discussions inspired by panel presentations.  View the Forum’s Resources here.

Presented by the BC Museums Association, Royal Roads University, the British Columbia Heritage Branch and Heritage BC. 

BC Museums Week and International Museum Day

BC Museums Week Proclamation

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed that May 14-21, 2017 shall be known as “BC Museums Week,” recognizing, among other things, “the importance of museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres and other memory institutions as keepers of legacy, places of learning, and drivers for the economic and social well-being of our communities.”

The BCMA was joined by 55 museums and related organizations from around BC as we celebrated and highlighted the work of our members, discussed important themes for the sector, and advocated for reconciliation and innovation within the sector.

BC Museums Week was perfectly situated in the international museum calendar as it included International Museum Day (IMD), an ICOM-sanctioned celebration now in its 40th year that takes place annually on May 18.

To learn more about BC Museums Week and IMD, click here.

2017 Regional Workshops –  April 10 (Nanaimo), April 24 (Penticton), May 1 (Prince George)

Our spring regional workshops will focus on emergency preparedness for fires, floods and earthquakes. Learn from the experts and begin, or refine, an emergency plan for your museum, gallery, archive, cultural centre or heritage site. Workshops will take place in Nanaimo, Penticton, and Prince George.  For more information and to register, click here

Indigenous Perspectives on Repatriation: Moving Forward Together – March 29-31, 2017, Kelowna, BC

The BC Museums Association was honoured to support this important symposium organized by the Royal BC Museum in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. On March 29–31, 2017, Indigenous organizations, cultural practitioners, scholars, museum and archive professionals convened in Kelowna to review past and current efforts and begin the process of identifying long-term strategies and resources required for First Nations to successfully secure the return of ancestral remains, sacred objects and intangible cultural heritage. Visit the symposium website or read the Repatriation Symposium Invitation (PDF) for more information on the event.

Conference 2017, Victoria

Our 2017 conference was held in Victoria from October 3-6, 2016.

Canada 150 Provincial Forum

Presented by the BC Museums Association, Royal Roads University and BC Heritage Branch with support from the BC Historical Federation and the Archives Association of  BC.

April 22 was a full day of dialogue at the Canada 150 Provincial Forum produced in partnership with Royal Roads University with support from the BC Heritage Branch and the Archives Association of BC. Check out all the Canada 150 Provincial Forum resources we gathered and produced here.