BCMA is pleased to offer a regional workshop series each Spring.  Workshops are held in cities around the province.


March 25, 2019 : Caring for your Collections: The Long Road to Deaccessioning

Time: Monday, March 25, 2019 – 9:30am – 4pm

Location:  Alberni Valley Museum, 4255 Wallace St, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 3Y6

Instructor:  Luc Desmarais


As museum collections grow year by year, storage space is becoming limited and causing a strain on staff time and resources. But before you can start cleaning house, you need to ensure the foundation of your collection is solid so you can prepare from the ground up. It’s a long road to deaccessioning!

BCMA invites you to join Luc Desmarais as he guides you through how small museums can lay the groundwork for collection clean-up and deaccessioning projects in British Columbia. From policy, to inventory, and ethical issues to disposal, Luc will map out your journey to a refined and tidy collection. Participants will be introduced to BCMA’s new Deaccessioning Tool for Small Museums along the way.


Fee:  $40 (BCMA members); $90 (non-members)

Please note:  This fee does NOT include lunch. Please bring your own lunch. Morning coffee and afternoon energy break will be provided.


About the presenter: 

Luc Desmarais has worked as a museum professional in British Columbia for over 10 years, specializing in artifact collection management, exhibition development, and museum project management. With notable stints at the Museum of Anthropology, North Vancouver Museum, and Beaty Biodiversity Museum, as well as several Lower Mainland community museums, the breadth of his experience has allowed him to emerge among the young leaders of Vancouver’s museum scene. Luc’s experience and knowledge on the subject of deaccessioning has him on the road to share that knowledge across the province. He has a settler background, originally from Ontario, but has lived on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territory for 10 years. Luc is a graduate of the Museum Management and Curatorship post-graduate program at Fleming College.


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