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

2018 Regional Workshops –  Abbotsford, Quesnel, and Dawson Creek

Caring for your Collections: The Long Road to Deaccessioning

Presented by 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!

The 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.

March 19 – Abbotsford


Sikh Heritage Museum
33089 S Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC

$35 for members / $55 for non-members

Langar will be served across the street at the Khalsa Diwan Society Abbotsford gurdwara. Langar is a free meal served to all gurdwara visitors, without distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. The meal changes daily but will be vegetarian (most likely lentil curry with rotis).

PLEASE NOTE: No meat is allowed on site of either the Sikh Heritage Museum or where the langar is served (if you bring a lunch, ensure it is vegetarian!). No smoking or alcohol is allowed on site of either the museum or where the langar is served.

For more location info: Please contact Sharanjit Sandhra –

April 30 – Quesnel


Quesnel & District Museum and Archives, Quesnel
703 Carson Avenue
Quesnel, BC

Register here.


Making the Case for Museums with your Municipality: Advocacy strategies that work!

Presented by Erica Mattson

There are hundreds of museums across the province and the vast majority of them receive some form of investment from local governments. Building strong relationships and lasting partnerships with municipal governments and regional districts is hard work – but very worthwhile. This session will explore best practices for how to build positive and lasting relationships with local governments.  Make the case to your local government about the powerful role museums play in creating economic, social and cultural benefits for communities and why they should invest in your organization.  We will begin with case studies that showcase positive examples of how museums and local governments in different parts of BC are working together, spotlight common challenges. This will be followed by practical, hands-on activities that provide participants with practical tips, tools and strategies for making the case for support.

May 25 – Dawson Creek

Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts
10401 10 St, Dawson Creek


Cost: $10

Register here


*If cost is an issue for you or your museum, please contact to discuss options.