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), $10 for not-yet-members

Registration closes 24 hours before the webinar.


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2019 Webinar Schedule


Friday, January 18, 2019: Grant Writing for Success

12:00noon – 1:00pm

Presented by Mary Ann Anderson (Little Dog Creative Consulting) in partnership with Heritage BC

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Writing a successful grant application can be a challenge – both for long-time applicants, as well as newcomers to the process. Heritage BC and BCMA are pleased to present Mary Ann Anderson of Little Dog Creative Consulting in this hour-long webinar on grant writing for success. Mary Ann will share her extensive experience and expertise from writing applications to over 100 programs offered by federal, provincial, municipal, foundations and private funders.

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**NOTE this webinar is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, January  23, 2019Successful Strategies for Engaging Younger Audiences in Heritage Programming

Presented by Mary Forbes (Director of the Williams Lake Potato House)

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Mary Forbes, Director of the Williams’ Lake Potato House, presented on this topic at our 2018 conference and is now back by popular demand!  Join Mary for this high-energy webinar where she will discuss tried and true strategies for engaging non-traditional audiences in heritage programming. Knowing that the young demographics will grow up to become our stewards for the future, this presentation will be beneficial for any heritage organizations interested in growing their memberships, programming, and audiences.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019: “I have an old, old…..” – Putting Sustainable Artefact Collecting into Practice

Presented by Kevin MacLean (Galt Museum and Archives)

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Museums face daily challenges in their obligation to care for ever growing collections. For some, it begs the question, “Why do museums devote so much energy to looking after stuff that is relatively the same in all museums?” In the past decade-plus, the Galt Museum in Lethbridge, AB has shifted its collecting outlook from a focus on scale and proverbial “old stuff” to maximizing objects’ unique values and stories.

Objects’ voices in the Museum should come from persons intimately familiar with them. Intangible voices are what make the Galt’s objects unique to its communities and region, expanding their value for interpretation, personal connection and Museum use. The greater the extent to which we develop our objects’ intangible value, the more useful objects are to us. Museums can do more with less. Simply being “old” is not good enough.

Join Museum Collections Tech Kevin MacLean as he describes this new approach and how it has led to a more efficient use of resources at the Galt Museum.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019:  Archives Take Action:  Taking steps to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls for Action for provincial and community archives

Presented by Genevieve Weber (Archivist, Royal BC Museum and BC Archives)

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The BC Archives holds a significant number of records relating to Indigenous peoples and communities. As part of its commitment to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, BC Archives staff is reaching out to Indigenous communities to share information about archival holdings, assist with inquiries and access to cultural heritage, and work to improve descriptive standards to better represent Indigenous people and records. In addition to the language used to discuss Indigenous records, staff is also working with community members to identify records with cultural privacy restrictions or requirements. Genevieve Weber leads this informative webinar that will be of interest to Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons and organizations alike.


All are welcome to join in this webinar to learn about the BC Archives work in Indigenous communities, how to access records of your community or family, or how to apply these concepts to your cultural institution or community archive.

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Additional 2019 Webinars coming soon!


2019 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
  • And much, much more!