Our next annual conference will be held in Victoria from October 3-6, 2017. Click here to discover the Conference schedule, sessions, presenters, key note speakers, and much, much more!
The BCMA is excited to introduce a series of professional development webinars, presented in partnership with the Royal BC Museum and Archives. On the third Tuesday of every month, join your museum colleagues from around the province for a lunch-hour webinar. These engaging professional development opportunities will cover a different topic each month, from education to conservation, marketing to exhibit fabrication, and everything else in between. Museum professionals from within our membership will present each webinar, with special guests along the way. For information and to register for the next webinar, please click here.
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.
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
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.
Our 2016 conference was held in Whistler from October 12-14, 2016. Learn more here.
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.