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

Register here.

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.


Setting the Stage for Learning: How to Create Visitor-Focused Programs

Presented by Kim Gough and Pamela Morris

Creating innovative, responsive programs for visitors is key to building new audiences and converting occasional visitors into returning visitors and members. Facilitated by Kim Gough, Learning Program Developer at the Royal BC Museum and Pamela Morris, Head Librarian at Dawson Creek Municipal Public Library, you will work in small teams through steps of the Design Thinking process to build skills in creating new programs with visitors, not just for them.  A process scalable for different types and sizes of institutions, Design Thinking uses elements like empathy, ideation and experimentation to arrive at innovative solutions that visitors want.

May 25 – Dawson Creek

South Peace Historical Society
900 Alaska Ave, Dawson Creek

Registration coming soon!


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