A federal grant for the Rossland Museum
The Rossland Museum continues to build toward completion of its multi-phase renewal project, and to improve its ability to manage its collection of artefacts, and every bit of outside funding helps.
A federal government press release has announced that “from Rossland to Victoria, Revelstoke to Kitimat, and all points in between, British Columbia’s museums and heritage institutions will benefit from grants from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, has announced investments totaling $905,752 for 19 organizations across the province.”
Funding has been provided through three components of the Museums Assistance Program: Access to Heritage, Exhibition Circulation Fund and Collections Management.
The Rossland Historical Museum and Archives Association will receive $21,600 from the Collections Management component, for a database and community portal. Upon hearing the news, President Libby Martin exclaimed, “That’s awesome!”
Collections Manager Sara Wright also responded to the news with enthusiasm. She explained, “The museum is very excited to receive this grant! It will enable us to take the next step in our collections reorganization project. A new database will allow us to expand our artefact records, monitor their conditions and locations as well as help make our collection more accessible through a community portal.”
Other recipient organizations include the Fraser-Fort George Museum Society, the Audain Art Museum and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. An investment of $285,987 in the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby will support its travelling exhibition Landscapes of Injustice.
The Museums Assistance Program supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. The program fosters the preservation of Indigenous culture and facilitates access to heritage collections for all Canadians. It also promotes professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.