Question 3: What opportunities are there for a modernized museum to collaborate most productively with communities across B.C.?

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14 responses to “Question 3: What opportunities are there for a modernized museum to collaborate most productively with communities across B.C.?

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    [-] Jacqueline

    I think the museum could collaborate with research, in particular with research pertaining to species and ecological communities at risk. The ability for scientists to efficiently store specimens and search the collections is extremely important.

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    [-] John

    Share the artifacts. Create a web of collaboration with all the museums in BC. Create a centralized database with standardized nomenclature (AND images), so when any wants to do an exhibit of a specific subject, they’ll know which museums to contact to create short-term loan agreements. Wow, coordination! Suddenly there is an opportunity for a traveling exhibit, with local pride they contributed. Image working with Corrections BC with their impressive collection of Oakalla, BC Pen (I have a tower key). Wait! You could actually tap into a GOLD MINE of Collectors who likely have more valuable items than any museum, and probably know more than your own archivists.

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    [-] Klimaszewski

    The sky is the limit. I will list only a few but this is only a small fragment of a true potential. I will focus only on biological aspect of the museum.
    1. Involve native people in biological surveys on their lands and educate them in methodology of doing biological research.
    2. Show young people how research is done in natural history areas at the museums.
    3. Encourage people to do research at the museum and sponsor them.
    4. Involve interested people in design and production of new displays.
    5. Show how new books are generated.
    6. Let people “touch” on going works at the museum, and encourage building their creativity.

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    [-] Susan

    I think there are lots of opportunities to share knowledge with communities that may be struggling to do the kind of work that RBCM has lots of experience in and have potentially lots of people on the ground who would like to participate in some kind of community project – whether it be cataloguing historical documents or collecting, identifying and preserving plants or insects – but don’t have the expertise. RBCM staff could offer assistance via online platforms like Zoom and Skype as well as internships and training sessions in Victoria for interested participants. Maybe you could call on your members to help with billeting people in our very expensive city and other supports.

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    [-] Jacqueline

    Invite the public to share their memories or collections of photographs and local histories. These could be displayed online. The Archives had a volunteer project where citizen volunteers transcribed correspondence from WWI and the same idea could be used for this. This has the effect of involving communities in their own history and making people feel part of the display. I’m sure many families have stories of how they came to BC (I know I have). It would be good, especially for the young, to know when, how and why their families arrived here.

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    [-] Christina

    1.Make better use of online , interactive and social media platforms. Communicate and learn to engage better on twitter – I have commented a couple of times on the RBCM twitter account and received zero response. It looks like “one-way” traffic.
    2. Introduce Free entry days.
    3. More workshops

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    [-] Hume

    One key component would be asking communities (indiginous and otherwise) to participate in biodiversity surveys. British Columbians are passionate about BC nature. Involving local British Columbians in surveys will allow local knowledge to help the survey and will help tie the results back to local communities.

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    [-] Rhiannon

    Digitization of collections and investing in making more of the collection available online – and seeing to better-than-good interface design and user-end navigation. Educators and students at every level, along with other G.L.A.M. programmers and partners, would be able to leverage the educational power of said access and build all kinds of goodness from the collection.
    I think there are also interesting opportunities to explore in terms of community-sourced knowledge by way of an open online submission portal where people can add local content (maps, stories, etc) which is cross-referenced by means of metadata with the existing collection online. This would be an interesting way to destabilize the historical authority of the Museum into more of a dialogue and bring a dynamic real-time aspect to the collection.

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    [-] D.

    Digitized collections – in my case, digitized insect collections – would be very helpful for biodiversity research and related work here in BC and elsewhere.

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    [-] Richelle

    Increase the amount of the museum’s holding available for viewing/research online. Work with communities via an online platform to produce exhibits using the online museum. Other major international museums have made a focus of having all their holdings online for research, etc. This increases the use of the museum and potential engagement. If you did this, nothing would stop teachers (K to 12) using your collecting to augment their classroom activities. This would possibly be invaluable.

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    [-] Andrea

    Productively? Good question. Perhaps look at developing a travel stipend for schools and/or low income families outside of the CRD to visit the museum on a regular basis.

    The Vancouver Aquarium comes to Victoria to bring programming to our region that we don’t have easy access to. Perhaps we could develop a similar program to hit the road around the whole province?

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    [-] Jason

    Small community archives and museums are struggling with preservation and presentation of their materials. Establish a program to assist communities in digital preservation and presentation of our shared history,

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    [-] MG

    I think there would be a good opportunity to partner with some tech companies to use new technology like virtual reality. The last time I was there we saw an old ocean exhibit with microscopes that didn’t work…maybe this is an opportunity for something immersive where kids could explore the ocean floor or be part of some recent history – say being a forest fire fighter in the Interior during wildfires, or near a rock slide or something where we added new technology to live the experience. I definitely think some collaboration with tech companies on what is possible could modernize the kid’s experience. The police museum in Calgary is one of the best examples of a modern museum.

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    [-] Katherine

    If the Royal BC Museum is to truly be British Columbia’s museum, I believe there should be travelling exhibits throughout BC. Many people in Central and Northern BC, while they have facilities (galleries… community halls… ) do not have access to resources for the incredible programming those in the Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island get to enjoy. I also believe making the current RBC Museum exhibits available to view online is particularly important for non-Victoria residents.