Good News and Bad News

The big news last night was that the Vancouver Maritime Museum is moving from Kits Point to land donated by the City of North Vancouver. Hold on! It’s only in the planning stages. The plan needs about another $30 million to go through.

Then there is the fact that the Maritime Museum’s collections belong to the City of Vancouver: “the museum is proposing a careful examination of the many internationally, nationally and regionally significant artifacts and holdings that could be loaned to the new centre,” says Executive Director James Delgado in a press release.

Meanwhile, at the Manitoba Museum, fourteen employees will be laid off as that museum restructures. The Museum may eventually re-hire eight of those people when new positions are created. The museum currently has 75 staff members and a $5.5 million budget.

With the sad news that Victoria’s Canadiana Costume Museum and Archives of British Columbia went out of existence on December 31, it seemed as if Canadian museums got off to a rocky start in 2006.

The Canadiana Costume Museum’s demise came as a result of lack of funding and lack of volunteers. The museum, founded in February 1974, seems to have been missed by the media. The artefacts have been relocated around Canada, to Victoria’s Craigdarroch Castle, Hatley Castle and Craigflower Manor, to Nanaimo, Burnaby, and Vancouver here in British Columbia, to the Costume Society of Canada at Dugald, Manitoba and to many small museums in Niagara Falls. Some of the collection was auctioned off and the money will be given to other needy museums.

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