CURATOR’S CORNER: A year in review

Sooke Region Museum had busy year

Montana Stanley | Contributed

A new year is upon us once again at the Sooke Region Museum, and we are looking back at some of the museum’s 2018 highlights.

January: Collections manager Montana Stanley began research for the Forestry Path exhibit, sponsored by a B.C. Canada 150 grant.

February: Panels for Forestry Path are completed, and museum grounds prepared for the exhibit’s new building.

March: The annual Artifacts Art Show opened in the upstairs gallery on March 29, showcasing local, west coast inspired art in a variety of mediums. The collections manager hosted a talk on March 14 at Journey Middle School on being an emerging museum professional and the process of creating exhibits.

April: The collections manager and programming assistant Wendy Johnson attended the Canadian Museum’s Conference in Vancouver from April 10-13, returning with new ideas for exhibit display, design and programming.

May: A new team of summer students arrived and helped kick off the historical photograph digitization and lighthouse renewal projects. Two new volunteers joined the team to help in the efforts.

June: Sawmills: More than Machines! opened at the mueum’s annual open house on June 24 and ran until Nov. 2. Another successful year was had with the summer Night Market, starting June 7 and ending Sept. 6.

July: The Sheringham Lighthouse engine was moved from museum grounds to the Sheringham Lighthouse Preservation Society to be displayed in its newly-renovated lighthouse. A plan for renewal of the museum’s own Triangle Island Lighthouse was created.

August: The museum hosted Pagan Pride Day, with workshops, performances, and vendors. Around the same time, a concept was confirmed for 2019’s summer exhibit: Women of Sooke.

September: Historian Elida Peers and the collections manager teamed up to create a display for the Sooke Fall Fair, celebrating winning needlework from the same fair in 1971.

October: Cleaning, inventory and updating of Moss Cottage began at the beginning of the month with the help of volunteers. The programming assistant hosted the museum’s first-ever historical Legends of Sooke Bus Tour on Oct. 25. Director Lee Boyko attended the B.C. Museums Association Conference in Kelowna from Oct. 21-23 and hosted a talk on advocacy.

November: British Columbia’s War: 1914-1918, a bilingual travelling exhibit on British Columbia’s contributions in the First World War, came to the Sooke Region Museum from the Royal B.C. Museum. It opened in the upstairs gallery on Nov. 9, and is up until Feb. 10.

December: The annual Moss Cottage Christmas event took place in our historic home, after two months of cleaning, reorganizing, and decorating.

Seventy-five separate artifacts and archives items, and 111 photographs were donated in 2018.

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Montana Stanley is the collections and exhibits manager of the Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre.

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