Museum examines acquisitions policy

The curator and board of directors at the Summerland Museum are looking at their acquisitions policy.

With many artifacts and limited space to display them all, the curator and board of directors at the Summerland Museum are looking at their acquisitions policy.

“We would need warehouses and lots of money if we were to display all of Summerland’s history,” said Sandy Nicolson, chair of the museum board.

Some of the items are on display at the museum, but other artifacts are in storage, because there is not enough room to display them all.

In addition to storage within the museum building, some items are kept in the basement of the Summerland RCMP detachment and others are kept in a storage container offsite.

Space has been an ongoing problem at the museum and concerns have been raised about donations which have little or no connections with Summerland’s history.

Other items are badly damaged and the cost of repair or restoration, in some instances, would run into the thousands of dollars. Amy McCroy, curator of the museum, said when items are donated to the museum, the museum has an obligation to its donors. “If we take an item, we have to have the funds to take care of it,” she said. Museums will sometimes ask donors to leave a small contingency fund with their donation, to ensure its care is sustained over time. In addition, photographs in the museum’s collection will remain at the museum.

While revisiting the acquisitions policy represents a significant change for the museum. McCroy and Nicolson said the museum’s purpose remains that of chronicling Summerland’s history, even though the specific details are changing.

“It’s a shift in paradigms,” McCroy said of policy changes at the museum. “What kind of a museum are we?” Nicolson added that the museum has received and continues to receive strong support from the community.

Just Posted

Okanagan teenagers found after missing for four days

The pair, believed to be dating, had been missing since Nov. 15.

Police watchdog investigating death of man following attempted arrest

Man is said to have died of head injuries on Nov. 14

Soup Bowls Project raises over $20,000 for Penticton Art Gallery

Attendees had over 200 bowls and plenty of delicious soups

EDITORIAL: When confrontation replaces dialogue

A number of recent comments making news headlines in Canada have shown… Continue reading

Kelowna team wins Summerland junior curling tournament

Okanagan teams will be competing to qualify for B.C. Winter Games and B.C. U18 Championships

Investigation ongoing after shots fired in North Okanagan

RCMP have no updates from Nov. 1 incident

Kamloops woman sues Armstrong IPE for Slingshot mishap

Woman claims ride gone wrong caused injury, loss of wages and other damages

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Alleged drunk driver survives crash into Kettle River

The crash happened Saturday near Grand Forks

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

Duncan man gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty trial

Joe also gets lifetime ban on owning animals

B.C. pushes for greater industry ‘transparency’ in gasoline pricing

Legislation responds to fuel price gap of up to 13 cents

Most Read