Wing Sang 2012 Volunteer Orientation
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Wing Sang 2012 Volunteer Orientation



This power point presentation is designed to give Royal BC Museum volunteers who are part of our Wing Sang Sattelite location in Vancouver BC an online orientation for our organization. Welcome to our ...

This power point presentation is designed to give Royal BC Museum volunteers who are part of our Wing Sang Sattelite location in Vancouver BC an online orientation for our organization. Welcome to our volunteer program. Holli Hodgson
Volunteer Services Manager



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  • This Orientation is an overview for Wing Sang Volunteers
  • The museum was proposed to the provincial government by a group of prominent citizens (including Judge Begbie, Mayor Rithet, and Fraser Tolmie ) in January 1886. They were concerned that collectors, commissioned by museums in the United States and Europe were rapidly exporting artifacts representing the cultural heritage of the native people of this province. By October 1886 the museum was opened. It was housed in a 15 x 20 foot room in the old Legislative Buildings known as `the bird cages’.
  • The first curator was a man by the name of John Fannin. He was a shoe maker, surveyor, hunting guide, amateur taxidermist and collector. John Fannin was the only employee of the museum in the early days and relied on a network of naturalists and ethnologists to steer collections his way. They were all volunteers. Fannin was an early promoter of displaying artifacts in their natural setting. In 1898 the Legislative buildings as we know them today, were completed and the Museum moved into its east wing. Fannin continued to be the curator until 1904. The Museum grew over the years and eventually ran out of room. In a Daily Colonist article in 1959 it was reported that “the Provincial Museum is bursting at its seams and thousands of specimens that could be displayed for the benefit of all British Columbia are hidden away in dusty attics and unused rooms of the legislative buildings”. In 1968 the Museum was moved to its present building. If you would like to know more about the history of the museum, please be sure to read White Bears and other Curiosities or the Ring of Time (library/shop).
  • The museum continues to evolve In the spring of 2003 legislation was introduced to move the museum into Crown Corporation status. The amalgamation of the Archives, Helmcken House and the Carillon will encourage the development of co-operative strategies to foster the stewardship of B.C.’s heritage . As a Crown Corporation, the museum has a board of directors (please refer to our website) with the power to raise funds and reinvest in the continuing developments of the institution. Although the museum is now distanced from the government, it continues to have strong ties that will protect its collection through time.
  • The BC Archives is the archives of the government of British Columbia; it provides research access to records of enduring value to the province for the provincial government and public clientele . The archival holdings include: government documents and records; private historical manuscripts and papers; maps, charts and architectural plans; photographs; paintings, drawings and prints; audio and video tapes; film; newspapers; and an extensive library of publications with a strong emphasis on the social and political history of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken set up house here in 1852. He married the daughter of Governor Sir James Douglas. Helmcken House was originally a three room log house. The house was built by Helmcken and expanded as both the prosperity and size of the family grew. John Helmcken was a surgeon with the Hudson's Bay Company. He went on to become a statesman and helped negotiate the entry of British Columbia into Canada, as a province. Throughout 2009 and 2010, a fundraising campaign raised $350, 000 to provide state of the art fire suppression equipment and other structural upgrades to Helmcken House and St. Anne's Schoolhouse. In Spring 2011 these upgrades were completed and a special new statue or Dr. Helmcken was unveiled.
  • To commemorate the re-opening of Helmcken House. This statue was created and donated by local sculptor Armando Barbon. It depicts Dr. Helmcken on his way out to do a house call.
  • St Ann’s Schoolhouse was built in 1844. It was purchased by Roman Catholic Bishop Demers in 1853. Originally it was used as a residence and a schoolhouse. In 1858, when four Sisters of St. Ann returned with Bishop Demers from Quebec. It was in this building that they lived and held their first school classes. The Sisters gave the school to the Museum in 1974 when it was moved to its present location.
  • Queen Juliana of the Netherlands laid the cornerstone for the carillon to celebrate Canada’s centennial in 1967. The bells were cast in The Netherlands. The Netherlands Centennial Carillon became the largest in Canada in 1971. With the addition of 13 bells, bringing the total to 62. The tower stands 27 metres (88 feet) tall. There are 75 steps on the staircase which turns through six complete circles, a ten step ladder to reach the playing room, plus an additional ladder to the belfry. The Peace Tower at the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa is perhaps known as the most famous carillon in the country. The Netherlands Centennial Carillon in Victoria is larger than the Peace Tower by nine bells.
  • Wawadit’la (Waladeetla) was completed in 1953. Presently it is used for traditional First Nations’ ceremonies, such as: potlatches, education programs, dancing, drumming, storytelling, art, food preparation, and theatrical presentations by Aboriginal performers These presentations illustrate traditional culture and celebrations honouring Aboriginal elders and/or students.
  • Our mission statement summarizes the importance of museums as educational institutions. Museums are considered the collective memory of a culture or community.
  • The Royal BC Museum has announced a new vision to be realized over the next 15 years. The vision includes: new BC galleries and the ‘greening’ of our buildings. improved preservation technologies. increased display of provincial treasures . community-based and online outreach programs across BC. a renewal of our permanent galleries and exhibition spaces to transform the visitor experience and the way people are immersed in BC’s story. We want to inspire individuals of all ages and interests. We want visitors to get excited about what we have and what we do at the museum… We want to be able to present historical materials in an interesting and captivating way.
  • We are able to achieve these goals due to the enormous amount of help that we receive each year from volunteers in every department.
  • There are three areas of collection: Natural History Human History Archives Archives come under Curatorial Services.
  • To date the Museum has collected more than 10 million objects (the majority from British Columbia). Collections are used by researchers and for public interpretation , to gain a better understanding of the cultural and natural history of our province. 20 000 objects are on-loan to museums and researchers in BC and around the world at any one time. Why do have such a big collection ? Some items were given to us. In most cases, however, a number of samples of the same species were required to have an understanding of its unique characteristics. Over time, samples are collected to monitor change based on time and location.      
  • The role of the museum as an educational institution is clear in the museum’s mission statement; as a result, information gained through research and in the museum’s collection is easy to access. The RBCM is probably best known for its exhibits. Since this building opened in 1968: Over 30 million visitors have been to the museum. In recent years, there have been approximately 450 000 visitors per year. The majority of visitors are American but there are also visitors from all over the world. Approximately 5 500 children attend our school programs each year, and another 45 000 attend with their school classes.
  • The museum’s website provides: General information about the museum - hours, address, contact information, gift shop.. etc. Information for visitors – ticket costs, membership, group bookings, accessibility, rentals, parking.. etc. Printable PDF guides in five different languages – including information for teachers interested in self-conducted tours Descriptions of permanent and current (temporary) exhibits and galleries Links to the museum’s ‘online interactive database,’ RBCM publications, and the BC Archives – which provides a searchable database of photos and textual records. There are also a number of online exhibits, including Thunderbird Park.
  • The museum also has a publishing department that distributes information gained through research. Two examples of books include: Feeding the Family 100 Years of Food and Drink in Victoria by Nancy Oke and Robert Griffin (Nancy Oke is now a 20 year volunteer and Robert Griffin is a long time employee) Return to Northern British Columbia A Photojournal of Frank Swannell, 1929–39 by Jay Sherwood
  • Natural History Gallery – presents a journey across time through dramatically changing environments – from lush tropical forests and ice-bound tundra to a present-day West Coat rainforest and spectacular rocky ocean shore.
  • Modern History Gallery – includes vivid displays that will seize the senses and take visitors back 200 years to early European exploration and fur trade with coastal First Nations – a replica of Captain George Vancouver's ship – the HMS Discovery, a Cornish waterwheel, and an early 20 th century street display.
  • Modern History Gallery – includes vivid displays that will seize the senses and take visitors back 200 years to early European exploration and fur trade with coastal First Nations – a replica of Captain George Vancouver's ship – the HMS Discovery, a Cornish waterwheel, and an early 20 th century street display.
  • First Peoples Gallery – provides glimpses into First Nations cultures before and after the arrival of Europeans – ceremonial artifacts, and a gallery of work by Haida artist Bill Reid.
  • First Peoples Gallery – provides glimpses into First Nations cultures before and after the arrival of Europeans – ceremonial artifacts, and a gallery of work by Haida artist Bill Reid.
  • The Big Map – demonstrates the expansiveness of British Columbia using satellite imagery; this 21 feet high and 16 feet wide display will amaze you!
  • Wing Sang –Curious   Located – 151 East Pender, Vancouver BC Royal BC Museum at Wing Sang from the museum in Victoria. The exhibition “Curious” is made up of 4 parts:   Intimate Glimpses , Artifact|Artifiction , Magic Lantern and Bottled Beauty . Each is built around unique items and stories from the 125-year-old provincial museum and archives, based in Victoria.
  • Intimate Glimpses- One of Canada’s most beloved artists, Emily Carr (1871-1945) was famous for her depictions of First Nations villages and monumental art, the forests and landscapes of British Columbia. This exhibition draws on the extensive collections of the Royal BC Museum and BC Archives to explore Carr’s youth and the early period before she became recognized. It includes more than 30 of Carr’s paintings, early sketches, and illustrated ‘funny books’. A timeline places Carr’s art alongside national and international events with many photographs of the young artist and her family as well as displays of clothing, objects and artifacts from the same period. Letters, diaries and sketches reveal intimate glimpses of her private life, friendships and activities as a young woman. New research and findings are presented and some of the material in this exhibition will have never before been on public view.
  • Bottled Beauty- One hundred creatures, pickled in jars then artfully uplit in a darkened room. A Western Fox Snake, Bell-headed Tailed Jelly and Great Basin Pocket Mouse are just three specimens from the Royal BC Museum’s “wet collection,” preserved in alcohol, some of them dating back to the 1800s.
  • Magic Lantern- In a time before colour photography, black images on glass were hand-tinted and projected by a “magic lantern.” The 1850s to 1930s was the era of lantern slides and most were made to instruct or entertain audiences. A row of enlarged backlit slide images of people and places in BC, selected from thousands in the Royal BC Museum collection, fill a hallway gallery near an original lantern slide projector.
  • Artifact Artifiction – Just for fun, visitors are invited to pick up a game card and play a mini-version of the Royal BC Museum’s annual gala game. Each of 14 items on display in this room will come with a curator’s statement – but is it Artifact? or Artifiction? All items are from the museum’s collection, but the tale told about each may be true or false. Visitors can practice as warm-up for the entertaining fundraising evening held each October at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.  
  • This is your museum and your archives.  What we do here isn't just for this generation, it's for our children and grandchildren - and great-grandchildren. To fulfill the museum’s vision, a comprehensive redevelopment is necessary. Funding is an important consideration for the museum. Although the government provides base-funding, this amount is only sufficient to maintain daily operations and pay staff; it does not assist in building new exhibits, organizing new programs, acquiring collections or allowing unbounded research. The role of the museum’s Development Office is to collaborate with organizations, sponsors and donors to raise funds; this work includes: Corporate sponsorship; Government, Foundation and Community grants; Engaging with individual donors; Planned giving; Stewardship and recognition; and fundraising events
  • On May 26, 2011, after overwhelming support from staff, volunteers and businesses in the community, Victoria City Council approved the Royal BC Museum application for rezoning.  The next phase, anticipated to take two years to complete, requires the development of a functional program plan for the museum and archives. The museum’s rezoning project will allow the protection of existing parklands, and the creation of a new infrastructure to preserve and showcase the museum’s priceless collections for years into the future. 
  • Jack Lohman Chief Executive Officer (250) 953-4015 "We have built a solid foundation, and now have great potential for developing the Royal BC Museum as a unique cultural asset across the world. Its extraordinary location, collections and expertise provide an opportunity to push out onto a national and international arena and share the important stories it tells." Jack Lohman brings extensive experience working with renowned, international cultural institutions and a wide body of knowledge on museum and archives studies. Prior to joining the Royal BC Museum in 2012, Jack was the Director of the Museum of London, a post he held since 2002. There he led the £20million ($32 million Cdn) redevelopment of the Museum’s Galleries of Modern London which opened in May 2010. From 1999-2002, Jack was the CEO of Iziko Museums of Cape Town, an organization consisting of 15 national museums including the South African Museum, the South African Maritime Museum and the South African National Gallery. Jack Lohman was educated at the University of East Anglia where he studied History of Art. He was awarded a scholarship to read Architecture at the Freien Universitat in Berlin and later obtained an MA at the University of Manchester. He went on to win a British Council Fellowship Award to study Architecture and Conservation in Warsaw, Poland. He has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Westminster and London (PUNO). Jack is Chairman of the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland and an advisor to the State of Qatar on the Mshereib Heritage Quarter. He is Professor in Museum Design and Communication at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts in Norway and Editor in Chief of UNESCO’s publication series Museums and Diversity. He is former Chairman of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) UK 2002-2008, and a former board member of the UK National Commission for UNESCO Culture Committee 2002-2010.
  • From the time of John Fannin, volunteers have played an important part in the Museum. In the early days, Fannin relied on amateurs to collect information and specimens for the Museum. Today the Museum has over 450 volunteers who contribute over 40,000 hours per year. Volunteers make up 65% of the workforce of museums in Canada. The role of the volunteer is to supplement and enhance the staff’s work. Volunteers can not do the work of a staff person. We are fortunate to have a partnership of staff and volunteers that is based on respect and appreciation of each others role. Volunteers come to the Museum from all socioeconomic backgrounds and walks of life. Many volunteers are retired however, we also have a significant number of university students and people who could not find jobs in the area in which they have had training. All of our volunteers are an interesting group of people who have wonderfully active minds and have had a variety of life experiences. Whether in the tower working by themselves or in the shop crowded with tourists, most have come to the Museum because they want to learn. The Museum feels it is important that their volunteers receive the training that they need so that they feel comfortable doing their job. Training is ongoing and never-ending. Information about the collections and the province is constantly changing. Volunteers must keep up-to-date with current information. The museum provides many opportunities to learn, but it is the responsibility of the volunteer to take advantage of them. You can expect a level of guidance and support that will help you develop and hone your new skills in a positive learning environment.
  • In the back of your volunteer orientation manual you will find a section on safety. Familiarize yourself with exit routes from different areas of the Museum. The security staff around the building have many functions. They assist visitors and staff find their way around the building, make sure people are where they are supposed to be and they can summon first aid on their radios. In the event of an emergency situation the security staff are in charge. We ask that you sign in and out of the building. This is for insurance purposes. We also ask that you wear your name tag. Your tag will although you access to the public areas of the building. Please wear clothing that is appropriate to the status of the institution. Sports clothing, jeans, revealing clothing are not appropriate Please do not wear scents. We find that about 15% of people lose work time due to perfume related issues.
  • In our Victoria location, volunteers can sign out books from our volunteer library lounge
  • Incase some one asks: Most specimens in the herpetology (amphibians and reptiles) collection are preserved in alcohol and stored in jars. This Alien Among Us, the American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana), was brought to BC by aspiring frog farmers.

Wing Sang 2012 Volunteer Orientation Wing Sang 2012 Volunteer Orientation Presentation Transcript

  • Welcome to the Royal BC MuseumVolunteer Orientation
  • The Birdcages – circa 1886
  • John Fannin• Museum’s first curator from 1886 – 1904• Teacher, overlander, shoemaker, surveyor
  • The Crown Corporation Since 2003the Royal BC Museum Corporation includes: • Royal BC Museum • St. Ann’s • BC Archives Schoolhouse • Mungo Martin’s Big • Helmcken House House- Wa’wadit’la • Netherlands Carillon • Thunderbird Park
  • B.C. Archives1898 Historical records were first collected by the Legislative Library.1908 The Provincial Archives was founded.
  • Helmcken HouseOne of the oldest houses in BritishColumbia still on its original site
  • Dr. Helmcken Statue
  • St Anns Schoolhouse The oldest building still standing in Victoria.
  • The Netherlands Carillon The Carillon was a gift of the Dutch Community of British Columbia to the province on the occasion of Canadas Centennial in 1967.
  • Mungo Martin House - Wawadit’la, in Thunderbird Park • Constructed in 1952 under the supervision of Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Mungo Martin. • A copy of a big house built at Fort Rupert in the mid-1800s.
  • Our Mission To explore and preserve British Columbia’s human and natural history, to inspire curiosity and wonder, and to share our story with the world.
  • Our VisionA transformed Royal BC Museum will become BritishColumbia’s leading cultural centre. Our vision calls for majorinitiatives on-site, off-site, and online. We will become alandmark physical site and virtual environment for debate,reflection and knowledge. We will bridge cultures, engagegenerations, and positively impact the lives of all people whoshare a connection to BC.
  • Our Goals• Support collections that are representative of the human history and natural history of BC.• Be an organization that offers an exceptional standard of visitor welcome, hospitality and service.• Be a sustainable, high-performing organization.
  • Areas of Collections• Natural History• Human History• Archives
  • Collections • Over 10 million objects• 20,000 objects are on loan• Primarily objects from BC
  • Public Programming The Royal BC Museum has seen over 30 million visitorsAnnually:•Approximately 450,000 visitors•5,500 children attend docent led schoolprograms•45,000 school children come with their class fora self –guided visit.
  • Online
  • Publications
  • Permanent Galleries
  • Permanent Galleries
  • Permanent Galleries
  • Permanent Galleries
  • Permanent Galleries
  • Permanent Galleries
  • Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration June 1 to September 3, 2012
  • Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration June 1 to September 3, 2012
  • Wing Sang - Curious
  • Intimate Glimpses
  • Bottled Beauty
  • Magic Lantern
  • Artifact or Artifiction
  • Planning For The Future
  • Rezoning ProjectPrior to May 26, 2011, the Royal BC On May 26, 2011 the proposed MuseumMuseum was zoned R-2, Two Family zone boundary was approved throughDwelling. a formal zoning application process.
  • Jack Lohman CEO
  • Museum Partners• Royal BC Museum Foundation• Friends of the BC Archives• National Geographic IMAX Theatre• Willie’s Bakery
  • A Longstanding Partnership• 130+ staff• 550 volunteers• Rights & Responsibilities
  • Volunteer BenefitsWing Sang Volunteers receive admission benefits toboth locations and will be provided with a copy ofRing Of Time or White Bears and Other Curiosities.Two signature museum publications which give thebackground of our organization.Thanks for being part of our team!
  • Standards of Good Conduct• Be positive about • Avoid any conflict of the museum interest situations• Keep roles as • Treat all other persons private citizens at the museum with separate from roles respect and dignity at museum• Give equal treatment to relatives, friends and visitors
  • Safety and Security• Security staff are here to assist visitors, staff, volunteers and contractors, particularly in an emergency!• Please…always wear your identification and nametag.• What should I wear?• Who do I report to?• Scents and sensibility!• Can I take a leave?
  • From The Library
  • The Ultimate Movie Experience Located inside the Royal BC Museum
  • What is the IMAX Experience? • 400 seat theatre features the 2-D IMAX Experience • Projected on to a giant screen more than 6 stories high and 80 feet wide • 10 times larger than conventional screens • Fills your entire field of vision giving you the most powerful and involving film experience • Brings images to life with 12,000 watts of IMAX Digital surround sound • IMAX Projectors are the size of Smart car and can emit up to 30,000 watts of light which could be seen with the naked eye from space
  • Volunteer Perks• Free IMAX Films – Show your Volunteer ID to our usher on the ramp and receive free admission to our IMAX films.*** Please note that entrance is based on availability and if the show is very busy you may be asked to return another time***Please note this perk is extended for Royal BC Museum volunteers and staff only. Your guests need to obtain a ticket at the box office• Discounted tea/coffee at our Sound Bites Concession