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    Protecting our Coast: The Shifting Role of BC Lighthouses Opens at the Maritime Museum of BC Lighthouses and their keepers’ original role has been to protect vessels travelling along the coast from crashing into dangerous shoreline. As technology and society continues to change, so too has the role of the lighthouse. Over the years, lighthouses have been put to different roles, depending on the needs of society. In the late 1800’s they served to support colonial development on the coast; in WWII they helped establish a defence system; and now, a new trend has started to rise. As we’ve become increasingly concerned with the state of the natural environment, lighthouses in B.C. are shifting into becoming ecological reserves or are gaining an environmentally-related protected status, with their keepers becoming the guardians of their stations’ landscapes and the surrounding wildlife. This exhibit explores this cultural shift through a timeline approach, questioning what is has meant, and what it now means to protect our coast. “Lighthouses on our coast have such fascinating stories,” said Brittany Vis, Associate Director. “When we started research for this exhibit, it became clear that lighthouses have served additional roles in society than simply as navigational aids. We hope visitors will walk away from this exhibit with a better understanding of the evolving role of lighthouses and how they are being used today.” Exhibit Dates: October 31 – May 14, 2020 634 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC 10am-4pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays
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    Museum To Host Maritime Art Show at Government House Photograph courtesy of Andrew Tawker [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)] The Maritime Museum of BC is pleased to announce the opening of a new temporary art show at Government House. The new art show will feature a cross-section of maritime artwork from the Museum’s extensive art collection of over 500 works. David Leverton, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum stated that: ”We’re honoured that The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia is hosting the art show at Government House. The Lieutenant Governor is the Honorary Patron of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia which makes this very special for the museum and our members.” The art show highlights paintings of life along our coast over the past several hundred years. There are paintings by artist E.M Chadwick that depict early European discovery; artwork about the days of whaling featuring artist Harry Heine; rescues off our west coast such as the freighter Makedonia under-tow byHMCS Sudbury and the rescue of the S.S. Glafkos in Barkley Sound by Edward Goodall; paintings depicting the important role ferries play along our coast by Ivah Bryant and A. Frank; artwork representing the protection of our coastline by the Royal Canadian Navy such as the painting HMCS Provider completed by artist John M. Mulders; and Coast Guard protection of our coastline in a featured work entitled CCGS Ready by artist Hugh Mackenzie. The art show also includes special paintings of the three prized ships in the Maritime Museum’s artefact collection including the SV Tilikum depicted in a series of watercolours by artist R.W. Murphy; the SV Trekka under twin sails in a watercolour painting by Alan Lester; and the SV Dorothy in a watercolour painting by artist Harry Heine. This art show highlights life along our coast over the past few hundred years. In the future, the Maritime Museum would be honoured to collaborate with West Coast First Nations on a maritime art show that highlights the important relationship between First Nations’ and the coastal environment. The Executive Director stated that, “First Nations have inhabited our coastline for thousands of years and it would be a privilege to work in partnership on the development of a First Nations’ art show that spans the last several thousand years. The art show will open on November 8th with a private reception and will be available for public viewing during regular opening hours at Government House until the fall of 2020.
  3. Tea & Talks: Indigenous Waterways of Haida Gwaii Thursday August 1, 2019; 2:30pm On August 1, join Tiffany Storrey at the Maritime Museum of BC as she explores the Indigenous Waterways of Haida Gwaii: The waters around Haida Gwaii have been used by Haida people since as long as we know. The water and land have become intertwined with our culture and our traditional ways of life. This talk is a short exploration into my own culture and connection with the waters of Haida Gwaii. Come on down to the Maritime Museum every other Thursday for Tea & Talks! Museum volunteers, archival staff, and educators present unique artefacts from our collection, surrounded by discussions of maritime history and other seaworthy topics – all over a cup of tea and refreshments! This program FREE with museum admission or membership! Location: The Maritime Museum of BC 634 Humboldt Street Victoria, BC V8W 1A6 Website
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