Museum moving forward with feasiblity study

March 7, 2017


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 The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre has received funding of $15,000 through the Government of Canada’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) to support a feasibility study examining ways in which the BCM&CC can better serve the community.

The CCSF supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation. By supporting improvements to Canada’s cultural spaces, the CCSF increases access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections and heritage displays.

In 2014, the BCM&CC undertook a new strategic plan (2015-2020); part of the implementation of the strategic plan was an Accommodation Plan Review which took place in spring of 2016. This Plan reviewed the BCM&CC’s current footprint, assessed present and future needs, and made suggestions about optimizing and identifying BCM&CC’s future growth potential.

The Accommodation Plan suggested several options, and identified a need for a feasibility study to test options further.

The BCM&CC has been in existence since 1955, and has seen two major expansions since its opening. Even though these expansions anticipated archival growth, in 2016 the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is now nearing capacity with no significant storage space remaining.

This creates pressure on all aspects of operation, and our Archivist has noted an expected 20% growth in public donations and known transfers from Bruce County alone. In order to ensure continued growth of heritage collection and program offerings, a feasibility study is required in order to examine options for future growth.

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The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, said “Investing in the Canadian cultural sector helps create jobs for the middle class, strengthens the economy and ensures that Canada’s unique perspective is shared with the world.”

“The Feasibility Study was the next logical step pending the recommendations from the Accommodation Plan. As always, we are pleased with the support of our community stakeholders in this process and now have a potential roadmap to address our concerns,” noted Cathy McGirr, Director, Museum & Cultural Services.

The Feasibility Study was presented by Museum Planning Partners at Bruce County Council on March 2nd.

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