A glimpse into the compact shelving of our new museum collection facility. Photo: Karen Dearlove
Our Curator Karen Dearlove recently completed a multi-year collection management project at the NVMA. Since the 1980s, the majority of the NVMA’s museum collection of over 20,000 objects had been stored in a large warehouse in North Vancouver. However, the warehouse had inadequate climate controls and was not suitable for artifact storage.
Through reducing redundant or irrelevant objects, the museum collection presently stands at just over 9,000 artifacts. The NVMA’s museum collection now better represents the diverse stories and people of North Vancouver.
Artifacts in the Museum’s collection are reflective of the people, places, events, organizations and communities of the North Shore. Photo: Karen Dearlove
Over a period of months, our curatorial staff photographed the retained artifacts and carefully moved them out of the old warehouse to a renovated space equipped with compact shelving.
This new collection storage space, and additional curatorial resources in the new museum enhances the NVMA commitment to the long-term preservation of North Vancouver’s history.
We respectfully acknowledge that MONOVA: Museum and Archives of North Vancouver is located on the traditional lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, whose ancestors have lived here for countless generations. We are grateful for the opportunity to live, work and learn with them on unceded Coast Salish Territory.