If you have visited MONOVA’s new feature exhibition You Are Here @ The Shipyards, you will have seen The Shipyards: Then and Now digital StoryMap interactive, developed in partnership with the North Shore Culture Compass (a project by North Van Arts).
As part of the feature exhibit on the history of the Shipyards area, this StoryMap allows visitors to explore 24 different historical locations from the Shipyards on a pin map, swiping through archival and present-day photographs to compare how the Shipyards looked 100 years ago to the thriving waterfront community it is today.
This resource is a valuable complement to the exhibit, with the location points and stories giving a greater sense of place and telling the story of the Shipyards area.
It is a celebration of the walking museum we have around us, from the iconic yellow Burrard Dry Dock in Shipbuilder’s Square to the historic frame of the Syndicate Block in Lower Lonsdale.
A Creative Partnership
Developing this resource involved a great deal of planning and collaboration between MONOVA and the North Shore Culture Compass.
MONOVA’s curatorial and archives team identified historic location points from the Shipyards, selected archival photos from our collection and identified specific geographic coordinates of the photo locations. The MONOVA team also coordinated with North Vancouver-based photographer Gwen Farley to capture modern-day photos of the historic locations.
The North Shore Culture Compass team supported by providing their online culture map as the base to tell these stories. The team uploaded the geographic data, digitized the connected images and stories, and developed the interactive StoryMap design including zone map extents, data points, colours, and text.
Explore the Shipyards
Looking to get out and around the Shipyards? Open the Shipyards: Then and Now link on your desktop or mobile device and create your own self-guided tour around the waterfront and Lower Lonsdale.
An ongoing project to compile a hub of cultural assets within the North Shore Region, including the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, this tool is intended for residents, tourists, planners, and the cultural sector, to help build audiences, drive tourism, fill gaps, and encourage partnerships to better highlight our rich cultural diversity.
A project by North Van Arts, check out their website and navigate to the region’s arts, heritage, and stories today.
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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.