Museum

People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Province cancels controversial $789M Royal BC Museum rebuild

Premier says public engagement will now determine the future of the ‘seismically unsafe’ building

People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Maple Ridge Museum curator Melissa Rollit strung together a handmade historic Finnish loom used for making rugs. It’s from the heritage society archives, but has never been on display before, because of space. It will be demonstrated during Saturday’s special Finnish celebration. (Roxanne Hooper/The News)

VIDEO: Museum celebrates Maple Ridge’s Finnish roots Saturday

A one-day celebration and temporary display help mark contributions made by immigrants from Finland

Maple Ridge Museum curator Melissa Rollit strung together a handmade historic Finnish loom used for making rugs. It’s from the heritage society archives, but has never been on display before, because of space. It will be demonstrated during Saturday’s special Finnish celebration. (Roxanne Hooper/The News)
Bertha Solderholm worked at her floor loom in the basement of her Webster’s Corners home in 1971. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives No. #P01801/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Treasured Finnish loom soon to be on display

A mid-summer event June 11 will feature this and other keepsakes representative of the culture

  • Jun 4, 2022
Bertha Solderholm worked at her floor loom in the basement of her Webster’s Corners home in 1971. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives No. #P01801/Special to The News)
An example of a black-figure panel amphora from the last quarter 6th century B.C. seen in the Dallas Museum of Art. (Wikimedia Commons)

Police say man smashes ancient museum artifacts worth millions in Dallas

A 6th century B.C. Greek amphora and a Greek pot dating to 450 B.C. were among the items destroyed

An example of a black-figure panel amphora from the last quarter 6th century B.C. seen in the Dallas Museum of Art. (Wikimedia Commons)
Pitt Meadows Museum has uncovered a century-old letter from a mourning sister to council of the day (circa 1917). Pte. Roland Thomson, previous councillor, was killed during the First World War. (Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Archives reveal more about lost war hero

Private Roland Thomson served, first at home in Pitt Meadows, then overseas in the First World War

  • May 15, 2022
Pitt Meadows Museum has uncovered a century-old letter from a mourning sister to council of the day (circa 1917). Pte. Roland Thomson, previous councillor, was killed during the First World War. (Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal B.C. Museum gets $789-million overhaul

Museum to close in September for rebuild, expected opening in 2030

The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)
Since there doesn’t seem to be any progress being made on expansion of the Maple Ridge Museum & Archives, a team of historic enthusiasts are taking the museum out to the community. First stop for the new Museum on the Move will be at the Ridge Meadows Home Show, being held in Albion from April 29 to May 1. (Special to The News)

Museum on the Move debuts at home show

Maple Ridge history will be out and about this summer in the community

  • Apr 24, 2022
Since there doesn’t seem to be any progress being made on expansion of the Maple Ridge Museum & Archives, a team of historic enthusiasts are taking the museum out to the community. First stop for the new Museum on the Move will be at the Ridge Meadows Home Show, being held in Albion from April 29 to May 1. (Special to The News)
The Haney House Museum. (Contributed)
The Haney House Museum. (Contributed)
This oak tree that stands on the front lawn of the Pitt Meadows heritage hall, was nothing more than a sapling when it was planted almost 85 years ago. (Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: An 85-year-old tree with deeply rooted history

Historic municipal documents tells of how a royal oak tree came to stand in front of heritage hall

  • Apr 3, 2022
This oak tree that stands on the front lawn of the Pitt Meadows heritage hall, was nothing more than a sapling when it was planted almost 85 years ago. (Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
Music on the Wharf concert series. (The News files)

Maple Ridge Museum issues call out for musicians

Deadline for artists to apply for this summer’s Music on the Wharf concert series is Feb. 15

Music on the Wharf concert series. (The News files)
(Maple Ridge Museum and Archives/Special to The News)

Museum offers Maple Ridge history in chinese

Online pages will be translated into more languages

(Maple Ridge Museum and Archives/Special to The News)
The Pitt Meadows Museum has revised COVID-19 protocols for 2022. (The NEWS/files)

Vaccine passports now necessary to enter Pitt Meadows Museum

New COVID protocols in place at museum for protection against Omicron variant

The Pitt Meadows Museum has revised COVID-19 protocols for 2022. (The NEWS/files)
Britanny Vis, executive director of the Maritime Museum of BC, is seeking input from queer, trans and two-spirit individuals willing to share their marine stories for use in the upcoming Queer at Sea exhibit. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria museum puts call out for maritime stories from B.C.’s LGBTQ2S+ community

Queer at Sea exhibit launches at the Maritime Museum in May

Britanny Vis, executive director of the Maritime Museum of BC, is seeking input from queer, trans and two-spirit individuals willing to share their marine stories for use in the upcoming Queer at Sea exhibit. (Black Press Media file photo)
Hands Up! opens on Sept. 10, the 117th anniversary of Miner’s Maple Ridge robbery. (Maple Ridge Museum/Special to The News)
Hands Up! opens on Sept. 10, the 117th anniversary of Miner’s Maple Ridge robbery. (Maple Ridge Museum/Special to The News)
Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

VIDEO: B.C. man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Museum in the Park starts July 10. (The News files)

Outdoor museum a first for Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge Museum welcoming people in Jim Hadgkiss Park this summer

Museum in the Park starts July 10. (The News files)
Maple Ridge Cemetery. (The News/files)
Maple Ridge Cemetery. (The News/files)
This building which was originally built as a Buddhist Temple in the 1930s. (Special to The News)

Japanese community was strong in early Maple Ridge

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada

This building which was originally built as a Buddhist Temple in the 1930s. (Special to The News)
A photo of Telosky Stadium from the Maple Ridge Museum and Archives. (Special to The News)

Telosky Stadium opened in Haney on this day in 1950

Maple Ridge Museum and Archives marks special day in local sporting history

A photo of Telosky Stadium from the Maple Ridge Museum and Archives. (Special to The News)
The Pitt Meadows Museum Society had to cancel this years Heritage Reunion Tea because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (The News files)
The Pitt Meadows Museum Society had to cancel this years Heritage Reunion Tea because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (The News files)