BCHF News Province launches artifact database

Province launches artifact database

An image from the new online database: Kaleidoscope, c. 1873-1880, owned by the O’Reilly family at Point Ellice House.

Over 70,000 artifacts and heritage structures in British Columbia are now searchable online. The Heritage Branch has combined the collections of the Provincial Heritage Properties in one searchable web app.

The web app includes photographs, object descriptions, the history of how the artifact was used and the artifact’s owner or creator, among other information.

Researchers have the advantage of combing through multiple collections at once while a browse option makes the app more engaging for anyone interested in BC’s history to scroll through the artifacts.

The list of collections includes Emily Carr House, Craigflower Manor, Craigflower Schoolhouse, The Grist Mill at Keremeos, Cottonwood House, Kilby General Store Museum, Historic Yale, Point Ellice House, Historic Hat Creek and Fort Steele. In early 2020, Provincial Heritage Properties such as Barkerville will be integrated into the app.

Check out the Provincial Heritage Artifacts Database web app: https://apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca/pub/heritageartifactcollection/