Annual Conference

Annual Conference

60 Second Decades

During our 2022 conference, each session began with a minute-long video consisting of historic moments and pictures from the BCHF's first century....

Accessing Residential School Records

Content warning: This video relates to Indian Residential Schools. A reminder that the Indian Residential School Survivors Society has a 24 hour...

The Second World War in BC History and Public Memory

Scott Sheffield's investigations of the academic literature on the Second World War in BC revealed a surprising dearth of literature explicitly exploring...

BC History: Objects, Collections and Change

Objects have a life within a museum’s collection. That life may be short or long. New objects enter collections and others leave...

History as a Tool for Reconciliation

Today Indigenous people are struggling to negotiate treaties with the BC and Canadian governments and in other ways to re-assume meaningful say...

Victoria in 1922: A Re-creation

Victoria became John Adams’ adopted city in 1960. As a new kid who was interested in history, he tried to make up...

A Photo Taken, A Memory Preserved: The Material Act of Remembering

Nowhere is remembrance more evident than in Victorian funerary rituals, where a range of memento mori and markers of death served to...

A Tale of Two Families: BC’s Intercultural Family Teachings

Due to historical exclusion and colonial record-keeping practices, not many non-Indigenous families from minority groups can trace their family histories back to...

Access to Memory: Reflections on Government Support for Public History

As the director of a non-profit museum, president of the Friends of the BC Archives, and an adjunct professor of BC history,...

A New Perspective on the Uprooting and Dispossession of Japanese Canadians

The mistreatment of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s has traditionally been understood in terms of a temporary, wartime internment. Drawing upon the...