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Friends of BC Archives applauds naming announcement

5 Apr 2024 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Friends of the BC Archives say they welcome the naming of the Royal BC Museum's Provincial Archives, Research and Collections Campus (PARC), scheduled to open in 2026.

"The decision by the Royal BC Museum and BC Archives to emphasize the Provincial Archives in the name underscores the importance of the archival collections housed in this new, state-of-the-art facility," they said in a prepared statement.

"Archives are essential sources of information and evidence that help societies understand the past and inform the future. Access to archival materials is essential for researchers, educators, writers, communities, and the winder public."

President Lara Wilson said they are happy to see the naming announcement and look forward to sharing information with their members and the public as the development of the facility proceeds.

"The Friends of BC Archives encourages the public's involvement in the government's engagement sessions about the new facility and associated services, and we encourage everyone to share their thoughts with BC Archives," she said.

Since the announcement of the new storage and research facility in 2020, Friends of the BC Archives have advocated for increased information sharing and engagement about the project with their members, many of whom are researchers accessing BC Archives' collections. The Friends are actively participating in the BC Archives information and engagement sessions about the new facility and future services.

"As a strong supporter of the work of the BC Archives, the Friends will continue to advocate for the secure preservation of equitable access to and appropriate resourcing for the care of our province's documentary heritage," they wrote.

British Columbia Historical Federation
PO Box 448, Fort Langley, BC, Canada, V1M 2R7


The Secretariat of the BCHF is located on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish speaking Peoples. 

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