November 2016

Posted by: Anonymous on November 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Today the Board of Directors of the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) announced that they have named Mark Richards as the Museum’s new CEO.

Richards is an internationally respected museum professional with more than twenty years of experience working in national museums in the United Kingdom and is an expert in museum transformation and operations. He is known for building community partnerships and creative sponsorship opportunities in large and small markets.

He began his career at the British Museum before moving to the National Museum of Science and Industry, which included the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York and the National Media Museum in Bradford.

During his ten-year tenure as a director at the Museum of London (2005 – 2015) he was the architect behind its transformation to a world-leading cultural institution; doubling visitor numbers and achieving record levels of commercial income generation.

“Mark’s deep expertise in civic museum operations and his track record of success in guiding cultural institutions through periods of growth and transformation along with his passion for culture, the arts and Vancouver itself are ideal qualities for our next CEO,” says Jill Tipping, MOV Board Chair.

Richards says, “MOV is a cultural treasure and I am pleased to be joining its dedicated team at an exciting time in its history. I look forward to helping it fulfill its potential and reach wider audiences.”

He will take over in his official capacity on Monday, December 5. 

Posted by: Anonymous on November 29, 2016 at 10:20 am

This GivingTuesday, you are invited to partner with MOV on a highly anticipated exhibition.

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving where Canadians, charities and businesses come together to celebrate the spirit of giving.

The Museum's underexposed collection of Haida art features more than 400 rarely displayed pieces by Haida carvers, weavers, jewellery makers and painters.

This collection has sat protected in the Museum's vault for years, but has been rarely seen. With your help, we can unveil this remarkable Haida collection for the first time in its entirety.

We ask you to make a contribution toward this new Haida exhibition which will engage a broad audience and connect with a variety of communities.

As a non-profit registered charity, the Museum relies on the support of donations to continue to steward its collection of 70,000 artefacts, and offer outstanding exhibitions and community programming.
Make a minimum donation of $100 or become a monthly donor on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 and you will be entered to win a prize package that includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the MOV collection vault.
Three ways to donate
  • Online at Canada Helps
  • By phone: 604-736-4431
  • In person at the MOV Visitor Services desk
Posted by: Angela Yen on November 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm

This coin commemorates an important Pacific Northwest art piece. Its design is inspired by an argillite chest by Charles Edenshaw (1839–1924), who was a renowned artist and pivotal guardian of Haida culture. The chest features an intricately carved lion face with human characteristics and stacked 'U' lines - now considered key identifiers of classic Haida art.

The five-kilogram silver coin - with a mintage of only 100 -  is selling for $10,699.95 from the Canadian Mint.

The argillite chest is one of 70,000 artefacts in the MOV collection. It was orignally one of two chests purchased for $400 by Dr. Israel Powell - an Indian commissioner for British Columbia - as possible gifts for Queen Victoria's daughter.

Read more about this remarkable piece in the Museum's OpenMOV database.

Posted by: Angela Yen on November 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City is now on view at the Museum of Vancouver.

The exhibition displays over 400 photos from The Vancouver Sun collection. To get a closer look and to celebrate some of these stunning photographs, each Friday we'll be selecting our Five Favourite Photos from each year of the seventies. 

1) The grass, water, city and sky stack up so perfectly on top of each other - the idyllic playground. There's also great energy in just the flow of the girl's hair. 

August 2, 1976 - Mary Mitchell, 7, of Vancouver rides a big rubber ball overlooking the West End. Photo by Bill Keay (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 76-2753)


2) The way the curtains mirror the the bars of the patio creates an interesting monochromatic pattern. The endless windows with closed curtains in direct contrast to the exposed woman suntanning, implies a clever self awareness on the photo's voyeurism.

April 10, 1976 - High-rise suntanning on the seventh floor of a West 11th Avenue apartment building. Photo by Ralph Bower (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 76-1203)


3) Quintessential 1970s childhood. It's wonderful how everything in this photo may have been deemed "nerdy" at the time but now contains essentially everything people think is cool.

October 9, 1976 - Heng Look, twelve, Lev Delang, nine, and Nicholas Delang, ten, check out the goods at a comic book club at the Britannia branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Photo by Ralph Bower (The Vancouver Sun 76-3385)


4) A list of favourite photos from the seventies would not be complete without some representation of disco. This fun shot from Annabelle's nicely sums up the jive boogie era.

October 30, 1976 - People dance to disco music at Annabelle’s. Photo by Glenn Baglo (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 76-3622)

5) The photo is strikingly composed with the words on the window acting like a headline/caption and the young man's face and hand, centred and in focus. In many ways it seems posed but the young man's expression appears candid and quite hard to read.  

January 3, 1976 - Alnoor Vergee wipes away the steam at his father’s dry cleaning shop on Davie Street in the West End. Photo by Glenn Baglo (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 76-0009)

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Posted by: Angela Yen on November 21, 2016 at 5:07 pm

On November 17, 2016 the Museum of Vancouver invited another All Together Now contributor to stop by and discuss their passions and what they collect. Rob Frith, owner of Neptoon Records and a collector of hundreds of rare gig concert posters, expanded the focus of the talk to the era of music he loves - the 1960s and1970s.

Joining Frith was local music icon, Howie Vickers of the psychedlic group The Collectors. Together they chatted about Vickers's start in the music industry and what the music scene was like in Vancouver during the heyday of the psychedelic era. 

The discussion extended to the audience who shared their own memories and asked detailed questions about Vickers's first hand experience of "making it" in the industry. The audience included interviewer and music enthusiast, Nardwuar who was eager to ask a few questions himself including what it was like to open for eclectic singer/songwriter Tiny Tim (see video below). 

Thank you to Frith for conducting a fascinating and personal look at the Vancouver music scene and for giving the audience a taste of what the times felt and looked like with a series of gorgeous concert handbills that are now available for purchase at the MOV Gift Shop.

You can check out more of Frith's collection in the exhibition All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors & Their Worlds, on view until January 8, 2017.

Click HERE for more photos from the event.


Posted by: Angela Yen on November 17, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City is now on view at the Museum of Vancouver.

The exhibition displays over 400 photos from The Vancouver Sun collection. To get a closer look and to celebrate some of these stunning photographs, each Friday we'll be selecting our Five Favourite Photos from each year of the seventies. 


1) A great shot showing the development of what is now the iconic city centre in downtown Vancouver.

September 11, 1975 - Aerial view of the new Vancouver courthouse and Robson Square complex. Photo by George Diack (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 75-3297)


2) I love how the photographer finds a new percepective in representing an otherwise ordinary shot.

March 24, 1975  -  Couple walk past the skylight at the Sedgewick Library at U.B.C. Photo by Deni Eagland (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 75-1230)


3) Perfect horizontal lines with a distinct foreground and background. The man is in the prime spot. Yet despite its immpecable composition there is something haunting and surreal about it.

October 14, 1975 - Man walking in Burlington-Northern freight yard with the misty city in the background. Photo by Ian Lindsay (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 75-3724)


 4)  A gorgeous shot of Grouse Mountain with impressive lighting and contrast.

December 16, 1975 - A picture-perfect night of skiing on Grouse Mountain. Photo by Ian Lindsay (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 75-4528)


5) Tina Turner looks strong and stunning in this photo. Her signature legs never looked longer. Also incredibly interested that this show happened at BCIT!

February 8, 1975 - Tina Turner puts on a show with the Ike and Tina Turner Revue at a dance at the B.C. Institute of Technology. Photo by Glenn Baglo (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 75-0459)


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Posted by: Angela Yen on November 16, 2016 at 2:54 pm

On November 4th, the Museum of Vancouver hosted 32 designers at 23 stations, as they presented why they design and why they do it in Vancouver.

Watch the video above to learn firsthand why these local innovators do what they do.

A big thanks to our Visionary Partners that helped make the event a huge success: EcoService, Evo Car Share, EasyPark, HCMA Architecture + Design, Total Green Commercial Cleaning & Maintenance Ltd and Passport.

The photos below depict how interesting and engaging this year's event was.

Please view the full photo album here.


Velometro Mobility


Danielle Gilday, Yew Woodshop


Evan Roche, Jimmi


Glenis Canete, Hapa Collaborative


Ali Kenyon, HCMA


Posted by: Angela Yen on November 11, 2016 at 11:00 am

Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City is now on view at the Museum of Vancouver.

The exhibition displays over 400 photos from The Vancouver Sun collection. To get a closer look and to celebrate some of these stunning photographs, each Friday we'll be selecting our Five Favourite Photos from each year of the seventies. 

1) A rainy noir like photo captures the current moods in the city. 

March 8, 1974  - People with umbrellas on a rainy day. Photo by George Diack (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 74-0740)

2) Fun energetic photo. Looks like a still out of a buddy-cop film.

June 19, 1974 - Spanish Banks lifeguards Jim Harris and Glenn Schultz demonstrate an amphibious beach buggy and the art of the walkie-talkies to Bonnie Stefanko and Lois Tomlinson. Photo by  Ralph Bower (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 74-2140)

3) I like how Kits Beach looks pratically the same as it does today. There's even a road bike propped up in the middle of the beach which is such a classic Vancouver symbol.

August 5, 1974 - Kitsilano Beach on a summer day. Photo by Deni Eagland (Courtresy of The Vancouver Sun 74-2782)

4) A slice of life photo that captures the humour in everyday things.

August 19, 1974 -  A Canada Post worker takes a break in the mail relay box on the corner of Beach and Chilco in the West End. Photo by  Rob Straight (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 74-2926)

5) Looks like dating in Vancouver was no fun in the seventies too.

December 5, 1974 - Couple at Harry C’s singles bar. Photo by Glenn Baglo (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 74-4329)


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Posted by: Angela Yen on November 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm

The City of Vancouver have annouced that they will install heritage-style lamp posts and suicide prevention fencing on Burrard Bridge starting this week. The construction will begin on the west side of the Burrard Bridge.

The final design of the new bridge fencing was designed in collaboration with a stakeholder group made up of representatives from Heritage Commission, Heritage Foundation, Heritage Society, Active Transportation Policy Council, Urban Design Panel, Vancouver Coastal Health, BC Crisis Centre, the Vancouver Police Department and representatives from the film and television sector. Fencing was recommended by the BC Coroners Service and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

"We applaud the City of Vancouver for adding the barriers," says Vancouver Coastal Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Emily Newhouse. "This new fencing will save lives. The research shows that suicide attempts from bridges are impulsive. Generally, if someone is prevented from jumping off a bridge, they don't try other means of killing themselves."

Several designs were considered, including netting below the bridge, glass fencing, and several fence designs. A picket fence design with strong vertical detail and heritage style pedestrian lamp posts was selected as the final option for several reasons, including:

  • The design respects the heritage elements of the bridge more than other options
  • The simple design of the fence pickets maximizes views for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle passengers
  • The design is constructible and has lower construction and maintenance costs