What items does the Museum take as donations?

The Museum and Archives only collect items that pertain to the history of the people of Bruce County, and the County itself, as per our Collecting Mandate.

How do I donate?

It is best to first discuss your donation with the Curatorial Assistant or Archivist before arriving at the Museum with your donation. This may be done via telephone  or by email.

What is the implication of donating?

It is important to understand that when an item is donated to the Museum or Archives, legal ownership is being given to the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre. Once an item is donated, it is the sole discretion of the Museum as to how that item is to be preserved, displayed and shared.

Can I loan items for long term?

Keeping with current Museum standards and practices, the Museum only receives loans if items are to be used for particular exhibits.

Will the Museum purchase my items?

Unfortunately, the Museum and Archives do not have an acquisition budget and cannot actively purchase items for the Collection. We are a registered charitable institution and can give charitable tax receipts, according to values provided by an independent appraiser.

What happens to items after donating?

All items, objects or archival, go through a process known as accessioning and cataloguing. Each item is given a particular identification number and is fully documented in our database, including family history and historical significance.  Objects are photographed and some archival records are scanned. Directly after donation and processing, most items are placed into environmentally controlled storage to be used in future displays.

When will my donation be on display?

If an item fits within a theme for a temporary exhibit it is put on display. Please note that some items are more sensitive than others to light and other environmental factors. These items are kept in storage for longer periods of time, and put on display for short periods of time, in an effort to preserve them according to museum standards.

Does the Museum get rid of things?

Keeping with museum standards and practices, items within the Collection are reviewed. This review involves extensive evaluations of objects and follows Museum policy and procedures as well as ministry ethics and guidelines.

Can I see the items I donated, or those related to my family?

The Museum often brings out items at the request of family and provides a viewing. Viewings can be arranged with the Curatorial Assistant, and need to be arranged within at least three business days before the desired date.

Can I have access to the Collection for research purposes?

The Museum is happy to provide access to the Collection to researchers. For three-dimensional objects, access needs to be arranged with the Curatorial Assistant at least three business days before the desired date.

What is a fonds?

A fonds is a body of records that were created, used and retained by a person or organization during the course of personal or business activities.

What is an archival collection?

A collection is a body of materials brought together with some unifying characteristic, such as a postcard collection

What does it cost to do research at the BCM&CC?

Members of the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre have access to the Research Room included in their fees.  There is a charge of $6.00 per day for non-members.

How do I do research at the BCM&CC?

It is always a good idea to call ahead before your visit to the Research Room. It will allow the archives staff to prepare materials in storage and to reserve the microfilm readers if necessary. When you arrive in the Research Room, you will be asked to read our access and use policy and fill out a registration form. A consultation with the archives staff is always a good way to begin your visit as they will be able to direct you to the appropriate resources quickly. These will include both primary and secondary sources available within the Research Room and Archives. While the records stored in the Archives are available to the public, the archival storage area is a closed space. If there is anything needed from the Archives, the staff will retrieve the materials upon the completion of a call sheet. Archival materials are not available on weekends unless the researcher makes arrangements ahead of time.

If you are interested in seeing collections artifacts, arrangements must be made in advance.

Please note that while we are more than willing to assist you in your research, we cannot do the work for you. Reasonable requests for information can be accommodated for a fee (link to Research Request Form).