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 artifacts or records?

Please schedule an appointment with the Curatorial Assistant or Archivist. This may be done by telephone  or by email.  During the donation meeting, a Deed of Gift will be completed, transferring ownership, and in some cases, copyright, of the materials to the Museum.  You will also be asked to provide any information you may know about the context of the item(s) including the creator, copyright holder, date of creation, use of the item, and more.

What is the implication of donating?

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.  The Museum does not warehouse records for, or provide records management services to, individuals or organizations.

Will the Museum purchase my items?

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre does not actively purchase items for the Collection. We rely on the ​generosity of our donors to help us preserve our collective past through the gift of artifacts and records.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.  In some cases, descriptions of items will be made available in our Online Collections.  Objects are photographed and some archival records are scanned. Directly after donation and processing, most items are placed into environmentally-controlled storage  area for long-term preservation.  Objects may be placed on display from time-to-time.  Archival records will be made available to researchers in the Museum’s Research Room.

When will my donation be on display?

If an item fits within a theme for a temporary exhibit, it is put on display.  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 dispose of items?

Keeping with museum standards and practices, items within the Collection are reviewed to ensure they continue to fall within the Museum’s mandate and collecting plan. 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 of objects may 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 research at the BCM&CC?

Access to the Research Room is free for Members of the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre.  The General Admission fee ($8.00) includes access to the Research Room as well as the entire Museum.  For those wishing to visit only the Research Room, the fee is $6.00 per day.

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 retrieve materials from the archival storage area and to reserve the microfilm readers or computer 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.  Materials stored in the archival storage area may not be accessible on Saturdays, 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 happy to assist you discover the best resources to consult for your research, we cannot do the work for you.  For those unable to visit the Research Room, reasonable requests for information can be accommodated for a fee.