For people staying at home due to COVID-19, The Royal BC Museum is offering some new free webinars for all ages. (The Royal BC Museum photo)

Keeping B.C. together while staying apart, Royal BC Museum creates webinar series

Museum and archives responds to COVID-19 with online programs for all ages

Have you ever wanted to meet an art curator, meet a family history curator or discover what’s new in Canadian paleontology?

Or perhaps see your children have some anthropod-making fun?

In an effort to keep British Columbians connected while staying apart, The Royal BC Museum has launched three new webinar series with all of those opportunities and more on the calendar.

Since closing its doors to the public on March 17 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum and archives has responded with a flurry of strengthened and brand new online programs to appeal to learners of all ages, anywhere in the province, for free.

“The Royal BC Museum sees the temporary closure as an opportunity to think creatively about how we can serve our communities,” said Royal BC Museum CEO Prof. Jack Lohman.

“We have leapt at this chance to connect museum experts with citizens in an informal and accessible way, whether you are at your kitchen table, balcony or back yard.”

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare said the free web series is a great opportunity for parents searching for ways to keep their kids learning while schools are closed.

“I commend the Royal BC Museum for this initiative to bring British Columbia’s culture and history to people’s homes.”

RBCM@Home is designed for youth and adults, and features members of the curatorial and collections staff who are working from home.

Participants will discover how these museum experts do their work, how their work is reflected in their homes and what they’re working on now.

RBCM@Home takes place every Tuesday and Thursday at 12 p.m.

RBCM@Home (Kids) is much like an online museum playdate.

Participants will visit with museum members who are working from home, along with other families from across B.C., to learn and make together.

RBCM@Home (Kids) takes place every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

RBCM@Outside is a series of themed virtual field trips to local destinations that are rich in history.

Participants can follow along at home as museum staff lead them through outdoor spaces.

This series is still in development — though the first webinar will be a virtual ramble through the poles in Thunderbird Park in Victoria, B.C.

Read more: VIDEO: Williams Lake teachers reach out to students on first week back to school without them

Watch our event calendar for upcoming RBCM@Outside programs.

Staff from the museum’s learning team facilitate each webinar, steering the conversations, encouraging difficult and entertaining questions and flagging themes for followup at subsequent webinars.

The webinars will be streamed live on Zoom and on the museum’s Facebook page (facebook.com/RoyalBCMuseum). Additionally, each session will be recorded and uploaded to the Royal BC Museum’s YouTube channel later that week at youtube.com/RoyalBCMuseum.

To learn more about the webinars, visit the event calendar at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/calendar.

To explore the full range of the Royal BC Museum’s online programs, from genealogical research resources to videos, online art galleries to museum and archives highlights, visit royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/engage-us-home.

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