Following the inspiring and eloquent keynote address by Dr. Lorna Williams at the 2017 conference, we asked conference participants to explore their vision for the future of heritage. Hundreds of words were written, but none more repeatedly than “stories”.
Stories connect people, inspiring them to look again and to see different perspectives. Storytelling brings to life beliefs, ideas, knowledge and values.
Stories are intangible but they transmit heritage and culture. They share memories and reveal new understandings. Stories draw us together and shape our communities.
Full registration is $330 for the first registrant of an organization. A 25% discount applies for all subsequent registrations for the same organization. A coupon code will be emailed to you following the first registration.
We have put together a team of experts in the field to take you inside and out of Irving House, located in the heart of New Westminster and one of the oldest community heritage sites in BC.
The day starts with an introduction to our topic – Condition Assessment and Reporting – peeling back the layers as we investigate and ‘read’ a building to understand its heritage value, to discover and document character defining elements and past interventions, and then to assess and plan for future conservation or rehabilitation.
The remainder of the day is dedicated to three key issues, offering insights on conservation practices that can be applied to almost any heritage building.
Day registration is encouraged. Please notify us if you would like to register for individual sessions, and we will add your name to a waitlist. Registration for individual sessions is dependent on availability.
Space for all sessions is limited; prior registration is required. Explorations will occur indoors and outside; please dress appropriately. Morning snack (at 9:00am) and bagged lunch (at 12:30pm) is included with full-day registration.
Location: Irving House, 302 Royal Ave, New Westminster
Led by Elana Zysblat, heritage consultant, Ance Building Services. Discover unique solutions to heritage properties that are made possible through the Heritage Revitalization Agreement process.
Explore the newest and largest heritage conservation area in Western Canada with New Westminster’s Heritage Policy Planner, Britney Quail.
Inspired by Pecha Kucha and Ignite events, Heritage SLAM! was the surprise hit at our 2017 conference. Heritage SLAM! gives delegates the opportunity to showcase their best, most innovative and exciting projects in a fast-paced, fun evening. Each presenter shows off their work with 15 slides and 15 seconds per slide. SLAM!
Cost: $30 per person; light fare and drinks are included.
(Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to be a presenter at Heritage SLAM!)
Opening Plenary Workshop
Friday, May 11, 9:00am
The story of our heritage has long been told from a single point of view. But, is that the correct point of view? How does the narrative change when different voices tell the stories?
The morning starts with the different worldviews from a diverse panel of experts. We then explore how the different worldviews of heritage can broaden our own interpretations to tell a richer story.
Workshops: see below
As we move toward the end of the conference, we provide an opportunity to you to enjoy the company of your peers, and a chance to discuss new ideas and lingering challenges. There is no set agenda, so bring your discussion topics. Attendance is open to all meetings.
Heritage and museums are under separate Ministries, heritage and archaeology are divided by a date (1846), and technology is changing the way we connect community with heritage. These are some of the constrictions placed on heritage and its relationships with associated disciplines. But, does it have to be this way? What is really happening? And how would you like things to change?
With this plenary workshop, we launch a province-wide series of community consultations to learn from your experiences, your success stories, your challenges and your needs. More importantly, we want you to help us tell a new story for the future of heritage.
The afternoon will start with a panel discussion about our work, relationships and aspirations. We then explore themes and ideas to lay the groundwork for a year-long consultation process and a new story for heritage.
Memory of Place
Memory of place can be a powerful tool to influence the decision-makers, but the heritage sector is only beginning to explore how community memories impact values of place. Our panel explores the ways emotions, compassion, ethics, and imagination, through our stories of history and heritage, can contribute to planning and influence policy.
Revitalization: Place and People
Revitalization can create character of place and conditions for space. But, design and planning of a building’s physical structure can also be the creator of community, connecting people and place with authenticity and meaning. In this workshop, we examine several developments, including New Westminster’s River Market, that have gone from bricks and mortar projects to become impactors of society.
New World Interpretation
As technology influences almost every aspect of our lives, we are feeling its presence in the heritage sector more and more. Blogs, videos, augmented reality and Facebook are not entrenched in our tools to communicate and connect. But, are we seeing results for our efforts? And, what about heritage – how is technology impacting the way we interpret our heritage and the message we communicate?
Storytelling and Your Community
Celebrate community and enliven your heritage project with storytelling and living history in a freewheeling and fun presentation. Storyteller and museum educator, Gabriel Newman, will share is experiences and approaches to celebrating community stories, and will provide tips and tools for you to collect, cultivate and share stories.
Small Scale, Big Impact
Communities are shaped by their unique cultural landscapes. Small-scale, place-based businesses and organizations are essential to this culture, and to the evolution and adaptation of these communities. In this workshop, the small program explores how unique place-based cultural assets in our communities can build social, cultural and economic strength. Through exploring cases of revitalization across Canada, we answer the questions: How do we tell the stories of our communities? What is the role of local cultural economies in these stories? How do we support these cultural economies?
As a not-for-profit community developer, the small program celebrates and activates existing heritage assets to attract and sustain vibrant cultural entrepreneurial hubs. Cultural assets, tangible and intangible, define communities: historical buildings and landscapes, skills related to natural resource extraction (like fishing), folk architecture (like barns), and traditional crafts (like weaving). Local champions who drive these efforts are shaping the evolution of placemaking, supporting the growth of both local identity and industry.
As the tangible and intangible interactions of humans and nature, cultural landscapes call up complex ideas of ‘ownership’ and stewardship over a land-base that can be contested and re-envisioned over time. We explore the ideas of land conservation and recreation access, while preserving and protecting cultural, economic, and ecological values.
Watch for more details. Program subject to change without notice. If you have questions, please contact Paul Gravett.