Pickering Museum Village to improve programs with new funds

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Nearly $100,000 in provincial and federal funding will help the Pickering Museum Village expand its programs, services and collections.

The City of Pickering has received $99,400 in provincial and federal funding for the living history museum that fosters a connection to Pickering by collecting, preserving, and interpreting artifacts and social culture.

“These grants mark an important investment in our ability to both preserve and promote Pickering’s rich and vibrant history," said Mayor Dave Ryan.

Here is where the money will go:

Government of Canada’s Museum Assistance Program — $30,000

This funding will benefit the collections storage project by hiring of a new museum specialist to oversee work that includes increasing storage capacity, completing inventory and tracking, and relocating artifacts from poor storage conditions to purpose-built museum storage. Conservation treatments will also be performed on artifacts to repair past damage, clean, and stabilize artifacts for moving. The museum houses more than 10,000 artifacts, ranging from early habitation to 30 years before present day.

Province of Ontario’s Rural Economic Development Program — $44,400

This funding will restore and market the Greenwood Blacksmith Shop. The building dates back to 1857 and will undergo structural repairs, select cladding replacement, window and roof repairs, and upgraded electrical and lighting. The shop is expected to relaunch in spring 2022. The grant will be used toward exhibit development, and marketing to draw regional tourists to the new attraction.

Province of Ontario’s Community Museum Digital Capacity Top Up Grant — $25,000

This grant funded recently upgraded Wi-Fi throughout the museum village, the installation of security cameras, and the purchase of hardware to enable virtual programming in an effort to adapt to the challenges presented during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Museum is also offering a range of virtual education programs while on-site field trips are restricted due to the pandemic.

Access the museum’s online collection at pickering.pastperfectonline.com Visit pickeringmuseumvillage.ca for details on location, available programs, and current operating hours. Connect with the museum on Facebook and Twitter.