June 26, 2019 10:00 am — June 27, 2019 3:00 pm
Fernie Community Archives Centre
Suite 201, 502 3rd Avenue

Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 Canada
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Exhibition Development | Planning Successfully and Writing Purposefully

We are pleased to partner again with the BC Museums Association and Heritage BC to enrich learning opportunities for museums, archives, art galleries, heritage practitioners and artists in the Elk Valley region proAs part of the Fernie Museum’s commitment to fostering a stronger, more connect museum community in our area.

Instructor: Tim Willis

Join us for an exciting and interactive 2-day workshop with exhibition expert Tim Willis. We will explore how to plan exhibits successfully and the secrets to simple, effective design. And …we’ll understand how to tell a story well… so that it truly connects with visitors.


Workshop Session 1 | Planning Successfully, Designing with Purpose | 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

This day is about thinking critically about exhibitions and their potential to connect with visitors. We will focus on planning effectively before moving into practical principles of exhibition design for small museums.

Networking Social | 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Heritage BC will also host a Networking Social from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on June 26, where a discussion around issues facing museums within the Columbia Basin region will be discussed and an opportunity to learn more about the BC Museums Association’s new online resources for small museums will be presented.


Workshop Session 2 | Interpretation and Writing for Exhibitions

Today the focus will be all about telling a story well. We’ll look at the art of interpretation and how successful exhibitions move beyond simply conveying information. We’ll see how great storytelling connects with the visitor as a person. And we’ll explore the principles of writing for exhibitions. Optional afternoon tour of the Fernie Museum.

Workshop participants will also receive free print copies of the BCMA’s Exhibit Development Tools for Small Museums. You are guaranteed to come away not only with a sense of being inspired, but also a set of practical tools for easy implementation at your museum or gallery.

Registration fee is $110 for BCMA members; $200 for non-members; workshop fee includes coffee and lunch on both days.

If you’re not a member yet, consider becoming one today! Individual memberships are only $50, and Institutional memberships start at $100! Learn more here: http://museumsassn.bc.ca/members/

Register Today


Tim Willis is one of Canada’s most experienced museum professionals. He led the visitor experience departments of two significant Canadian museums and directed the presentation of more than 100 exhibitions.

“I believe that museums can change lives and that this is done through powerful storytelling. My specialty is in helping museums to plan strategically and effectively with the visitor as a central consideration.”

To learn more about Tim, visit his website.


June 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am
June 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
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