Bruce County Museum on the cutting edge of the digital and virtual age

Bruce County Museum

When it comes to the digital and virtual age, Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre is on the cutting edge.

In 2021, the Museum will be developing a Digital Content Strategy, encompassing all areas of the Museum, pursuant to the Strategic Plan.

In the Archives department, the Museum manages an incredible 138,567 archival donation digital files, including 8,000 newspaper pages and 83,247 online files for public viewing. Over the next 12-18 months, the Museum will be systematically continuing to migrate digital files from degrading information carriers such as CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks.

The Museum is currently investigating how best to initiate a further newspaper digitization project. Digitization will help facilitate access to items and information from a distance, will enable more efficient discovery of information within a textual item, and will spare originals from repeated physical handling.

Among the many digital and virtual programs will include:

  • A Kid Zone March Break Camp for kids aged 5-12 is being planned but will depend on provincial shutdown status and health measures in place.
  • Museum’s Education Centre is offering digital field trips and downloadable resources for teachers.
  • Museum is working on opportunities to deliver virtual live programs using Microsoft Teams, Open Broadcaster Studio, and YouTube. These methods can be used in various ways for digital programming, including pre-recorded content, live programs with an external guest presenter, live Q&A, and multiple videos on the screen at the same time.
  • Virtual Adventure Talks:  On February 10, 24, and March 10, travel near and far with explorers sharing their trips of a lifetime.
  • Virtual Family Day At-Home: On February 15, join with a virtual ticket to meet Italian Guinness World Record holder, Silvio Sabba, as he provides a demonstration and reveal his tips and tricks for breaking records. There will be downloadable content from the Museum’s website outlining how to attempt records demonstrated at home, and families will be encouraged to post their best results with #2021BCM&CCFamilyDayChallenges on Facebook. The best attempts will win prizes.

Discover more from the Museum on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the Museum Website and Bruce Remembers Website.