A New Model of National Service for a National Museum: A Work in Progress
Research – Life Sciences and Earth Sciences • • Collections • • Public Education
Mandate To increase interest in, knowledge of, and appreciation and respect for, the natural world throughout Canada and internationally.
• Canadian Museum of Nature • National Consultation • Messages • Pilot Projects • Vision and Strategic Plan • Networks and Partnerships • Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada • Federal / International Role
Vision Development … a consultative process.
Messages Back Valuable perspectives on substance and approach.
• Make it bold • Create partnerships/ networks • Emphasize mutual strengths and asset-building • Create Canada’s story • Put people in the equation, as part of the natural environment • Focus on issues that matter
Experiments • Joint staffing – Bamfield Marine Station • Exhibition development – Royal Botanical Gardens • Special interest group through the Canadian Museums Association • Taking advantage of location, proximity, access – NSERC • Initiating national dialogue on collections responsibilities
• Polls • Further consultations – internal and external
New Vision: Connecting People With Nature • Emphasis on networks, partnerships, joint ventures • Focus on Environmental Change Through Time • Provide national service
Projects and Partnerships - Exhibitions • The GEEE! in Genome and the Nature of Humans Project • Ice Age Mammals and the Fire and Ice Project • Who Left the Tap On? and the Water Project
Projects and Partnerships • Rideau River Biodiversity Project (Ottawa) and the Frenchman River Biodiversity Project (Royal Saskatchewan Museum) • Working Group on Museums and Sustainable Communities (Canadian Centre for Biodiversity) • Sila: Clue In To Climate Change (Centre for Traditional Knowledge) • CineMuse Network
ROYAL BRITISH COLUMBIA MUSEUM • ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM • ROYAL TYRRELL MUSEUM • ROYAL SASKATCHEWAN MUSEUM • THE MANITOBA MUSEUM BIODÔME, INSECTARIUM, JARDIN BOTANIQUE ET PLANÉTARIUM DE MONTRÉAL • PRINCE OF WALES NORTHERN HERITAGE CENTRE • YUKON BERINGIA INTERPRETIVE CENTRE • NOVA SCOTA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY NEW BRUNSWICK MUSEUM • PROVINCIAL MUSEUM OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR • CANADIAN MUSEUM OF NATURE
• Speak with a single voice on issues of common interest • Encourage communication among members • Pursue joint projects
We are exploring working jointly in areas where we will have greater impact through combined efforts, such as: • Enhancing the visibility, recognition and benefit of natural history museums • Increasing our influence on public policy and decision-making • Collections planning and development to facilitate public and scientific access to collections information
Alliance (ANHMC) Projects: • • Collections – survey • • Communications • internal (web links, server) • external (special events, lobbying) • • Programs (Miracle Planet, Environmental Film Festival) • • Exhibitions – Fatal Attraction from the European Natural History Museum Network • Market Research
Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada • Challenges: • Geography • A Virtual Organization • Membership • Collective/Individual Priorities • Shifts in Attitude/Approach for Members • beyond those most involved
Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada • Planning for the future: • Strategic Planning Process • Focus on planning the joint work that we want to do
Canadian Museum of Nature Planning for the future: Plan from an assumption that projects are national not local Priority for funding is given to national service and impact Consistently ask: what would this proposed project/program look like with three other partners? Sustained focus outward
Canadian Museum of Nature Thank you to INTERCOM and to The Association of Czech Museums and Galleries