Virtual Museum of Canada announces new online projectsSeptember 9, 2020
For immediate release
Gatineau, Quebec, September 9, 2020 — A new round of projects announced by the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) — which is managed by the Canadian Museum of History — will provide support to museums in their development of new online projects. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital presence of museums has grown in importance among Canadians looking for compelling online experiences, as well as for parents and educators seeking authentic and trustworthy Canadian content.
Twenty-seven new projects will feature collections and stories from museums and heritage organizations across Canada. The VMC supports a variety of organizations, from local historical sites to large museums.
“Now more than ever, Canadians are relying upon museums to bring stories, collections and cultural heritage into their homes and lives. We are very proud that the Virtual Museum of Canada plays such an important role in placing Canadian culture front and centre in these difficult times,” said Megan Richardson, Director of the Virtual Museum of Canada.
The upcoming slate of new online projects explores topics such as German U-boat attacks off Newfoundland, early computer art, women in STEM, and the legacy of “Indian Hospitals” in Alberta and British Columbia. Other exhibits include an exploration of the original Anne of Green Gables manuscript, a history of Canadian figure skating, and a deep dive into the 1960s Montréal music scene.
The 2020 call for proposals for online projects is open until October 28 for the Medium and Large investment streams, and November 25 for the Small investment stream (Community Stories). Details on how to submit a proposal can be found at virtualmuseum.ca.
Small Investment Stream (Community Stories)
The Canadian Museum of History operates the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum and the Virtual Museum of New France. Together, these Museums function as centres for research and public information on the history of Canada. Their principal role is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped Canada’s history and identity. Work of the Canadian Museum of History is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.
Managed by the Canadian Museum of History, the Virtual Museum of Canada is a federally funded investment program that helps build digital capacity in Canadian museums and heritage organizations and gives Canadians unique access to diverse stories and experiences. Funding is available for modest to ambitious bilingual online products with interpreted content and an engaging user experience.
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Media Relations Officer
Canadian Museum of History