Welcome to 32 views, a Kids’ Club exploration of all that is the Royal BC Museum. This project is an opportunity for kids to see, move through, experience, question, discover, be surprised by, and wonder at all the oddities and extraordinary collections that make up the majority of the Royal BC Museum and Archives…much of which is out of sight from the public galleries. So we are traveling around to go check it all out.
Each week we’ll meet a new museum staff member, and she or he will show the kids what they find interesting about the place they work. Throughout this year we’ll meet everyone from the CEO to the head of security…and many more in between. This week, the post is written by guest blogger, Kim Gough.
Week #4 – Dr Tzu-I Chung, Curator of History
Kids’ Club started with a song – a special song for a birthday – I’ll bet you know what it is. We spent our “Carpet time” talking about how we celebrate our birthdays, and how people celebrate all over the world.
On the way to Tzu-I’s office, we stopped in the Fannin Tower on the main floor. There were some old exhibit cases from the early days of the museums. These cases had lots and lots of mounted birds inside. Do you know the names of any of these birds?
Up to the eighth floor. Because there are collections on this floor as well as offices, Tzu-I’s door was locked. So we rang the bell.
On the way to Tzu-I’s office we noticed all of the books. Tzu-I showed us a book that she uses when she is doing research about an artifact.
Then we found out that Tzu-I interviewed two sisters. These pluckers belonged to their family business – a BBQ that still operates in Victoria’s Chinatown. When the sisters were girls, they helped their parents at the family business, and they used these pluckers on the ducks and chickens.
Tzu-I told us that is very important to talk with people about their stories to find out about their history and the history of British Columbia. With these stories and artifacts, the museum can make an exhibition.
We headed off through the maze of stairs to third floor of the museum to see the exhibition that Tzu-I curated called “Traditions in Felicities”.
On our way out, we went through Century Hall where there are hundreds of artifacts used to tell a story. It was interesting to think about the different ways that artifacts can be used to tell a story.
I really enjoyed stepping in to Kids’ Club for the day and hearing the stories, and seeing the artifacts with the kids and thanks to the Kids’ Club for being so friendly and helping me too. See you soon.