Dr. Kathryn Bridge

Curator of History and Art

Kathryn Bridge has spent her professional life in the world of archives and museums, wearing the hats of archivist, historian and curator and balancing the academic focus of publications with public presentations and exhibitions. She has worked at the BC Archives and the Royal BC Museum in a variety of positions throughout her career. Her PhD in history is from the University of Victoria.

Kathryn’s research interest in BC’s colonial families has generated many presentations, articles and books. By Snowshoe, Buckboard & Steamer, her book about BC’s frontier women, won the 1998 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing. She has also written books on Sarah Crease and mountaineers Don and Phyllis Munday. Recently she led a curatorial team to create the 2015 exhibition, Gold Rush! El Dorado in British Columbia and edited the companion book, New Perspectives on the Gold Rush.

Her knowledge of the art and life of Emily Carr is of special note, demonstrated in her work as curator of several popular Carr exhibitions and three museum-published books, as well as the introductory essay for Carr’s Klee Wyck.

A prolific writer, speaker and presenter, Kathryn is currently revising a manuscript on pioneer children and childhood.


PhD, History, University of Victoria

Areas of Interest

Documentary art, BC historical artists, Emily Carr

Pioneering women

Colonial families in British Columbia

Gold rush

Specialty: Women and gender history

Contact Dr. Kathryn Bridge

Email: kathryn.bridge@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca