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    Admiralty House Museum

    Admiralty House was built in 1915 by the British Admiralty to monitor icebergs, ships at sea and provide weather forecasts to mariners. The sinking of the Titanic and the First World War prompted the development of a grid of wireless communications stations around the Atlantic,...

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    Wooden Boat Museum

    Come visit the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador – a place where the history and traditions of wooden boat building come to life! We are located on the Avalon Peninsula, in Winterton, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • cupids-legacy-centre

    Cupids Legacy Centre

    The Cupids Legacy Centre stores the extensive artifact collection discovered at the Cupids Cove Plantation site, and houses its field laboratory. The site, now a Provincial Historic Site, is one of the most significant archaeological digs in North America.  
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    James J. O'Mara Pharmacy Museum

    Apothecary Hall housed the Peter O'Mara Drug Store from 1922 to 1986. It was one of the last surviving old drug stores to operate in Newfoundland and the second home for Peter O'Mara's business, which had operated out of 484-486 Water Street as The West End Drug Store from 1899.. 
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    Labrador Interpretation Centre

    The Labrador Institute of Memorial University was established by the University to stimulate, coordinate, and support major University projects and programs designed to promote the well-being of the people of Labrador and to expand the Labrador knowledge base.

MANL COVID-19 Update

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Hello MANL members,

It is my hope that you are all safe and adhering to the government recommendations in this time of crisis. At this point in Newfoundland and Labrador ALL museums are closed under the medical state of emergency order. MANL staff have been working diligently from our homes to keep our virtual office open. It is important to keep our information to the facts and provide sound professional pertinent material to our members.

Our social media feeds are still active, and we have been bringing virtual museum information to our followers. We encourage everyone to post on the MANL Facebook page and encourage you to share your stories. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns during this time.

Here a several updates for you:

  • We have been in contact with the department of Tourism Culture Industry and Innovation and are pleased to report that the department will be forwarding 2020-2021 CEDP funding to those who received funding last year. The department is in the process of completing last year's payments and issuing payments for the 2020-2021 fiscal-year. Thank you to Minister Bernard Davis and his staff for their quick response support the heritage sector. For more information follow this link. https://www.tcii.gov.nl.ca/covidmsg.html
  • On March 26th I meet with the Canadian Museum Association and the Provincial and Territorial Museum Associations (PTMA) from across the country on several topics including our concerns for COVID-19. Collectively we are preparing to pass our concerns for the museum sector along to The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage in early April. One of our goals is to ensure museums are included in the Canadian government relief package. For more information on the Government of Canada and Covid-19 visit this link  https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
  • We have important links below for museums including CCI's recommendations for the closure of museums during the Covid-19 crisis. CCI responded quickly with these recommendation and we advise that you follow their expert advice in this matter. Visit https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/corporate/contact.html
  • Our friends at the BC Museum Association were kind enough to offer free attendance to a museum webinar on exploring digital outreach. Registration information is provided at this link https://members.museumsassn.bc.ca/public/event/details/f3e9634bb1a0b02dd7a564bd770db6652f664a9e/1

Please stay safe and remember we are here for you during this time, contact us if you have any concerns.

Take Care,
Ken Flynn
MANL Executive Director


COVID-19 Recommendations From CCI

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In the current context surrounding COVID-19, several authorities are requesting the closure of many gathering places. The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) would like to share some recommendations for heritage institutions.
First and foremost, we encourage everyone to follow the latest advice from their regional public health authorities.
Concerning your heritage collections:
  1. If you are faced with having to shut down your institution, we refer you to CCI Note 1/3 Closing a Museum for the Winter for tips on how to do this safely and efficiently. 
  2. To protect yourself in your workplace, we refer you to the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Being prepared resource, in particular the “For workplaces” section. Furthermore, we remind you that the virus does spread via contact with contaminated surfaces, which can include objects and collections. This is the warning from the World Health Organization:
When someone who has COVID-19 coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects - such as desks, tables or telephones. People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects – and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. (Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 [PDF format]) 
  1. As the virus is able to live on surfaces for several days, our best advice is to avoid contact with heritage objects for some time to reduce the likelihood of viral exposure. If handling collections cannot be avoided, wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment is required. 
  2. Please note that the information circulating from various sources on how to disinfect surfaces (for example, desks, tables, telephones) can be very dangerous for some objects. To avoid damaging your collection, always consult a professional conservator before doing any kind of treatment. For this, we refer you to the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property and the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators to find conservators in your area.
As always, please contact CCI's Client Services if you require assistance. As with many federal institutions, CCI is encouraging its staff to telework until further notice. Therefore, you may experience some delays in receiving responses to inquiries.
In addition, all business travel has been suspended for the time being. For those who were scheduled to receive services in early spring, you will soon be contacted to explore the possibility of postponing these services, if necessary. As you know, the situation is evolving. We will continue to monitor it and provide updates to those who are affected.

Winter 2020 Newsletter

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MANL Newsletter - Winter 2020, Vol. 38, No. 1

MANL's latest newsletter is now available and has been distributed to our members. Interested in sharing your story? We would love to hear from you! The deadline for our next issue is June 1, 2020.

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