Join BCMA and the Fernie Museum for a 2-day workshop in beautiful Fernie, BC!


Wednesday, June 26 (10:00am – 4:30pm) & Thursday, June 27 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Instructor:  Tim Willis

Location:  Fernie Archive Centre, Suite 201, 502 3rd Avenue, Fernie


Join us for an exciting and interactive 2-day workshop with exhibition expert Tim Willis. We will explore how to plan exhibits successfully and the secrets to simple, effective design. And ...we'll understand how to tell a story well... so that it truly connects with visitors.

The proposed agenda is as follows:

Day One:  Planning Successfully, Designing with Purpose

This day is about thinking critically about exhibitions and their potential to connect with visitors. We will focus on planning effectively before moving into practical principles of exhibition design for small museums. Optional evening social sponsored by Heritage BC.

Day Two:  Interpretation and Writing for Exhibitions

Today the focus will be all about telling a story well. We’ll look at the art of interpretation and how successful exhibitions move beyond simply conveying information. We’ll see how great storytelling connects with the visitor as a person. And we’ll explore the principles of writing for exhibitions. Optional afternoon tour of the Fernie Museum.

Workshop participants will also receive free print copies of the BCMA’s Exhibit Development Tools for Small Museums. You are guaranteed to come away not only with a sense of being inspired, but also a set of practical tools for easy implementation at your museum or gallery.

Registration fee is $110 for BCMA members; $200 for non-members; workshop fee includes coffee and lunch on both days.

If you’re not a member yet, consider becoming one today! Individual memberships are only $50, and Institutional memberships start at $100! Learn more here:

A block of 10 rooms has been reserved to accommodate workshop participants:

Park Place Lodge
742 Highway #3, Fernie
(250) 423-6871; or toll-free 1-888-381-7275
- Call the hotel directly and quote the group code (BCMA19) to secure your reservation before June 12.
- All rooms will be released on June 12.
- Room rates are between $104 - $165 / night depending on the type of room you request.

NOTE:  We will do our best to assist BCMA members who may find it difficult to participate for financial reasons. Please let us know if cost is a barrier to your participation:

Workshop - Exhibition Development - Fernie

  • Wednesday June 26 2019, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Thursday June 27 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Suite 201, 502 3rd Avenue
    Fernie Archive Centre
    Fernie, British Columbia