Archiving Activism @ Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver [7 December]

Archiving Activism

19:00 - 21:00

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Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9
Join us for an engaging panel discussion that will explore one of the central tenants of MOV's City On Edge exhibition: archives and their historically rich relationship to activism.

Exhibition co-curator Kate Bird will moderate a discussion featuring some of Vancouver's cutting edge archivists — Ron Dutton of the B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives, Bailey Garden from the B.C. Labour Heritage Centre and Vincent Tao of the Pollyanna Library & 221A artist run centre.

Q and A to follow the panel presentation

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Date: Thursday, December 7

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: Adults: $19; Seniors and Students: $16; MOV Members: Free; Individuals who self identify as First Nations: Free.


Kate Bird worked as a librarian at The Vancouver Sun and The Province for twenty-five years. She is the author of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes and Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos From a Decade That Changed the City, which was nominated for a 2016 British Columbia Historical Writing Award. Kate has been the researcher for numerous books, including Making Headlines: 100 Years at The Vancouver Sun, and Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia.

Ron Dutton is a retired librarian whose professional activism included establishing Carnegie Library in the Downtown Eastside; amalgamating existing library programs into Outreach Services for the sight impaired and homebound; and managing several subject divisions at VPL’s Central Library. In 1976, at the height of the gay liberation movement, he began collecting material that documents BC queer political initiatives, organizations, ethnic minorities, cultural and social activities, health issues, and art. The Archives has now grown to contain some 3/4 million items in all media, and is heavily consulted by journalists, academics, cultural workers and the public.

Bailey Garden is a social, political and environmental activist originally from Calgary, AB. She is a Project Manager at the BC Labour Heritage Centre, as well as the creator of the Centre's Oral History Workshop & Guide. Bailey is an alumni of Simon Fraser University and has worked on a number of oral history research projects based around British Columbia, on a wide range of subjects including labour, land use, industry, immigration, diversity and more. Her oral history video, “Our Working Waterfront”, won 2nd prize in the SFU Blue Student Competition in Water, acknowledged at the 2015 Canadian Water Summit.

Vincent Tao is the Librarian at 221A, where he is responsible for the Pollyanna Library collection and associated programs. His independent research and organizing work concerns urban displacement and the right to the city. Tao’s recent projects at 221A include Notes on Political Ecologies (N.O.P.E. 2016); Rereading Room: the Vancouver Women’s Bookstore; Parallax Study: The New Romantics; and Deep Blue Open Archive. Recently, Tao took part in documenta 14’s an education program at Under the Mango Tree—Sites of Learning, travelling to Kassel to present and workshop the 221A’s educational programming. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Tao studied at McGill University in Montreal, where he was the outreach coordinator for a worker-run community kitchen.


City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. These photographs are exceptional historical records of intense and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites.
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