At the Community History Centre
The Photography of John Barber Holdcroft
John Barber Holdcroft (1884-1975), was born in London, England. In 1894, at the age of ten, John and his family immigrated to Victoria, BC. During World War I (1914-1918) he served in the 6th field engineers in North Vancouver and rose to the rank of lieutenant, though for health reasons he did not go over seas.
From 1923 until retiring in 1955, Holdcroft worked for the Pacific Coast Pipe Company as chief engineer. In the course of his work, he travelled often across Canada, always with a camera slung over his shoulder. He took pictures of wood pipe and tank projects from B.C. to Newfoundland, as well as views and other places of interest. After retirement, he took great pleasure in shooting pictures of bridge and road construction sites in North Vancouver. A selection of his photos is featured in our latest display. Learn more about Holdcroft in this North Shore News article.
At U’Mista Cultural Centre
“Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist” Hits the Road!
After a successful showing at the NVMA’s former museum site in Presentation House Arts Centre, the “Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist” exhibit is now being hosted at a number of sites around the province. The first stop is U’Mista Cultural Centre which is located in the village of Alert Bay off Vancouver Island. U’Mista was founded in 1980 to house repatriated potlatch artifacts that had been seized in the 1920s by the Canadian government. As such, it is a particularly fitting venue for the Dan George show. That show focuses on the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George (1899-1981), and his influence as an Indigenous rights advocate as well as his career as an actor. The exhibit also presents a timeline of significant events and individuals in the Indigenous rights movement in BC and Canada.
The exhibit opens at the U’Mista Cultural Centre on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21, 2018) and will run until the end of April 2019.
NVMA followers will know that this exhibit was recently honoured by the District of North Vancouver with a Heritage Advocacy Award for Indigenous program collaboration. The NVMA wishes to express its appreciation to the George family for their assistance with the research and content development. More
This exhibit is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program.