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Mississauga's New Policy Confirms Standards For Preserving the City's Cultural Heritage

Jul 11, 2013

Mississauga Council approved a new “Museums Collection” policy that, together with the Museum Collection Guidelines, outlines the care and handling of the City’s museum collection, and provides the foundation to actively preserve the unique story of Mississauga’s development as Canada’s sixth largest City.

“It’s important for residents to know that Museums of Mississauga follows the Canadian Museums Association’s Ethics Guidelines and is the only institution in Mississauga that meets the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s strict standards for community museums,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion. “We want everyone to feel confident that when donating items to the City of Mississauga they will be cared for professionally and included in our public display programs as appropriate.”

Museums of Mississauga, operated by the City’s Culture Division, is responsible for collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts that represent Mississauga’s cultural heritage. The City currently has three historic house museums -- Bradley Museum, Benares Historic House and Leslie Log House -- which represent Mississauga’s 19th and early 20th century history. The City also maintains a wide collection of natural and cultural objects in its permanent collection that span the history of Mississauga up to and including the City’s modern development from 1939 up to present day.

“The City is committed to the Culture Master Plan goal of securing and preserving Mississauga’s cultural history,” added Susan Burt, Director of Culture, Community Services Department. “In future, the City will expand the museum’s collection to offer more off-site exhibits on wider themes with the ultimate long term vision of developing a major museum to showcase Mississauga’s unique history. This policy is a great step towards this goal.”

The new Museums Collections Policy outlines the City’s process for procuring objects for its collection. Among a number of details it specifies:

* A collection code of ethics for staff;
* Criteria for acquiring collections including purchasing and donations;
* How in-coming and out-going loans of materials from the collection will be managed;
* Process for appraisals; and
* Collection conservation guidelines including how materials will be maintained, monitored in suitable environmental conditions in storage and handled.

Council also approved changes to the City’s Purchasing By-law which will enable the City to acquire relevant artifacts and unique objects by following the strict approval process outlined in the policy.

Museums of Mississauga asks residents to contact the City to discuss the possibility of donating items of cultural or historical interest by contacting Stephanie Meeuwse, Collections and Exhibit Supervisor, Culture Division at Stephanie.meeuwse@mississauga.ca or 905-615-3200 X2109. For more information about the Museum’s collection Policy, contact Annemarie Hagan, Manager, Museums and Traditions, Culture Division at Annemarie.hagan@mississauga.ca or 905-615-3200 X 2106.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

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