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 Citys museum
collection, and provides the foundation to actively preserve the unique story of
Mississaugas development as Canadas sixth largest City.
Its important for residents to know that Museums of Mississauga follows the
Canadian Museums Associations Ethics Guidelines and is the only institution in
Mississauga that meets the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports 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 Citys Culture Division, is responsible for
collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts that represent Mississaugas cultural
heritage. The City currently has three historic house museums -- Bradley Museum, Benares
Historic House and Leslie Log House -- which represent Mississaugas 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
Citys modern development from 1939 up to present day.
The City is committed to the Culture Master Plan goal of securing and preserving
Mississaugas cultural history, added Susan Burt, Director of Culture, Community
Services Department. In future, the City will expand the museums collection to
offer more off-site exhibits on wider themes with the ultimate long term vision of developing a
major museum to showcase Mississaugas unique history. This policy is a great step towards
The new Museums Collections Policy outlines the Citys 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 Citys 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.firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-615-3200 X2109. For more information about
the Museums collection Policy, contact Annemarie Hagan, Manager, Museums and Traditions,
Culture Division at Annemarie.email@example.com 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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