We recently celebrated 110 years of Discoveries at the Museum by welcoming former residents and their families back to Britannia for Homecoming Weekend on June 27-29. As it is the former residents and their families that is truly what makes the history of Britannia so special, we were delighted to have so many here at one time.
The Museum had over 50 guests register for the full weekend of activities and many more who stopped by for Saturday’s coffee social. It truly was a weekend of socializing and reminiscing and it was wonderful to hear the many stories and memories that visitors had of living in Britannia Beach, Mount Sheer and Minaty Bay.
Those that attended the welcome reception on Friday evening got the chance to take part in our Live Work Play interactive storytelling activity in the Mill. Originally designed for our younger school audiences, it's proven to be a fun adult activity too.
We were proud to unveil our new summer exhibit, “The Best of Britannia: Life in a Company Town” in the Machine Shop just in time for the welcome reception on Friday evening. Much planning, research and writing went into the creation of this exhibit and we were pleased to see our guests reading the stories, chatting about the artefacts and using the space to spark conversation.
Saturday was a full day of activities including a trip to Mount Sheer for some. The day was capped off with a comforting Homestyle Dinner in the Machine Shop complete with a photo booth and a large cake that all our guests signed before it was quickly eaten up!
Sunday was more relaxed with most guests enjoying the by-donation pancake breakfast offered by the Britannia Beach Volunteer Fire Department. A few guests came back to enjoy the Walking Tour of the Mine Tunnel, Coffee Social and EPCOR Water Treatment Plant Tour.
We had a wonderful time celebrating this big year with all our guests. For those of you who could not make it to Homecoming Weekend, we would love to see you at the Museum and hear your stories sometime in the near future.
Our sincere appreciation goes to the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) for their financial support in hosting the event through the Area D Select Fund, as well as to Starbucks (Hunter Place, Squamish) and InBiz.ca for their generous in kind donations. For their volunteer effort with registration we thank Doug Smith and Trish McNair and assisting with the post processing of our dinner photos we thank Vancouver photographer Alex Law.
We have asked our guests to submit some of their favourite memories and stories from their time at Britannia and we will be posting these on our blog over the course of Britannia’s 110th year – look out for these fascinating, poignant and at times funny stories in the coming weeks.
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