These resources tap into the Museum’s archives of source documents and aural histories to enable you to bring the social and environmental history of Britannia into the classroom without a visit to the Museum.

Groundbreaking – all grades

Our 15 minute award winning movie on Britannia tells the story of how Britannia went from discovery to the largest copper mine in the British Empire. It also tells the story of how the environment was impacted by mining activity and how that impact has been reversed.


Virtual Tunnel Walkthrough – all grades

Get a different view of our tunnel with this 3D walkthrough.

The map was created using a hand held laser. The mining industry uses this technology to accurately map working mines. Decisions on mine operations can then be made without entering the mine itself.

This video was kindly created for us courtesy of 3D Laser Mapping Ltd.


EPCOR Britannia Mine Water Treatment Plant – all grades

This 2.3 minute video produced for EPCOR talks about the company’s role in the water treatment process as well as the positive impact the Mine’s remediation has had on the community.

Connecting with the Past Grades 4-8

Our story will introduce you to some of the many different types of jobs people had at Britannia. Use this exercise to have your students imagine working at Britannia and writing a letter home to their parents describing life and work in this isolated resource town.
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What's in a Photo? Grades 4-8

Engage your students in discovering how historic photos help us interpret the past.
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Explore our Story Grades 4-5

Discover some of the highs and lows Britannia experienced through this short story of our history, then find key names and terms from our story in the included word search.
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Introduce what it was like to live and work at Britannia to your class with one or more of the following topics.

Minorities at Britannia – Grades 5-6

Explore what it was like to be a visible minority at Britannia.
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Safety at Britannia – Grades 5-6

Explore two serious accidents in Britannia’s history as well as one of the most widely known health issues associated with the mine - silicosis.
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Social Structure – Grades 5-6

Discover some aspects of living in a Company town.

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Women at Britannia – Grades 4-6

In Britannia’s time, the roles of women were limited. What was this like for the women that lived it? Explore this and how times have changed.
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Women Underground – Grades 4-6

Perhaps the biggest social change to come to mining in the past century is the allowance of women to work in mines. Today, women are highly valued in the industry. Examine a source document that marks the beginning of this change in attitudes towards women in mining.
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The Safety Record – Grades 8-10

Mining can be done safely. Today that is of paramount importance. Examine with your class how approaches and attitudes towards safety changed over Britannia’s life.
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Britannia went from meeting all the environmental standards of its time while in operation to becoming one of the worst industrial pollution points in North America following its closure before the clean-up began. What happened? Explore the changing environmental standards as well as the issues between government and landowners that caused Britannia’s deterioration.

Britannia 1918 to New Prosperity 2014 – Grades 5-7

Compare and contrast how attitudes towards the environment changed over the past century with a look at the acceptable practices of Britannia in 1918 and the requirements put forth for the proposed New Prosperity mine in 2014.
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Government Legislation – Grades 7 +

Have your students examine how BC’s environmental laws have changed since their first introduction in the 1960s. Are our laws strong enough? Are they too strong? Ask them to answer this question by researching a current environmental issue in mining.
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The Missing Years – Grades 10 +

While Britannia was in operation and for the first four years following closure it was in compliance with the environmental laws of the day. What followed was twenty years of disputes and inaction that led to Britannia being known for its pollution more than its mining history.

This paper presents a narrative of what happened during the last three decades of last century along with the source documents. Use Britannia’s environmental story as a case study or select a part of the story to complement your own lesson plan.
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Recommended Source Documents

This RAR file contains the source documents necessary to support the key issues in ‘The Missing Years’.
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Full Set of Source Documents from the Museum’s Archives

This Zip file contains all the source documents used to recreate the ‘The Missing Years’ story.
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