Learn about Britannia

Whether you are looking to enhance your visit to the Museum, teach about issues related to mining and Britannia in your classroom, or are looking for resources for your own research, you will find a wide range of materials here.

The History of Britannia Mine

The Britannia Mine operated from 1904 to 1974 and was once one of the largest copper mines in the world.

Over 60,000 people from 50 countries lived and worked in this isolated mining community over the course of its life.

Its story also comes up to the present day with the environmental remediation campaign that has cleaned up the local waters, seeing salmon and trout visit the local creeks.

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Research at the Museum

In partnership with BC Archives and UBC Special Collections, our Curator of Education can help you access our collection for research and publications.

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Archived Collections

Although the mine is now closed, treasures keep turning up. We have around 7,000 different mining artefacts that provide a look at the mine and the life of its miners.

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