Albany History Collection on the move image

18 June 2018

The Albany History Collection will relocate to Vancouver Arts Centre next week.

Formerly housed in Albany Public Library, the history collection has temporarily occupied the renovated Albany Co-operative Society building on the corner of Frederick and Spencer streets since March 2017 while the new Visitor Centre was constructed.

Due to space restraints following the visitor centre’s construction, the history collection has been unable to return to the library and a new home for the collection was found.

“Vancouver Arts Centre has been chosen as a temporary home for the Albany History Collection and will be there for the next year,” Manager Precinct Paul Nielsen said.

“During this time a review of the history collection will be undertaken in conjunction with the Town Hall re-purposing project to determine the best permanent location.”

The Albany Regional Family History Society will join the history collection in moving to the arts centre.

Staff and collections will be unavailable for a week as the transition occurs, with the Albany History Collection closed from Friday, June 22 and reopening at Vancouver Arts Centre on Monday, July 2. Normal opening hours will then be Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.

“The Vancouver Arts Centre is an excellent fit for the history collection given the heritage building, as well as great synergies for the arts centre team and arts community who conduct research with the history collection to support various projects,” Mr Nielsen said.

There will be some temporary loss of exhibition spaces at Vancouver Arts Centre due to the history collection, and the City encourages artists to consult with staff to look at alternative City of Albany exhibition spaces.