Using the Museum Collection

Browsing the catalogue or conducting a search is the first step to researching and locating items in the Museum Collection. 

Artefacts in the Museum Collection are available for examination and research in person by appointment. Due to the fragile nature of historical materials and conservation considerations, certain artefacts may not always be accessible for research. However, other viewing options such as digital surrogates, artefact replicas or curator-led visits can be arranged. 

Photo identification must be presented and registration is required prior to accessing materials in the Archives, Museum and Holocaust Testimony collections. No food, drink, pens, or indelible pencils are permitted when accessing materials. Researchers may be required to wear non-latex or cotton gloves when handling artefacts or fragile documents. Paper and pencils are available on site. Researchers wishing to use digital cameras (or camera equipped mobile phones) are asked to consult the staff on duty prior to use. Digital copies of materials may be available. Collections staff will be available to answer research questions and to help users navigate the VHEC's cross-collection database.

Museum works are used to educate future generations about the Holocaust through exhibitions and school programs. Artefacts from the Museum Collection have been displayed as part of numerous VHEC-produced exhibitions and have been loaned to other cultural institutions for exhibition, including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York.  

Learn more about using archives in the classroom here: Museum in the Classroom.

Find more information about Planning a Research Visit and the Use and Licensing of materials in the VHEC Collection. 
 
 
HOW TO CITE MUSEUM WORKS

Museum works should be cited whether they are referenced directly or used as an illustration. The following are recommended citations for items in the VHEC Collections. These should be used with whichever style manual is being used (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago/Turbian) to ensure citations are formatted correctly. See the basic templates below for guidance: 

Title of museum work, date. Creator. (Object ID). Materials/techniques. Credit line. Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada. url/permalink 

Example: Abandoned rail siding, 1941. Robert Langstadt. (2012.008.001). Watercolour on paper. Courtesy of Gerry Waldston. Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Title of museum work, date. Creator. (Object ID). Materials/techniques. Credit line. Photo: Photographer. Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada. url/permalink 

Example: Handmade box from Canadian internment camp, 1941. [Unknown]. (2011.009.001). Cardboard covered in cotton denim. Courtesy of Gerry Waldston. Photo: Jessica Bushey. Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada. https://collections.vhec.org/Detail/objects/931