New Museum of Surrey Digital Exhibit Has a Focus on Family
Discover Your Story: We Can Help! inspires Surrey families to create their own family trees.
Surrey, BC – Museum of Surrey has launched a new online exhibit as part of its Museum From Home initiative. Discover Your Story: We Can Help! features stories discovered by ancestry researchers to inspire Surrey families to create their own family trees.
Each object in the exhibit tells the story of a family, whether it be of immigration, work, war or simply everyday life. Items range from vintage toys and ship tickets to musical instruments. As part of the exhibit, online visitors can use the museum’s virtual selfie station to insert themselves into a vintage family dinner portrait.
The exhibit aims to inspire people of all ages to discover their own family lineage. Museum staff encourage people to share their findings on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #MuseumOfSurrey.
“With this exhibit, we hope people will be inspired to reach out to their family members to talk about their history,” said museum manager Lynn Saffery. “The timing of this exhibit works well. Maybe we can’t come together for intimate gatherings, but we can pick up the phone or have a video chat to learn more about our heritage.”
The exhibit is part of the museum’s Community Treasures series and is the result of a collaboration with Surrey Family History Centre, the BC Genealogical Society and Surrey Libraries—Family History.