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- British Columbia. Heritage Conservation Branch
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The Heritage Conservation Branch, now called the Heritage Branch, is responsible for the planning, development and management of heritage resources in British Columbia. Heritage resources include archaeological, historic, architectural and palaeontological sites.
Prior to 1977 responsibilities for heritage resources were divided between the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and the Ministry of Recreation and Conservation. The Ministry of Provincial Secretary administered the Archaeological and Historical Sites Protection Act and provided support services for the Archaeological Sites Advisory Board (ASAB). The Ministry of Recreation and Conservation, through its Historic Parks and Sites Division, Parks Branch, administered the planning and development of historic sites.
Established in 1977, the branch was initially under the Ministry of Recreation and Conservation, and then transferred in December 1978 to the newly reorganized Ministry of the Provincial Secretary and Government Services. Prior to June 1983, the branch also provided support services to the Provincial Heritage Advisory Board.
The Heritage Conservation Branch has fallen under government ministries, as follows:
Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Culture, 1988-07-06 to 1991-11-04;
Ministry of Tourism, 1991-11-05 to 1993-09-14;
Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture, 1993-09-15 to 2001-06-04;
Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services, 2001-06-05 to 2005-06-15;
Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts, 2005-06-16 to 2008-06-22;
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, 2008-06-23 to 2010-10-24;
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, 2010-10-25 to 2017-07-17;
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, 2017-07-18 to present (2018).
The Heritage Conservation Branch was renamed “Heritage Branch” effective 1995-08-01.
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The series consists of records which document the administrative and management functions of the Heritage Conservation Branch and its predecessor agencies. It consists of two sub-series: administrative records pertaining to a wide range of heritage resource management, and site records that pertain to the planning and development of specific sites.
The administrative files originate from the Heritage Conservation Branch and predecessor agencies of the Ministry of Recreation and Conservation and Ministry of Provincial Secretary. These records document policies, planning and management of heritage resources and some specific sites. The administrative files include correspondence, memos, agreements, reports, inventories, plans and various published materials. Several sets of records pertain to the advisory boards: Historic Sites Advisory Board (1972-1977), Archaeological Sites Advisory Board (1960-1977) and Heritage Advisory Board (1977-1983) as well as some records regarding the British Columbia Heritage Trust (1977-). Included in these records are minutes of meetings of the Historic Sites Advisory Board not available elsewhere.
The site files originate from the Heritage Conservation Branch, Administration and Development Division and its predecessor, Parks Branch, Historic Parks and Sites Division. They were accumulated during the years 1960 to 1983. They document the designation, planning and development of specific heritage sites in British Columbia. Heritage sites include buildings, settlements, artifacts, museums, points-of-interest, and heritage projects. The files are organized alphabetically primarily by the name of the site or project. Site files contain correspondence between the government and the public, inter-governmental correspondence, memos and agreements, reports and studies, published articles and newspaper clippings.
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MS-2009 - Margaret A. Ormsby (member of PHAB), 1975-1981
GR-1661 - Records of the Deputy Provincial Secretary, 1954-1981
GR-1658 - Minutes and reports of Heritage Sites Advisory boards, 1960-1982 (ASAB and PHAB records)
GR-1548 - Heritage Conservation Branch restoration project files 1977-1982
GR-2941 - Operational records 1978-1987 (British Columbia Heritage Trust)