The series consists of administrative files and site files created by the Heritage Conservation Branch between 1963 and 2006. Different types of files may be mixed together, and multiple filing systems were used by the creator over time.
Administrative files document policy development relating to providing advice and information to the minister, local governments and other clients on legislation and conservation practices in order to enable effective conservation of heritage properties by the provincial government and communities. This included researching and providing advice on specific properties identified by the community as having heritage value.
Site files document the designation, planning and development of specific heritage sites. These sites include buildings, settlements, artifacts, museums, points-of-interest, and heritage projects. Records concern the administration, maintenance and operation of the sites, curator’s records, and the funding of and specific work carried out on the preservation and restoration of heritage sites.
Records include: correspondence, research and issue papers, studies, briefing notes, architectural plans and drawings, photographs, various published materials and saved reference materials (articles, newsletters, brochures), working papers, agreements, inventories, contracts for restoration work, invoices for work done, information for contractors and bidders, business plans and case analyses, progress reports, cost estimates, and legal documents regarding lease agreements and property transfers.
The series includes ca. 4200 photographs, in the form of 35mm colour slides and prints, of heritage buildings and sites throughout BC. These include images of the restoration of sites, including “before and after” photographs.
British Columbia. Heritage Conservation Branch