Local History

Surrey Museum: History & Heritage Exhibit

Every city has its own history, heritage, and heroes. Let’s not forget the people who protect and promote the best of our past and present. Aside from covering major events, mainstream media doesn’t pay enough attention on people working in our museums, archives and community associations. I visited the Surrey museum and learned a lot about the connection between the City’s past, present, and future. I learned about the people who lived in this vibrant community in the past, and the interesting people who represent Surrey today.

When I accompanied Robert (Rob) McCullough, Surrey Museum Manager, into the exhibition area I expected to see a typical Museum room where every exhibit is put away under a thick piece of glass. I also expected to see an exhibit attractive only to school kids or history nerds. My presumptions were completely wrong. Speechless, breathless and amazed are probably the best ways to explain how I felt in the Museum exhibition hall.

In a 360 degree room you witness the City‘s history presented in a amazing display where every piece tells its own story, but also plays a role in the bigger picture. It was amazing to see First Nations culture and canoes, logging instruments, industry and crafts developments, beautiful pieces from the automobile industry and City Hall history.

Dig deeper into the room and you’ll dive into the old world within the pioneers’ homes. You’ll see an old kitchen, pioneer’s rooms, classic printing presses and celebratory editions of the Surrey Leader. The exhibits include information about the photography industry, music, the Cloverdale Rodeo and many other elements of life and culture in the City. Of great interest to me was the Faces of Surrey exhibit promoting the communities in Surrey as a part of the City’s vibrancy, growth and change over the last few years.

Lego: Myths and Muses

The feature exhibition at the Surrey Museum is Lego: Myths and Muses, in cooperation with the Vancouver Lego Club. The exhibit is dedicated to Myths and Muses of the old world representing some of the most interesting elements of the Mediterranean Basin; from ancient Egypt to Rome as the youngest period of the old world. Among those we can see Atlantis, Lighthouse of Alexandria and the magnificent statue of Neptune as the focal point of the presentation. This particular exhibition is presented so every piece can be explored individually, and also as a part of the historical stream. If you would like to learn more about our City, I recommend you take your young ones to see, enjoy and learn from this exhibition.

This exhibition will run until September 15th, 2012.

Currently admission to the museum is free for the public & generously sponsored by the Friends of the Surrey Museum & Archives Society through Endowment Fund income.

Esmir Milavic
Born in Bosnia, Esmir’s interests are in journalism, politics, communications, history, culture, sports, books and technology. He has contributed to some of the most innovative independent media projects to come out of Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the earliest members of Surrey604, Esmir now resides in Sarajevo working with Bosnian FACE TV.