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The Government of Canada is supporting the Peterborough Museum & Archives with a $97,330 grant from the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations.

The Government of Canada created the $500-million Emergency Support Fund as an additional temporary support measure for cultural, heritage and sports organizations that are experiencing significant financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of this amount, $53 million is going to the heritage sector through the Museums Assistance Program. The emergency fund helps affected organizations maintain their operations.

"The Government of Canada knows our cultural and heritage organizations are one of the many sectors facing financial hardships due to COVID-19. These organizations play a valuable role in our community preserving and exhibiting our history. To ensure they can keep staff on the payroll and continue their important work, the federal government has invested more than $200,000 here in Peterborough-Kawartha through our Museums Assistance Program to support the Peterborough Museum and Archives, the Canadian Canoe Museum, Hutchison House, and Trent Valley Archives through this difficult time." – Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha 

The Museums Assistance Program supports heritage institutions in an effort to preserve and exhibit heritage collections. It encourages the preservation of Indigenous cultural heritage and access to heritage collections for all Canadians. It also promotes the development of knowledge, skills and professional practices related to key museum functions. 

“Arts, Culture and Heritage provides an important pillar for our quality of life in Peterborough. It is very important to many lives and an important sector for employers looking to bring jobs here. Our museum, up on Armour Hill, is home to constantly changing displays and lessons in our history. Our museum is also home to Fleming curator students and camps for children. The additional federal funds are greatly appreciated.” – Councillor Lesley Parnell, Museum and Archives Advisory Committee member 

Although the Peterborough Museum & Archives closed to the public at the beginning of the pandemic is March, staff continued to work from home. During that time, research requests were managed, an exhibition that was intended to be installed became digitized, and plans were made for a re-open to the public at the beginning of July. The primary focus has continued to be public safety, with new procedures in place to help this cause - including an online appointment scheduling system that allows groups to plan their visit to the museum in advance, ensuring exclusive access to the exhibition spaces. Enhanced cleaning, physical barriers, and signage have also helped manage an open - and safe - museum experience. 

“The City is extremely grateful for the federal support of the Peterborough Museum and Archives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Museum and Archives is dedicated to ensuring the preservation of Peterborough’s movable heritage, including national cultural property. The Museum is able to continue the highest standard of care and conservation.” – Susan Neale, Museum Director at the PMA.