Museums are managers of consciousness. They give us an interpretation of history, of how to view the world and locate ourselves in it. They are, if you want to put it in positive terms, great educational institutions. If you want to put it in negative terms, they are propaganda machines. Hans Haacke
The village of Cumberland is nestled between ocean and mountains in the Comox Valley. With a population of 3400 it is the little town that does. Does what you ask? Does it have a viable bike shop? consignment store?, chocolate shop?,yes, yes, and yes and also a bookstore, unique coffee shops and a museum that has sensitively recorded the community’s history…. the good and the bad.
We spent a morning in the Cumberland Museum & Archives building, reading and exploring the different displays. There was the hospital and general store display,
the iron lung machine for TB patients,
well written reports on Chinatown and Japantown that had been established in the area in the late 19C, and early 20C,
posters on Wanted Men….note on why Joseph Naylor was wanted.
and most impressive was the descent into the basement and entering a replica coal mine.
WHEN COAL WAS KING
Cumberland Museum is well worth a visit when you explore up Island.
Cumberland Museum and Archives