Barrie Hardcastle Bursary

Supporting financial administration and management training for staff and volunteers working in BC museums and cultural institutions.

Professional Development Bursaries

2024 Professional Development Bursaries have been allocated.

2025 Bursaries will be available in January 2025.

Questions about BCMA Bursaries? Email us.

The Bursary

The Hardcastle Bursary is awarded annually to enable staff and volunteers of our member institutions, or Individual Members currently employed at a museum, gallery or historic site, to participate in financial administration and management training. Up to $5,000 are awarded annually. Average awards range from $800 – $1,000.


Bursary applications are invited from BC Museums Association Institutional Members on behalf of staff or volunteers, or from Individual Members. There is no restriction on the training provider, but the proposed training opportunity must have a financial administration or management focus.

Consideration will be given to both credit and non-credit educational opportunities. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to tuition or registration fees, travel, and textbooks.


Applications are evaluated on the basis of:

  • Financial need of the institution or individual making the application;
  • Suitability and proven commitment of the individual(s) nominated; and,
  • Value for money of the training selected. Tuition and expenses for a credit course at a local college may be rated higher than an application for fees, travel, and accommodation for a three-day workshop in Vancouver, for example.


Explore select professional development opportunities:

Courses currently available from the Continuing Studies Program at the University of Victoria

Community Engagement and Social Change
Determining Significance of Heritage Resources
Intercultural Communication in the Workplace

Other select Professional Development opportunities for inspiration:


Do you know of other professional development opportunities that we could share here? Or do you have questions about this bursary and the eligibility criteria? Email us at

About Barrie Hardcastle

The late Barrie Hardcastle, a former director of the Nanaimo Centennial Museum, was an active supporter of the BC Museums Association and an energetic BCMA Councillor.

Barrie was very concerned that the financial and managerial aspects of museum and art gallery operations tended to be overlooked or taken for granted. He felt that improvements in these areas would assist the museums and art galleries of BC by improving everyday effectiveness and preparing them for the future.


Recent Bursary Recipients:

  • Fraser River Discovery Centre Society board and staff, 2024
  • Erika Anderson, Maritime Heritage Centre, 2024
  • Megan Houghton, Sidney Museum and Archives Society, 2023
  • Kaleigh-Ann Pickering, Kilby Heritage Society, 2023
  • Lori Kelly, Sto:lo Research & Resource Centre, 2023
  • Jenna Kiesman, Museum & Archives of Vernon, 2023
  • Petra Höller, Summerland Museum and Archives Society, 2023
  • Sdahl K’awaas, Lucy Bell, Haida Repatriation Committee, 2022
  • Marilyn Ramen, Gordon Smith Gallery, 2022
  • Tanya Nielsen, Quesnel Art Gallery, 2021
  • Sandra Borger, Museum of Surrey, 2021
  • Karen Lee, Fraser River Discovery Centre, 2021
  • Bronwen Bird, Gallery 2 – Grand Forks Art Gallery, 2021
  • Rebecca Hall, Fernie Museum, 2020
  • Alicia Hughes, Two Rivers Gallery, 2020
  • Barbara Laass, The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre, 2020
  • Julianna Weisgarber, Oliver and District Heritage Society, 2019
  • Kelly Brown, PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives, 2019
  • Maya Gauthier, Penticton Art Gallery, 2019
  • Erin Henshaw, The Robert Bateman Centre, 2017