George Phillips Exhibit Gallery

"A museum can be an important part of a healthy community, a place where people of all ages and origins can take short refuge and contemplate the incredible pace of change that we all must cope with these days."

George Phillips
Museum Mirror - Fraser-Fort George Regional Museum Newsletter
Vol.8 No. 2 & 3, October 1992


For those of you who didn't have the opportunity to know George Phillips, he was the Museum's Executive Director from 1992 - 2003.  It was George's exceptional vision that guided the Museum through its major expansion and rebranding in 2001.

George Phillips was a key figure in the history of the Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre.  His arrival as Executive Director in 1992 heralded the beginning of our transformation from a small, local history museum to the world-class, multidisciplinary organization we are today.  He believed passionately that the future of collecting institutions depended on their relevance to their communities; a relevance that was built one-on-one, beginning as early as possible.  He often said words to the effect that someone doesn't just wake up at 18 years old and decide to be an engineer; that an affinity for the arts and the sciences  grows over a lifetime of experiences.  Museums are one place where those experiences can originate.  Dedicating our temporary exhibit space to George is both to honour his memory and the impact he had on this Museum, as well as to imbed that philosophy of discovery and inspiration in the culture of our organization.  The George Phillips Exhibit Gallery will play host to traveling and in house exhibits, embracing a vast array of topics. It is a perfect legacy for a man who brought the world to our community by inviting us to look closely at our history while dreaming about our collective future.

The logo for the Repatriation Call to Action was created by Sarah Jim, an emerging artist of mixed ancestry and a member of the  nation from the Tseycum village. She holds a BFA from UVIC and conducts environmental restoration on her ancestral territory. Creating place-based artwork of her homelands and waters allows her to educate others about the importance of native plant food systems and coastal medicines in relation to the ecosystem and culture. Sarah explains the elements used in the logo; “The moon and stars are ubiquitous entities that hold so much meaning for many. A moon in transition symbolizes the act of repatriation; communities are becoming whole again by receiving what truly belongs to them. The surrounding plants represent good medicine for this phase in life and stars are meant to give good wishes and represent ancestors.”




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