The Britannia Mine Museum may be officially opening its new BOOM! show to the public on June 1, but the national historic site has been working on another addition to its displays.
On May 22 — during the Mining Association of British Columbia’s Mining Month — the province announced the Britannia Mine Museum will be receiving $300,000 for renovations, equipment and displays toward the Terra Lab. The new programming space will give elementary and high school students STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics about the life cycle of a modern mine. It should be ready for fall 2019 and open to the public next year.
“Mining is a foundational industry for communities in every region throughout British Columbia,” Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, said in a press release. “Ensuring young people learn about its history will no doubt inspire many to further build this industry’s future.”
The chair of the Britannia Mine Museum board, Leonie Tomlinson, said in a press release that the hands-on learning goes beyond the average classroom, and translates mining practices into modern day uses.