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City approves new museum collections management policy

City council has approved a new policy for managing the artifacts collected at the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre (LCSC).

These guidelines approved by council are meant to bring the LCSC Collections Management Policy in line with standards of the Canadian Museums Association, the Museums Association of Saskatchewan and the Alberta Museums Association.

The policy aims to highlight the city’s history by collecting, preserving, restoring and displaying certain items. This includes items relating to Barr Colonist from 1903, the evolution of Lloydminster agriculture, the discovery of oil and gas, the development of oil and gas industry and other things showing the uniqueness of life in Lloydminster.

The guidelines also mandate the museum to consider a number of factors in acquiring something for its collection. These range from the historical significance of an item, its physical condition, its cultural sensitivity and even copyrights and moral rights to have an item.

The policy also sets guidelines for the public accessing items in the museum’s collection. Outside of exhibits, the public may be granted access or knowledge about an item on a case by case basis. This may be limited based on risk to the item, the item’s physical condition, it’s location and other factors.

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