Don’t miss these permanent exhibits at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site:
The Chinese Bunkhouse depicts the incredible stories of Chinese cannery workers. Be inspired by their remarkable courage in the face of hardship and discrimination. Interactive displays, rare photographs and short films bring the exhibit to life and provide visitors with a new perspective on life in Steveston in the early 20th century.
How We Lived explores the stories of work and play at Britannia between 1910 and 1930, in five buildings situated over the Fraser River: the Murchisons’ Visitors Centre, the Manager’s House, the Men’s Bunkhouse, the Point House and the Chinese Bunkhouse. Situated in a unique waterfront setting, this exhibit reveals the captivating stories and cultural diversity of the Britannia Shipyard, National Historic Site. Explore society and community, ethnicity and cultural diversity, and the all-round bustling interconnectedness of the local cannery and boatbuilding industries
Industry on the Waterfront examines the workings of the Britannia Heritage Shipyard and its role in British Columbia’s industrial heritage. The exhibit showcases the historical uses of the shipyard, carpentry shop, engine shop and machine shop that once served the fishing fleet of the Anglo British Columbia Packing Company. Each shop houses authentic machinery, tools, interpretive text and interactive demonstrations, which help recreate the different work areas and activities that took place. Stop to take a look at the partially restored M.V. Burnaby, built in 1930.
The Murakami House and Boatworks showcase the experience of Japanese Canadians in Steveston through the eyes of the Murakami family. Asayo and Otokichi Murakami moved their family into the Murakami House in 1929 and lived there with their 10 children until they were removed during the Japanese Internment in 1942.
The exhibits explore family life, and showcase the boatbuilding talents of Otokichi Murakami. Visitors can also enjoy a new film entitled “A Capture of Memories: The Murakami Family at Britannia.” This short film explores our sense of place and how young Japanese Canadians like Asayo Murakami’s great granddaughter Caitlin are continuing a legacy of strong ties to Steveston, not broken by the 1942 Japanese Internment and subsequent years of hardship. Viewers will be inspired to see that in spite of past injustices, we are moving forward to repair relationships and create a strong community with a bright future.
During the Richmond Maritime Festival there will also be live music inside the Murakami House at different moments throughout the day. In the Murakami Boatworks you can learn how to weave a Coracle as well as some of the interesting history of this single person vessel.