Programs

Register for arts & heritage programs!

New Westminster including Anvil Centre, Irving House, and Samson V is home to a vibrant array of community and international programs, including: dance, music, theatrical performances, arts and crafts programs for all ages, artist talks, film screenings, gallery tours & openings and cultural festivals.

To see a full listing of our arts and heritage programs Click Here.

To register Click Here or call 604.527.4640.

    • THE HUMAN LIBRARY PARTICIPANT PROFILES

      Hear more about this incredible story and more on Saturday, October 13 from 1:00-3:00 pm. This program is free, but registration is required. Check out our Facebook event for more details.

      Royal Canadian Air Force and Navy: A Commitment to Serving Canada
      Larry Arkell

      Growing up in a town where everyone served their country, Larry joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was trained as a radar systems technician during the Cold War. He later served in the navy as a Flight Lieutenant with missions in the high arctic, Europe, and Mediterranean and has flown over the North Pole three times.

      A Sporting Afternoon: A Child Who Watched an Air Raid
      David Cordery

      David experienced the sole air raid on his city of Reading in England. He watched the drama unfold from a school window instead of hiding in the air raid shelter.  A single Luftwaffe plane bombed and machine-gunned the town, resulting in 41 deaths.

      Tube Stations and Gas Masks: A Child Evacuee
      Rita Eleiter

      As a child, Rita marched with her gas mask and knapsack to King’s Cross Station in London to take a train to the British Countryside as the war began in 1939. Find out about her first experience fishing, using indoor plumbing, and watching an enemy plane deploy two bombs the day after Coventry was bombed.

      Serving Aboard the HMCS Cayuga: The Korean War
      Ron Foyle

      Ron spent 5 years in the Canadian Navy, serving a 14 month tour in Korea aboard the Canadian Destroyer HMCS Cayuga. He was on the third trip of this ship which began towards the end of the shooting war, during the cease fire and up until the Truce was signed.

      Bletchley Park: Britain’s Best Kept Secret
      Eileen Glavin

      Eileen was called up by the Air Force at the age of 19 and placed into the Y-Service as a wireless operator intercepting messages from UBoats, planes, and even other countries. Eileen lived and worked just 10 minutes from Bletchley Park, the famous mansion where codebreakers worked to uncover enigma-encrypted communications.


      Royal Army Corps: An Independent Teenager in WWII
      Renee Henry

      At the age of 16, Renee decided to join the army; she told recruitment officers in Liverpool that she was 18 and was immediately recruited. Renee spent the next three years in the Royal Army Pay Corps and Royal Army Ordinance Corps and met her Canadian husband in London.

      A Lifetime of Work: Investigating War Crimes in Kosovo
      Brian Honeybourn

      Born and raised in New Westminster, Brian worked for the Vancouver Police Department working his way from the regular force to becoming a founding member of the BC Unsolved Homicide Unit. In 1999 Brian joined the United Nations and NATO as part of the invasion force into Kosovo where he worked with a nine-member team to investigate war crimes and exhume mass graves.

       

      On the Front Lines: Living in an Occupied Homeland
      Helmut Lemke

      Living under the Hitler dictatorship during World War Two, Helmut was forced to take part as a soldier fighting on the Russian front during the last year of the war. He experienced the humiliating and sometimes dangerous occupation of his homeland by different allied occupation forces, was expelled from his home farm, lived in different refugee camps, and fled from the Soviet occupation Zone to the British.

      Pretty Fireworks: A Child’s Perspective of War
      David Levy

      As a young toddler with no concept of war or fear of mortality, David pushed aside blackout curtains and watched air raids from a window of his home. While the adults around him feared the sound of flying bombs and collapsing buildings, David was fascinated by the beauty of the lights and tracers of anti-aircraft guns, and bursting barrage balloons against the night sky.

      Living Through Civil War: Black July in Sri Lanka
      Paula Ratnam

      Paula lived and worked in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, when the Sri Lankan Civil War began in July 1983. She experienced the atrocities of war during the riots of Black July and was forced to live in refugee camps. In 1985 Paula moved to Geneva, Switzerland with only a bag of clothes, and a year later was granted landed immigrant status in Canada with $500 in her pocket.

      Contact:   

      Michelle Taylor, Heritage Programmer 604-515-3829 or mtaylor@newwestcity.ca contacts for the Human Library participants are available upon request. 

    • CHildren's Programs

      LEGO Workshop: Age of Sail (Ages 5-8 & 9-12)

      In association with New Westminster Museum's feature exhibition, People Gotta Move, rediscover sailing and sailboats with Bricks4Kidz!  Make a splash with this 60-minute workshop where children will practice their STEM skills by building a motorized LEGO Technic model.

      Anvil Centre Room 411A      
      Saturday, September 22
      10:00 am - 11:00 am (5-8 years) Barcode # 12346
      11:00 am – 12:00 pm (9-12 years) Barcode # 12350
      Registration Fee: $15.00       


      LEGO Workshop: The Loco-motion (Ages 5-8 & 9-12)

      In association with New Westminster Museum's feature exhibition, People Gotta Move, reimagine trains and travel by rail!  In this 60-minute workshop, children will practice their STEM skills by building a motorized LEGO Technic model.
      Anvil Centre Room 411A
      Saturday, November 10
      10:00 am - 11:00 am (5-8 years) Barcode # 12356
      11:00 am – 12:00 pm (9-12 years) Barcode # 12359
      Registration Fee: $15.00        


      Adult Programs

      From K de K to Q to Q (16+ years)
      Join our archivist Barry Dykes as he discusses the different ways of getting people across the Fraser River from the introduction of the first steam ferry, the “K de K”, to the recent introduction of the ferry travelling from the New Westminster Quay to Queensborough. 

      Anvil Centre Room 417
      Saturday, September 29
      11:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Registration Required: By Donation 
      Barcode # 12235


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – People Gotta Move (16+ years)

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, People Gotta Move, discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of your community. With all the congestion of a metropolis, can we limit vehicles to bikes, trolleys and horse-carriages? Is 'modern' really just another word for 'chaos' when it comes to big-city traffic?
      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre  
      Wednesday, October 17 
      6:00-7:30 pm
      Drop-in Fee: Free

    • Our curriculum-based school programs with hands-on learning are designed to engage and inspire your students. Programs are presented by staff and trained volunteer docents in Irving House and the Museum and Archives.

      School Bookings Require:
      • Advance booking is required, please call or email us
      • Payment (VISA, MC, Cash, Cheque) is required at booking
      • Advance notice of student special needs helps us serve you better
      • Cancellations require 5 business days' notice for refunds. Cancellations made thereafter will not be refunded

    • LEGO Workshop: Age of Sail (Ages 5-8 & 9-12)

      In association with New Westminster Museum's feature exhibition, People Gotta Move, rediscover sailing and sailboats with Bricks4Kidz!  Make a splash with this 60-minute workshop where children will practice their STEM skills by building a motorized LEGO Technic model.

      Anvil Centre Room 411A      
      Saturday, September 22
      10:00 am - 11:00 am (5-8 years) 
      Barcode # 12346

      11:00 am – 12:00 pm (9-12 years) 
      Barcode # 12350

      Registration Fee: $15.00       


      LEGO Workshop: The Loco-motion (Ages 5-8 & 9-12)
      In association with New Westminster Museum's feature exhibition, People Gotta Move, reimagine trains and travel by rail!  In this 60-minute workshop, children will practice their STEM skills by building a motorized LEGO Technic model.

      Anvil Centre Room 411A    
      Saturday, November 17
      10:00 am - 11:00 am (5-8 years) 
      Barcode # 12356

      11:00 am – 12:00 pm (9-12 years) 
      Barcode # 12359

      Registration Fee: $15.00        


      Night at the Museum (7 - 9 & 10-12 years)

      Dare to explore the museum by flashlight, listen to some spooky stories about New Westminster and make a creepy craft to take home! Then gaze into the future for some old-time Halloween fortune-telling games.

      Anvil Centre 
      Wed, Oct 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm  
      Room 311  (7-9 years)  Barcode # 12183
      Room 413B  (10-12 years)  Barcode # 12443
      Registration Fee: $13.25 


      Spooky Specters and Museum Mischief (8 - 12 years)

      Discover the world of optical illusions. Become a spectral hunter and explore the photographs in the Museum’s gallery to understand the secrets behind the ghostly images and create your own haunted pictures. Use optical illusions to create spooky crafts and learn about New Westminster’s own optical illusionist, Mandrake the Magician.

      Anvil Centre Room 311 
      Tue, Oct. 30, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      Registration Fee: $13.25 
      Barcode # 12204


      Printmaking Fun (6 - 10 years)

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition Getting the Word Out: Printing in New Westminster, explore the fun art of printmaking from potato stamps to metal printer’s blocks. Visit our feature exhibition and learn about the process through historical photographs and artefacts, then make a sheet of gift wrap, try your hand at block prints and create a printing stamp card to take home.

      Anvil Centre Room 411A
      Sat, Nov 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Registration Fee: $15.25 

      Barcode # 12216 

    • Traditional Hand Sewing for Adults (16+ years)

      Before the 1800s, women spent many hours sewing clothes for themselves and their families by hand. Learn how to sew basic stitches and create hand-made projects like a zippered bag, an apron, and a no-slip dish towel. Each week we will look at hand-sewn artefacts from the Museum’s collections. All supplies included.

      Irving House, 302 Royal Ave
      Sat, Sept. 29-Oct. 27, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
      Registration Fee: $105.00  
      Barcode# 12342


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – Be/Longing (16+ years)

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Be/Longing, discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of your community. Do you have a sense of belonging? How does home and belonging play a role in the well-being of individuals and our society? Participants are encouraged to visit the exhibition before the café begins.
      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre  
      Wed, Sept 19, 6:00-7:30 pm
      Drop-in Fee: Free


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – People Gotta Move (16+ years)

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, People Gotta Move, discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of your community. With all the congestion of a metropolis, can we limit vehicles to bikes, trolleys and horse-carriages? Is 'modern' really just another word for 'chaos' when it comes to big-city traffic? Participants are encouraged to visit the exhibition before the café begins.
      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre 
      Wed, Oct 17, 6:00-7:30 pm
      Drop-in Fee: Free


      SFU Philosopher’s Café – Hot off the Press (16+ years)

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, Getting the Word Out: Printing in New Westminster, discuss relevant philosophical issues with members of your community. The printed word has long-held a powerful authority and transformative potential around the world. How do you view the power of print and where do you see it headed? Participants are encouraged to visit the exhibition before the café begins.
      Moderator: Valerie Malla

      New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre 
      Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 pm
      November 21
      Drop-in Fee: Free


      From K de K to Q to Q (16+ years)

      In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition, People Gotta Move, join our archivist Barry Dykes as he discusses the different ways of getting people across the Fraser River from the introduction of the first steam ferry, the “K de K”, to the recent introduction of the ferry travelling from the New Westminster Quay to Queensborough. 

      Anvil Centre Room 417
      Sat, Sept 29, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Registration Required: By Donation 
      Barcode # 12235


      Pure & Simple Soap Making (16+ years)

      Have you ever wanted to learn how to make soap the old fashioned way? Learn the basics of cold process soap and the fascinating history of how soap was discovered. Explore different ingredients, methods and techniques used to create exciting soaps. Learn to trouble-shoot, package and decorate your soaps. Make a long lasting herbal floral soap and a batch of citrus explosion. All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 413B 
      Wed, Oct. 17, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Registration fee: $41.25 
      Barcode # 13177


      Stuff Museums Never Told You (16+ years)

      Join us to hear some of the strange New Westminster history we’ve uncovered at the museum.  From the fearmongering and epidemics to old-time theatre and exhibition shenanigans, our volunteer historians highlight the outtakes from yesteryear. 

      Anvil Centre Room 417     
      Sat, Nov. 3, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Registration Required: By Donation 
      Barcode # 12227


      Lest We Forget: The Cenotaph Project (19+ years)

      Join our archivist Barry Dykes as he explains the history of the New Westminster War Memorial and shares with you the archives’ on-going research into the names and lives of those commemorated on it. He will also explain how you can help with the project. Non-Legion members welcome.

      Royal Canadian Legion, 631 Sixth St.  
      Sat, Nov. 3, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
      Registration Required: FREE 
      Barcode # 12233


      Victorian Book Club (18+ years)

      Discuss Victorian (and Edwardian) literature and culture as you sip tea in the luxurious 1865 Irving House. We will read literary works by the Brontës, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark Twain and many others. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people and get involved in your community! The book club meets on a Saturday afternoon every two months.

      Irving House 
      Saturdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      Please call for dates and more information
      Admission by Donation

      Drop-In Fee: By Donation

    • Homes, Hangouts and Hidden History: A Walking Tour of Twelfth Street (all ages)

      Join the West End’s knowledgeable walker Mary Wilson and New Westminster Museum Curator, Oana Capota, in a walk down Twelfth Street and side streets, exploring the idea of home and transportation in the neighbourhood. Learn about the street’s secrets, with its long-gone orphanage, homes, trams, its hidden graffiti and sidewalk history, and a shocking story from the 1950s.  This walk is part of the Museum’s exhibits Be/Longing and People Gotta Move.

      Meet at 12th St. & 10th Ave. (NW corner)
      Saturday August 18
      10:00 am – 12 noon
      Registration Fee: By Donation   
      Barcode# 7505

    • Family Friday Drop-In (all ages)

      Every Friday afternoon this summer, families can enjoy fun crafts and games for all ages in New Westminster’s heritage spaces. In July, learn about the work Samson V did on the Fraser River and explore the last surviving wooden steam-powered sternwheeler. In August, join us at Irving House to explore Victorian life in the oldest intact house in the lower mainland.

      Samson V & Irving House
      Samson V - July
      Irving House - August
      Friday, 12:30 - 3:00 pm
      Drop-in Fee: By Donation


      Fraser River Frights (All Ages)  

      Climb aboard the Samson V ghost ship. Join the crew for an afternoon of ghost stories and spooky nautical crafts and embark on an eerie scavenger hunt. Discover all the mysteries aboard!

      Samson V
      Sat, Oct. 27, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
      Drop-in Fee:  By Donation 


      The Poppy Project (All Ages)
      In association with the Poppy Project, make and embellish a poppy using the wet-felting technique. Your poppy will be included in their ever-growing Poppy Blanket, to be displayed at Remembrance Day. All materials included.

      Anvil Centre Room 417
      Sat, Oct 13, 1:00-3:00 pm
      Drop-in Fee:  Free 
      Barcode # 12289


      The Human Library: Home & Conflict (10+ years)

      For most, home is more than a place to sleep and eat; it is also safety, security and identity.  Most Canadians have grown up knowing a safe and worry-free life but many have also experienced conflict and injustice in the places they come from or in the work that they do.  Join them for a cup of tea and 20 minute conversation as they share their differing experiences of conflict. Presented in conjunction with The Memory Project. Registration required.

      Anvil Centre Room 411A 
      Sat, Oct. 13, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
      Registration Required: Free 
      Barcode # 12366


      Cemetery Tour: Halloween Edition (10+ years)

      Join Archie Miller of A Sense of History Research Services to hear tales with a bit of mystery, a touch of mayhem, and even a case or two of murder. While walking through the cemetery by lantern, some ghosts may even appear to help the stories come to life!

      Fraser Cemetery 
      Tue & Wed, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
      October 30  Barcode # 12292
      October 31  Barcode # 12294
      Registration Fee: $15.00  

    • Guided group tours can be booked for New Westminster Museum at Anvil Centre, Irving House, or Samson V on weekdays for $50.00 (1-15 people) and $100.00 (maximum of 25 people). Call 604.527.4640 or e-mail museum@newwestcity.ca for more information.
    • Night at the Museum (7 - 9 & 10-12 years)

      Dare to explore the museum by flashlight, listen to some spooky stories about New Westminster and make a creepy craft to take home! Then gaze into the future for some old-time Halloween fortune-telling games.

      Anvil Centre 
      Wed, Oct 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm  
      Room 311  (7-9 years)  Barcode # 12183
      Room 413B  (10-12 years)  Barcode # 12443
      Registration Fee: $13.25 


      Spooky Specters and Museum Mischief (8 - 12 years)

      Discover the world of optical illusions. Become a spectral hunter and explore the photographs in the Museum’s gallery to understand the secrets behind the ghostly images and create your own haunted pictures. Use optical illusions to create spooky crafts and learn about New Westminster’s own optical illusionist, Mandrake the Magician.

      Anvil Centre Room 311 
      Tue, Oct. 30, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      Registration Fee: $13.25  
      Barcode # 12204


      Fraser River Frights (All Ages)  

      Climb aboard the Samson V ghost ship. Join the crew for an afternoon of ghost stories and spooky nautical crafts and embark on an eerie scavenger hunt. Discover all the mysteries aboard!

      Samson V
      Sat, Oct. 27, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
      Drop-in Fee:  By Donation  


      Cemetery Tour: Halloween Edition (10+ years)

      Join Archie Miller of A Sense of History Research Services to hear tales with a bit of mystery, a touch of mayhem, and even a case or two of murder. While walking through the cemetery by lantern, some ghosts may even appear to help the stories come to life!

      Fraser Cemetery
      Tue & Wed, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
      October 30  Barcode # 12292
      October 31  Barcode # 12294
      Registration Fee: $15.00  

    • Seasonal Handmade Skincare (16+ years)

      Stuffing stockings at Christmas is an old tradition. Children were encouraged to place their boots outside the door on Christmas Eve to receive gifts. Keep the tradition alive by making your own stocking stuffers including mineral-based body powder, papaya sugar scrub, an exotic body oil, and an aromatherapy roll-on. Also receive recipes on body sprays and tub treats! All supplies included.

      Anvil Centre Room 413A
      Wed, Dec. 5, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Registration fee: $47.00 
      Barcode #13181


      Traditional Hand-Sewn Christmas Ornaments (11-14 years)

      Before the turn of the 20th century, Christmas ornaments were handmade. Learn how to sew basic stitches to create your own beautiful ornaments made out of felt for the holiday season! All supplies included.

      Irving House, 302 Royal Ave  
      Sat, Dec. 8, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
      Registration Fee $25.00 
      Barcode # 12649


      Christmas Cheer at Irving House (All Ages)

      Travel back in time to the days of holly, ivy and old St. Nicholas! Irving House is decked out in Victorian Christmas splendour for the holiday season. Enjoy live Christmas music with a variety of performers in our parlour and make a small decoration for one of the Irving House Christmas trees.

      Irving House 
      Sat & Sun, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
      December 8, 9, 15 & 16
      Drop-in Fee:  By Donation


      Victorian Christmas Tea (All Ages)

      Get in the holiday spirit by treating yourself to Victorian tea in the Grandmother’s Room at Irving House. Surrounded by the splendour of a Victorian Christmas, you will be served tea and traditional holiday treats. Musical entertainment will complete an afternoon of relaxation and holiday cheer. Each seating can accommodate six guests; individuals can sign up for the 3:00 pm sittings on Saturdays.

      Irving House 
      Saturday, December 8
      12:00 pm  12631
      1:00 pm   12632
      2:00 pm   12633

      Sunday, December 9
      12:00 pm   12634
      1:00 pm     12635
      2:00 pm    12636
      3:00 pm    12637

      Saturday, December 15
      12:00 pm    12638
      1:00 pm    12639
      2:00 pm    12640

      Sunday, December 16
      12:00 pm    12641
      1:00 pm    12642
      2:00 pm    12643
      3:00 pm    12645
      Registration Fee: $120.00 for six people

      Individual registration:
      Saturday, December 8

      3:00 pm   12646
      Saturday, December 15
      3:00 pm   12647
      Registration Fee: $20.00 per person