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Vancouver Club Night - Setting Sail for a Bright Future: The Vancouver Maritime Museum
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Setting Sails for a New Course. The Vancouver Maritime Museum, 2018-2028. The Vancouver Maritime Museum, recently awarded Runner Up status in the category Best Local Museum by the readership of The Georgia Straight, has come a long way since its inception in 1959. One of a few larger museums in Vancouver, the VMM seeks to establish its own position in the city.

When: January 9, 2019
7 pm
Where: Scottish Cultural Centre
8886 Hudson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia 

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In his presentation, Executive Director dr. Joost Schokkenbroek will discuss the museum’s position, the current activities, but also the challenging ambitions for the near future. Some of the leading questions in his presentation – and potentially subsequent discussion – include: how can these future ambitions materialize? What factors are instrumental in creating this better and larger museum? And how do these ambitions relate to the current (or maybe even future) cultural landscape?


Dr. Joost C.A. Schokkenbroek holds a PhD in maritime history from Leiden University, The Netherlands. He began his museum career in 1988 at the Kendall Whaling Museum in Sharon, Massachusetts, USA. Between 1991-2017, Dr. Schokkenbroek has been affiliated with Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The Dutch National Maritime Museum) in Amsterdam as Chief Curator, and as Professor of Maritime History and Maritime Heritage at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Since July 2017, Schokkenbroek acts as Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Canada. Recently, in September 2018, he has been appointed Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver as well.

Schokkenbroek is past Secretary-General of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Zeegeschiedenis (Netherlands Association for Maritime History, 1992-1998), and past President (2008-2017).

Schokkenbroek has published on whaling history, the admiralties in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Dutch East and West India Companies, maritime art and artefacts, and on the maritime history between the Netherlands and the Baltic. Also, he has published on artefacts, museum collections and material culture in general and their importance as sources for historical research. 


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