Point Ellie House Museum hosts an exhibit on the story of water and waste management in early Victoria. Through images, stories, and artifacts—including a spectacular collection of chamber pots— Point Ellice House weaves a story of basic human needs, and the struggle that early Victoria had in keeping up with them. Visitors will encounter the rapid expansion of the city’s water works, from a few simple wells on the edge of town to the damming of Elk/Beaver Lake and its pipeline of swampy-smelling water to Victoria’s fashionable homes. The exhibition showcases night soil scavengers—tradesmen who made a living manually removing sewage from the city’s homes. Springs and Scavengers connects the personal with the political. Visitors will peek into the water closets of the O’Reilly family, and learn of their business interests in the privatization of the city’s water supply. Visitors will discover how in early Victoria, marginalized communities—Chinese, Indigenous and Black—were involved in waste and water matters, and how they were both denied basic amenities and criticized for the lack of them. Admission by appointment only!
When: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Point Ellice House Museum & Garden, 2616 Pleasant Street
Natasha van Netten’s haunting paintings of whales will be on display at the VEC from October 1st to November 30th! Paintings are for sale; see details on the Facebook Event for prices and photos. Van Netten says her paintings focus on oceanography, marine biology, and other scientific fields.
James Bay United Church and the Victoria Jazz Community continue to be partnered together during the COVID-19 closures to bring you personal interviews with Victoria’s finest musicians. We hear about their influencers and musical passions and gain some insight through the playlists that they select for us through the evening.
Royal BC Museum curator of entomology Dr. Joel Gibson will be joined by graduate student from the University of Berkley, Nina Pak to discuss entomology in the classroom, at the museum and on the beaches.
Diego Narvaez, who was awarded first prize in Mexico’s Landscape Painting Biennial Luis Nishizawa in 2017, will show his painting series, Behind Us, at Fortune Gallery in Victoria from October 3 – November 1, 2020.