Burnaby’s History is Now at your Fingertips

September 13, 2015

By City of Burnaby |

The City of Burnaby’s award-winning Heritage Burnaby website just got even better. It now allows easier-than-ever access to more Burnaby records – photographs, artifacts, documents, council minutes and reports, bylaws, heritage landmarks, oral histories, digitized film footage and digitized publications and more – than ever before.

The website, first launched in 2008 as an initiative of the Community Heritage Commission and City Council, to provide an online finding aid of the City’s rich heritage collections, has been upgraded.

At the push of a button, students, teachers, researchers, city staff and members of the public can search many city repositories of the Office of the City Clerk, the City of Burnaby Archives, the Burnaby Village Museum and the Burnaby Heritage Planning Program.

The new site is designed to be mobile friendly and searches can begin on the homepage with a single word or phrase, which results in a list of relevant record descriptions. From there, visitors can refine their search results.

“Because of the new site’s sophisticated design and search functions, users can view recently digitized films from the Archives holdings such as, a 1946 film entitledInvestment in Youth, which was produced for the Burnaby School Board following World War II – or read digitized publications from the Burnaby Village Museum collection, including the popular community memoir Burnaby Pioneer Tales,” says Councillor Colleen Jordan, chair of Burnaby’s Community Heritage Commission. “In addition to these new features, visitors can find photographs of how Burnaby neighbourhoods looked years ago – maybe even find photos of their ancestors among the archives’ thousands of historic images.

“We are very excited about how this new website will enhance the accessibility of Burnaby’s historic records for all who have an interest in our City’s history.”

Visit the website at: heritageburnaby.ca. Detailed Help guides and a Help video, to assist with searches, can be found on the Research Page (click “Help”) or atheritageburnaby.ca/help.