|Legislature in 1940|
Colwood I think has started an archives, but information about it is not really available online
The four archives are open for a cumulative 60 to 65 hours a week. The one museum that houses a municipal archives is open for 25 hours a week
- Esquimalt Archives are open three hours per weekday
- Saanich Archives are open four and a half hours per weekday
- Victoria Archives are open five hours a weekday according the website, but I seem to remember them being closed at lunch
- Oak Bay Archives are open for two and a half hours on Tuesdays and 2 hours on Thursdays
- View Royal Archives are only open by appointment
- The Sidney Museum Archives is open for five hours a day from Monday to Saturday
|Cigar factory on Government Street in 1885|
If all the archives were combined it would be possible to have a larger and better facility. It also be possible to have better staffing. Better facilities would also allow for better conservation and get more materials online. Right now the money being spent is not getting anyone value for money. Many of the archives only have one part time staff person. As recently as 2010 View Royal left it to volunteers.
|The sealing fleet in 1900|
Ideally I would like to see 100% of the holdings of the all the local archives put online. Right now only Saanich has any reasonable amount of stuff online. Without better full time resources this is not going to happen.