The Oakville Museum will pursue an active research program to increase knowledge of its collections and historical themes.
The Oakville Museum will:
- Implement research to increase knowledge of the artifact collection and its significance, for the purposes of exhibit development, publication, educational and public program development;
- Increase knowledge and understanding of history of the Chisholm family, buildings and estate, and the commercial, industrial and social history of the Town of Oakville;
- Increase knowledge and understanding of best practice in the field of museology;
- Ensure that research activities meet the purpose of the Museum, as defined by the mission statement, and contribute to its aims and objectives;
- Ensure that the understanding of the collections is maximized and that the collections are properly interpreted;
- Demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of research by staff and outside researchers:
- establish priorities for research activities
- demonstrate a commitment to ethical behaviour in research (e.g. confidentiality of records, ownership of information)
- meet Town of Oakville, provincial and federal legislative requirements that have an impact on research activities and products (e.g. copyright legislation);
- Schedule time for staff to carry out the museum’s research program;
- Allocate a portion of its budget every year for research expenses, such as reference material, photocopying and staff travel;
- Provide a clean, well-lit, separate space for staff and external researchers to carry out research;
- Improve the expertise of staff in handling material in the collections, and therefore enhance the curation and conservation of the collections;
- Ensure that researchers who have access to the collection have training in handling artifacts.
The Museum Supervisor is responsible for the development of an on-going program of research appropriate to the requirements of the Museum.