Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Radio-Canada today announced the next steps to be taken, ahead of its move into the new Maison de Radio-Canada (MRC) in Montreal, to ensure the long-term preservation and presentation of the heritage artefacts and collections housed in the current MRC building. The Radio-Canada Heritage Management Committee has developed a call for interest process, to be implemented starting in January 2018. It seeks to identify partners who are willing and able to acquire, maintain and showcase some of the collections making up Radio-Canada’s heritage.
An initial call will be addressed to Canadian cultural or educational institutions interested in acquiring, at no charge, the Corporation’s collection of 113,000 commercial music scores, representing 46,000 titles. Interested institutions may respond to this call as of January 9, 2018, by completing a form to be made available at Radio-Canada.ca.
Further calls for interest will be issued during 2018 for non-heritage furniture, props, vinyl records, books and periodicals, in hopes that these items may be given a useful second life in another context. Radio-Canada will also take steps to retain usage rights, without time restrictions, for collections that remain in use for program purposes.
The call for interest process is part of the responsible heritage management approach favoured by Radio-Canada as it prepares for the move to the new MRC, slated for 2020.
HERITAGE WORTH PRESERVING
As it embarks on this new chapter in its Montreal history, Radio-Canada, in consultation with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), is making significant heritage preservation efforts to ensure a lasting legacy. Discussions are already underway with LAC regarding some 4,000 handwritten music scores housed at the existing MRC.
The Radio-Canada Heritage Management Committee is in the process of identifying heritage artefacts in the inventory of some 55,000 props, furniture and sets stored at the current MRC. Members of Radio-Canada programming teams have been relying on their expertise and memories to identify which artefacts may be regarded as having heritage value. The Committee will soon be calling on museums that may be interested in preserving this collection of heritage items, which forms part of the Corporation’s history.
The Committee is also continuing its study of in situ artworks (i.e., those integral to the current MRC’s structure) to evaluate which of them might be moved to the new facility. The other artworks will go into temporary storage during the move-in process and be gradually installed in the new MRC.