With the New Westminster Anvil Centre in development, the city’s Museum and Archives (NWMA) had the great opportunity to take up residence in the new facility. The scope of the 5000 sq ft permanent exhibit, included the interior fit-out, cases and all exhibit elements. “Stump City, Royal City” is a permanent exhibit that tells the story of New Westminster, the first capital of British Columbia. With the curatorial direction of Museum staff, their chronological storyline was shaped into a compelling aesthetic experience for the visitor.

The story begins with the First Nations’ settlement and walks the visitor through the ups and downs of the developing city and its residents. The final room, left empty like a blank canvas for activities and rotating shows, allows the visitors to be part of New Westminster’s future.

Different pathways, for adults and children, offer unique ways they can circulate through and experience the space.

Over-scaled archival photography sets the rhythm of the timeline.

With so many archival images and artifacts, meticulous content management was crucial.

Clear production documents and specifications, and thorough contract administration through to completion.


New Westminster, BC




Completed with PUBLIC's Communication and Architecture teams // Photography by Ema Peters