CFB SHILO — On a trip to England with her professor father, Kathleen Christensen knew at 14 years old that she was going to work in a museum of some kind when she grew up.
“I had always been interested in history and done stuff at Lower Fort Garry as a kid,” she said. “When I was in England we went to several museums and historic sites ... so I decided that was what I wanted to do was work in a museum.”
Christensen, who spent two decades working at industrial museums in Alberta and Ontario, came back to Manitoba in 2006 to take a curator position at the Royal Canadian Artillery Museum.
The steady hand, who is also president of the Association of Manitoba Museums, will take over from retiring director Marc George on an interim basis until
the position is filled permanently.
Christensen is also throwing her name in the ring for the permanent job, believing her time spent working side-by-side with George can create continuity at the museum.
“I expect it to be a competitive process and I’m certainly not taking anything for granted,” Christensen said. “It’s a great opportunity to manage and get that experience within the position itself.”
Part of the reason the process is expected to be so competitive is because of the museum itself.
Earlier this year, the RCA Museum was awarded the Category A designation, the highest level for a Canadian museum.
Of the more than 70 Canadian forces museums throughout the country, it is only one of four with the designation.
The classification means the museum is one of the most sought-after jobs in Canada.
Christensen believes it will help the RCA partner with national museums to further the status here in Shilo.
“We have the nation-wide accessibility and that is significant when it comes to our programs and your reach,” she said.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 2, 2014