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Increased Funding For Western Development Museum To Expand Virtual Programming And Booking System

Released on December 1, 2021

The Government of Saskatchewan is providing additional funding to the Western Development Museum (WDM) to support virtual programming expansion.

"Like many institutions, the Western Development Museum had to make adjustments to their operations and programming due to the pandemic," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. "This has resulted in increased costs as they transition to a virtual environment for programming and move to an online booking system."

The WDM will receive an additional $50,000 for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The new funding will enable the museum staff to improve access and enhance customer experience.

In 2020, the museum purchased video equipment for filming and livestreaming events. To complement this, additional equipment will be purchased to allow greater flexibility for hosting events.

"We are very excited to be able to expand our virtual programming and share Saskatchewan's rich histories in more accessible ways," Western Development Museum CEO Joan Kanigan said. "We are grateful for the support being provided by the province. These virtual programs and exhibits will create new opportunities for people to engage with Saskatchewan's heritage and will expand upon the Museum's traditional exhibits and programs."

Museum staff will also be trained on effective techniques for developing and delivering virtual programming.

The new online booking system will be used for both virtual and in-museum programs. It will be used for both school and public program bookings and will allow staff and guests to create bookings, view available program times and program calendars.

The new system will send out automatic replies such as booking confirmations, links for livestream programs and participant reminder or update emails. Guests will also be able to pay online.

For more information on the Western Development Museum visit


For more information, contact:

Jamie Gibson
Parks, Culture and Sport
Phone: 306-527-8152

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