Radio-Canada is proud to announce that close to 40 000 pieces of furniture and accessories from its non-heritage inventory will be shared among The Salvation Army Thrift Store locations across Canada and contribute to the livelihood of people in need. The Salvation Army Thrift Store supports Canadian families and individuals in many circumstances committed to give them support to improve their lives.
Radio-Canada issued a call for interest for this inventory in April 2018, targeting educational and cultural Institutions, non-profit organizations with a social mission, and businesses specializing in second-hand goods and furnishings with the intention to give these items a second life. Close to 15 000 items were given to over a hundred cultural or educational institutions to serve again as props in theater or school productions. Finally, The Salvation Army Thrift Store won the call of interest among those with the capacity to take the remaining items consisting in all kinds of furnishings, household goods, dishware and other items in good condition to serve a worthy purpose.
Today, Radio-Canada is issuing a call for interest on Canadian museums that may be interested in preserving its collection of second-hand period furnishings and props that have been used in various Radio-Canada productions over the years. This non-heritage collection of some 500 second-hand period pieces mostly of the 20th century consists of television and radio sets, phones, typewriters, furnishings and props. Interested Canadian museums have until September 27, 2018, to express their interest by completing the call for interest form that is available now at Radio-Canada.ca/heritage. Radio-Canada reserves the right to donate the collection to one or more interested museums, considering any factor that it deems to be in its best interest and that of Canadians.
As announced earlier this Spring, the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City will preserve many of the heritage props and furnishings associated with memorable Radio-Canada programs to round out the collection of Radio-Canada heritage costumes already preserved at the museum.
In preparation for the move to the new MRC slated for 2020, the responsible management process for Radio-Canada’s collections and inventory of props and furnishings is being spearheaded by the Corporation’s Heritage Management Committee in consultation with Library and Archives Canada.