The Briefs are planned as a cumulative series of informal papers investigating the current state of heritage in Victoria.  Subjects range from summaries of Victoria’s environmental and geological history to an analysis of the meaning of heritage today as we face reconciliation with First Nations and other local minorities who have been left out, or side-lined, in Victoria’s story of itself.

Some 60 Briefs have been produced so far. You can access titles via the Table of Contents, or browse the collection below.


Brief 1 – Victoria’s Heritage: An Opportunity for the Development of Geolocational Digital Tour Guides
Contributors: Darren Delichte, Ken Johnson, M. Segger

Brief 3 – Analysis Of The UNESCO And Canadian Criteria For Historic Site Commemorations
Contributor: C. Cameron, M. Segger

Brief 4 – World Heritage Site Management
Contributor: M. Segger

Brief 5 – Terms of Reference for a Review of City of Victoria’s Heritage Management Policies and Programs
Contributors: S. Barber, M. Segger

Brief 6 – Historical Habitats Of The Victoria Region
Contributors: H. Roemer, D. Green, J. Sirois, A. Sesca, O. Sesca, P. Lambert, B. Peart, M. Segger

Brief 7 – First Nations Land Uses And Knowledge Systems Underpinning The Development Of The Victoria Landscape
Contributors: N. Turner, R. Turner, M. Segger, C. Elliott, G. Keddie, M. Layland R. Linzey, J. Lutz, C. Gower, B. Simonsen, F. Verspoore

Brief 8 – Metis Heritage In The Victoria Region
Contributors: F. Perkins, M. Segger

Brief 9 – A Black History Of Victoria
Contributors: M. Segger, P. Sachter, M. Q. Wong 

Brief 10 – Toward an Overall Interpretation Program for Camosack/Victoria as a World Heritage Cultural Landscape
Contributors: D. Mason, J. Hoffman, D. Franklin, S. Barber, K. Black

Brief 11 – Toward An Intangible Heritage Inventory Of Victoria
Contributors: M. Segger, C. Gower, J. Hoffman, D. Franklin

Brief 12 – Exploring the Heritage of Victoria’s Maritime Connections Through a Public Exhibition Programme
Contributors: R. Turner, M. Segger

Brief 13 – Case Study 1: Ruins Of The Wharf Street Hudsons Bay Company Warehouse: An Interpretation And Conservation Opportunity
Contributors: M. Segger, C. Gower, K. Johnson

Brief 14 – Victoria’s Military Heritage: An Overview And Inventory Of Commemorative Monuments
Contributors: D. Lovell, M. Segger, M. Heppell, P. Crober, J. Boutillier, C. MacLock

Brief 16 – Economics Of Heritage Conservation: Victoria’s Historic Urban Core
Contributors: M. Segger, C. Umland, R. McLeod, D. Chard

Brief 17 – World Heritage Criteria: Victoria And Canadian Precedents
Contributor: M. Segger

Brief 18a – Retaining The Heritage Character Of Old Town: The Old Town Design Guidelines
Contributor: C. Gower

Brief 18b – Protecting The Urban Form And Setting Of Old Town
Contributors: C. Gower, M. Segger

Brief 19 – Toward A Heritage Youth Engagement Program
Contributors: J. Iredale, L. Hung, N. Cordonier Gehring, B. Zuk

Brief 21 – Geological and Climate Risks to Victoria’s Heritage Infrastructure
Contributor: D. Chard, C. Gower, M. Segger, H. Yeganeh

Brief 22 – Geological History Of The Victoria Region
Contributors: G. Keddie, M. Segger, B. Simonsen

Brief 23 – Concept For A Film Project: Camosack/Victoria As A World Heritage Cultural Landscape
Contributors: D. Franklin, C. Brown, L. Hung, M. Segger

Brief 24 – A Jewel In The Crown: The Gorge Water Way As A Cultural Heritage
Contributor: M. Segger

Brief 25 – Victoria’s Performing Arts Heritage
Contributors: J. Hoffman, M. K. Humble, M. Segger

Brief 26 – Case Study 2: Victoria’s Rock Bay Remnants Of Industry
Contributors: C. Segger, M. Segger, C. Gower, M. Q. Wong

Brief 28 – A Climate History Of The Victoria Region
Contributors: M. Segger, K. Johnson, G. Keddie

Brief 29 – Victoria’s Public Arts Heritage
Contributors: M. Segger, J. Hoffman, G. W. Sneddon, N. Reddington, B. Zuk

Brief 30 – Proposal For A Public Collaborative To Create An Inclusive History And Community-Based Heritage For Victoria
Contributors: M. Segger, B. Kilpatrick, R. Moran, B. Hall, C. Elliot

Brief 31 – Authenticity, Identity, Heritage Values and Meaning in Victoria’s Community Narrative: An Evolution of International Charter Thinking
Contributors: A. Kerr, M. Segger, C. Gower, H. Kalman

Brief 32 – UNESCO World Heritage Site Inscription Nomination Form
Contributor: M. Segger

Brief 33 – The Significance Of Victoria’s Chinatown As A Cultural Heritage Landscape And A Site Of Conscience
Contributors: T. Mills, M. Segger, J. Adams, D. Mason, M. Q. Wong, G. W. Sneddon

Brief 38 – Glimpses of Women in Early Victoria
Contributors: M. Elliot

Brief 42 – A Multifaith Heritage
Contributor: M. Segger

Brief 43 – A Lost Minority: Hawaiians In Victoria
Contributors: M. Halleran, M. Segger, M. Elliot

Brief 45 – The Natural Environment Of The Victoria Region Supports Consideration For United Nations Biosphere Reserve Status
Contributor: J. Sirois

Brief 46 – World Heritage at 50 Looking Back, Looking Forward
Contributor: C. Cameron (Courtesy of Locale: The magazine of the National Trust for Canada *Digital Edition July 4, 2022)

Brief 47 – A Sketch Of Victoria’s Harbour Heritage
Contributor: D. Pendergast

Brief 48 – Victoria’s Residential Architectural Heritage
Contributor: H. Edwards

Brief 49 – Blankets To Pigments And Pieces Victoria’s Visual Arts Heritage
Contributors: M. Segger with H. Cecil, C. Riedel, A. Ross, Jan Ross, C. Vance

Brief 50 – Post Contact Historic Archaeology in Greater Victoria
Contributor: Tom Bown

Brief 51 – The Status of Submerged Cultural Heritage in the Victoria Region
Contributor: J. Marc

Brief 53 – History Of Heritage Conservation In Victoria
Contributors: D.Franklin, M. Segger

Brief 55 – Tell Me A Story
Contributors: G. Miller, M. Segger

Brief 56 – The Heritage of School Architecture in Greater Victoria
Contributor: D. Franklin

Brief 57 – Opportunities for Cultural Diplomacy
Contributor: M. Segger

Brief 58 – Guided By The Mountain
Contributor: C. C. Wherry

Brief 59 – Victoria’s Modernist Architectural Heritage
Contributors: M. Segger, H. Yeganeh


John Adams M.A.Historian, Author, Victoria Chinatown Museum group. Board Secretary, Chinatown Museum Society

Steve Barber, Senior Heritage Planner, City of Victoria (Retd.)

Kelly Black Ph.D., Executive Director, Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens

James Boutillier Ph.D., Naval Historian, Professor R.R.M.C.

Tom Bown B.Sc., RPBio (Retd)

David Chard, Principal Chard Development Ltd.

Christina Cameron Ph.D., Director General, Parks Canada National Historic Sites (Retd), Chair, UNESCO World Heritage Sites Committee.

Paul Crober Col (Retd) OMM, CD Military Historian

Darren Delichte, Partner, Executive Creative Director, DDC0

Charles Temosen Elliott D.F.A. (Hon.), O.B.C, R.C.A.A. Coast Salish Artist

Marie Elliott M.A., Historian

Douglas Franklin, M.A., Historian, Novelist

Nico Cordonier Gehring, High School Student

D’Arcy Green M.A., Senior Archaeologist. Golder and Associates

Christopher Gower M.A.I.B.C., L.E.E.D., M.C.I.P., R.P.P., Urban Design Planner

Michael Halleran B.A., Historian, Archivist (Retd)

Michael Heppell BGen (Retd) CStJ, CD, Military Historian

James Hoffman Ph.D., Theatre History Professor, TRU (Retd)

Meghan Kate Humble M.A., Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Parks Canada

Lucas Hung, Student, University of Victoria

Jennifer Iredale M.Sc., Historian, Curator, Heritage Professional

Ken Johnson Dip. C.R.M., Concrete Technologist, President, Victoria Hallmark Society

Harold Kalman Ph.D. O.C., Architectural Historian, Heritage Consultant, Adj. Prof. University of Victoria

Grant Keddie B.A., Archaeology Curator, Royal British Columbia Museum (Retd)

Alistair Kerr, M.A., Historian, Heritage Conservationist, Adj. Prof. University of Hong Kong.

Philip Lambert Ph.D., Biologist, Curator (Emerit.), Royal British Columbia Museum, President Victoria Natural History Society.

Donald Lovell Capt (Retd) CD. B. Arch. Architect (Retd) Military Historian

Colin MacLock B.F.A., Heritage Preservationist, Model Builder

Dave Mason B.A., Historian, Old Town Tour Guide

Regan McLeod, Asst. Production Coordinator, Front Street Pictures

Ted Mills B.A., Historian, Parks Canada (Retd)

Nichola Reddington B.A. M.A., Senior Cultural Planner, City of Victoria

Bob Peart M.Ed., Biologist, Educator, Nature Canada, board chair.

Denton Pendergast, Graphic Designer, Historian. Curator of the Victoria Harbour History, An Urban Memory Project, website

Fern Perkins M.Ed., Educator, Metis Education Enhancement Program, Metis Nation.

Hans Roemer, Naturalist, Elder: Friends of Ecological Reserves

Paul Sachter J.D., BC Black Awareness Society

Cara Segger M.A., Urban Geographer, Project Manager

Martin Segger, M.Phil. F.R.S.A., University of Victoria Emerit. Architectural Historian (Group co-ordinator, pro tem)

Adolf  Sesca, Biologist, Volunteer, Victoria Natural History Society

Oluna Sesca, Biologist, Volunteer, Victoria Natural History Society

Bjorn Simonsen M.A., B.C. Provincial Archaeologist and Director, BC Heritage Conservation Branch (Retd)

Jaques Sirois, Biologist, Warden Trial Island Ecological Reserve, Greater Victoria Naturehood, Nature Canada

Prof. Nancy Turner O.B.C., F.R.S.C., University of Victoria, Emeritus. ethno-botanist.

Robert Turner M.A., History Curator Royal British Columbia Museum (Retd), author

Catherine Umland, Executive Director, Victoria Civic Heritage Trust

Grace Wong Sneddon Ph.D., Cultural Historian, University of Victoria. Victoria Chinatown Museum Board.

May Q. Wong B.A., Historian, Author

Hamed Yeganeh B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, University of Victoria

William Zuk Ph.D., Professor, University of Victoria (Retd), Artist.

The ocean, with mountains and clouds in the background, is pictured on the cover page of Brief #45. Title: 'The Natural Environment of the Victoria Region Supports Consideration for United Nations Biosphere Reserve Status.'