Heritage Study Guide for Schools

A heritage study guide for educators to engage young learners in Vancouver's diverse history and heritage places.

Project Goals

Since 2018, VHF has been collaborating with educators and students, in the classroom and with digital archives and resources, to develop an original Heritage Study Guide for Schools. VHF is working to increase students’ awareness and knowledge of local heritage places and history by providing learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. The first phase of the study guide will be the creation of an overall heritage study guide relating VHF’s online resources and projects for use in schools, with particular connections made for  Grades 4/5 Social Studies and Grades 9-11 Social Studies’s local history focus, tied to the BC Curriculum.

Providing an accessible means of exploring the connections of heritage and history in their local environment will encourage students and teachers to engage with Vancouver’s diverse heritage places, and contribute to meaningful discussions around their histories and future legacies. In gaining understanding and appreciation of the many people, places and events that have shaped the city, VHF hopes students and educators will also become active participants in the creation, archiving and sharing of knowledge around heritage places in Vancouver.

Photo credit: 1962 image from Kitchener Elementary of a boy making a presentation to the class (microphone in hand). VSB photographer. Vancouver School Board.


  • 2018: consultation, classroom visits, research and input
  • 2019: content creation of heritage study guide overview, with connections to VHF and heritage-related online resources that can be used in the classroom. Continued consultation and participation with VSB Archives Committee. School visits, participation in school open houses and professional development days.
  • 2019/2020: Launch of VHF’s Heritage Study Guide, pilot within schools and available online.
  • 2020: continued collaborations with school communities and lesson ideas and resources updates.

Email to Request a School Visit or Heritage Resources

Key Resources

VHF’s Places That Matter Community History Resource website

  • Places, People and Events nominated as part of 125 sites in Vancouver, with individual webpages, resources, images, city map and resources. These sites tell some of the many stories of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, communities and lesser-known heritage places. Submit a story about a place that matters to you.

VHF’s Heritage Site Finder Interactive Map

  • Explore over 2200 sites on the City of Vancouver’s Heritage Register, ranging from landscapes and monuments to residential, institutional and commercial buildings, with current and archival images and descriptions, and resources to learn more.

VHF’s Vancouver House Styles

  • An interactive website about the origins, form and era, and social context of house styles found in Vancouver neighbourhoods. Vancouver’s unique visual landscape reflects the mixing of old and current versions of early styles such as Coast Salish traditional forms or pioneer cottages, to mid-century buildings and post-Millennium construction.

Vancouver School Board Archives

  • A website with historical information and images on all VSB schools. Resources and information on how to establish and connect with your school’s archives for current use and future preservation of materials and stories.

Musqueam Teaching Kit and Teacher’s Resources website

  • The site includes information about Musqueam history, culture, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language, Musqueam stories, profiles of Musqueam people, videos, a Musqueam historic timeline, and other educational resources.

City of Vancouver Archives

  • Search the Archives’ holdings online for images, documents, maps and more, to discover more about the city’s history, a neighbourhood or search for a particular building.

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Supporting the Heritage Study Guide and VHF Schools Program

Thank you to our supporters! If you would like to support this program, email us.