About MCML

Canada’s Only Museum of Craft — Our Story

Dedicated to preserving the heritage, teaching the student, inspiring the artist, and promoting a way of life that values the handmade, the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library has its origins in the early years of the Crafts Guild of Manitoba. The Guild was formed in 1928 as a branch of the Canadian Handicrafts Guild, and in 1933 that group established both a Permanent Collection and Library. Over the years, volunteers worked to develop the collection, create exhibits, establish and deliver programming, and to care for the collection according to museum standards. The Guild also established, in the early 1930s, a library of craft publications and patterns for use in workshops and by craftspeople. The Library grew steadily over the years, and in 1948 was named the Gladys Chown Memorial Library in memory of a President of the Guild who died while in office. In the early 1990s volunteers worked to institute established library procedures and to develop the library into a more comprehensive resource. In 1997 the Crafts Guild of Manitoba closed its doors, but the two collections were kept together and are managed by the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, an independent organization.

MCML’s Guiding Principles

VISION: To inspire engagement with the art of craft MISSION: Providing resources and a meeting place connecting people to craft MANDATE: To collect, preserve and present historical and contemporary crafts within the cultural mosaic of Manitoba

Core Values

Respecting the handmade Fostering excellence Sharing knowledge Encouraging participation Ensuring transparency

MCML’s Board of Directors and Staff

  • Name Title
  • Heather Meiklejohn Co-President
  • Margaret Bertulli Co-President
  • Joanne Fontaine Secretary
  • Denise Yang Treasurer
  • Janet Napier Members at Large
  • Sheila Spence Members at Large
  • Marieke Gruwel  Members at Large
  • Patty Sauder  Members at Large
  • Katie Poole  Members at Large
  • Andrea Reichert Curator (staff)