Our Conferences

45th Annual CAC Conference and Workshops

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dalhousie University

May 28 – June 1, 2019

Come join us in “Canada’s Ocean Playground” at our 45th Annual Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference will run May 30 to June 1, 2019 at Dalhousie University in the heart of downtown Halifax.

Nova Scotia ‘s varied cultural background makes for a unique setting where the influences and traditions of the Mi’kmaq, Acadian, African Nova Scotia and Gaelic are prevalent. Though the province is one of the smallest in Canada, it boasts 5 UNESCO sites, 3 Word Heritage Sites, 13 National Historic sites attractions and 28 provincial museums and interpretive centres.  

Halifax is a beautiful port city situated on the North Atlantic Ocean. The downtown waterfront boardwalk – one of longest boardwalks in the world- offers stunning views mixed with hundred of shops, restaurants and boutique shopping.

This year presentations and posters focus on all aspects of conservation relating to but not restricted to, artifacts, works of art, natural history specimens, archival materials, monuments, and conservation science. Papers with connections to the local and surrounding areas of Nova Scotia will also be included

Questions? Please direct all questions about the conference to conference@cac-accr.ca.

For more about Halifax, visit the official Halifax tourism site: https://discoverhalifaxns.com/

Halifax Information

DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES – RISLEY HALL

1233 LeMarchant Street, Halifax, NS

Monday, May 27 through to Saturday, June 1, 2019

60 Single Room Block Reservation

Regular rate per night: $45.50 + tax

Student rate per night: $30.00 + tax

To make a reservation visit:  stay.dal.ca.

Use the promo code: CAC19 to book accommodations in the conference block.

Students must present a valid student ID upon arrival in order to receive the discounted student rate.

If you require any assistance, please contact us by phone: 1 (888) 271-9222 or by email at: stay@dal.ca.

How to get to Dalhousie University Risley Hall: https://www.dal.ca/campus_life/residence_housing/residence/halifax-campus/getting-here-halifax.html

Campus Map: https://www.dal.ca/campus-maps/maps.html

ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATIONS (20 minute or less walk to Dalhousie University)

Hi Halifax, Heritage House

Atlantica Hotel Halifax

Garden South Park Inn

Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

Worthing Place Botique Hotel & Suites

BREAKS & LUNCHES

Coffee breaks will be catered each day and the 90-minute lunch break will give delegates time to explore the area.

Registration

Registration Opens March 1, 2019!

CONFERENCE RATES

Early Bird

(until April 7, 2019)

Regular

(after April 7, 2019)

One Day
Member $300 $350 $175
Non-Member $390 $440 $225
Student $125 $160 $75

 

WORKSHOP RATES
Gellan Gum Indigo Dye
Member $300 $200
Non-Member $390 $290
Student $175 $125

Note: As places are limited for the workshops and some of the conference activities, we strongly recommend using the online form, which gives you the best change to reserve a place.  Payments can be made by cheque or credit card.  Payments by cheque must be received within 10 days of registration.

Conference Program

2019 PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

Thursday, May 30, 2019 – Day 1

Dalhousie University, Scotiabank Auditorium, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building

6135 University Ave, Halifax, NS B3H 4P9

Time
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome & Introductions
9:00 – 9:45

Per Guldbeck Memorial Lecture

TBA

9:50 – 10:20 BREAK

SESSION 1 – Highlights of Nova Scotia 

Session Chair – TBA

10:25 – 10:45

A Series of Unfortunate Events, Now a Race Against Time – Saving Leduc’s Murals

Michelle Gallinger

10:50 – 11:10

Home in Nova Scotia

Ann Shaftel

11:15 – 11:35

The Salzinnes antiphonal project continued: treatment and exhibition of a 16th century liturgical manuscript

Christine McNair

11:40 – 11:45 Q & A
11:50 – 13:20

LUNCH

CAC-ACCR Regional Rep Meeting

SESSION 2 – Paper Conservation

Session Chair –  TBA

13:30 – 13:50

For the Birds: Revisiting Backing Removal with the Audubon Collection at Library and Archives Canada

Laura Hashimoto

13:55 – 14:15

Unconventional Uses of Conventional Treatments: Three Case Studies in Paper Conservation

Kyla Ubbink

14:20 – 14:40

Fragments of Frankliniana: The Conservation of Arctic Exploration-Related Paper

Amanda Gould

14:45 – 14:50 Q & A
14:55 – 15:10 BREAK
15:10 – 17:30

Tours

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia                                                  Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic                                       Government House of Nova Scotia

19:00 – 21:00

Conference Post-Dinner Reception

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Rudolph P. Bratty Hall

Friday, May 31, 2019 – Day 2
Time
8:30 – 8:45 Registration
8:50 – 8:55 Morning announcements

Session 3 – Object Conservation 

Session Chair – TBA

9:00 – 9:20

Modelling Nature: The Evolution of the Making of the Blaschka Glass Flowers and its Impact on their Conservation

Scott Fulton

9:25 – 9:45

No Easy Tusk: Reversal of Preparation Work, and Re-treatment of Unstable Mammoth Tusks at the Royal Alberta Museum

Gigi Kulis & Susan Green

9:50 – 10:10

Industrial Conservation at Parks Canada: Approaches to the preservation of Canada’s industrial history

Antoine Pelletier & Megan O’Connor

10:15 – 10:20 Q & A
10:25 – 10:55 BREAK

Session 4 –  Object Conservation Continued

Session Chair – TBA

11:00 – 11:20

The Mysterious M1: Reflections of the Treatment of a Mi’kmaq Basket

Anne MacKay

11:25 – 11:45

Conservation of the Mayo Lodge No 3 Yukon Order of the Pioneers silk banner

Gail Niinimaa

11:50 – 12:10

Preserving the Beauty of the Beasts: Conservation of Taxidermy Ornithology and Mammalogy Specimens at the Royal Alberta Museum

Gigi Kulis

12:15 -12:20 Q & A
12:25 -14:10

LUNCH

CAPC General Meeting

Session 5 –  Short Papers (5 Minutes) 

Session Chair – TBA

14:15 – 14: 45

Unlocking the Potential in La Doll Clay as the New Filler Material for Ceramics

Sally Gunhee Kim

Accumulative Patinas on Yaka, Teke and Bidjogo Ritual Figures: Material Analysis and Ethical Considerations

Charlotte Parent

Securing a Seat for the Prince of Wales: Minimally Intrusive Repairs to the Structural Upholstery of a Bespoke Jacques & Hay Chair

Amanda Salmon

Thataway Again, an Evaluation of an Anti-Graffiti Coating for Outdoor Painted Steel Sculpture

Carolyn Savage

Coating with Integrity: The Effectiveness of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy in Measuring Coating Failure Caused by Variable Environmental Applications

Carina Profir

Mounting the Insurmountable: A Non-adhesive Method for Mounting and Framing Unconventional Books

Laura Fedynyszyn

14:50 – 14:55 Q & A
15:00 – 15:30 BREAK
15:35 – 17:35 CAC-ACCR Annual General Meeting
18:30 – 22:00

Banquet

The Garrison Room, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Day 3
Time
8:30 – 8:45 Registration
8:50 – 8:55 Morning announcements

Session 6 –  Caring for Collections

Session Chair – TBA

9:00 – 9:20

Insights from the 2018 Canadian Collections Care Survey

Gyllian Porteous & Sophia Zweifel

9:25 – 9:45

Revisions to the ASHRAE chapter and the CCI web pages on climate control specifications for 2019

Stefan Michalski

9:50 – 10:10

Energy Management of Heritage Facilities

Eric Hagan

10:15 – 10:20 Q & A
10:25 – 10:55 BREAK

Session 7 –  Collections Care in Action

Session Chair – TBA

11:00 – 11:20

“You Wanna Put What in the Gallery?!”: Displaying Live Hide Beetles (D. maculatus) at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Victoria Kablys

11:25 – 11:45

Better Safe that Sorry: Creating a Hazardous Materials Manual for Museum of Vancouver

Fiona Hernandez & Hayley Monroe

11:50 – 12:10

We Like to Move It, Move It: creating successes in a challenging collections move

Erin Secord & Erika Range

12:15 -12:20 Q & A
12:25 -14:10

LUNCH

CAC Advocacy Toolkit Brown Bag Session

Session 8 – Collections Care in Action Continued

Session Chair – TBA

14:15 – 14:35

Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor: A discussion on the Use and Development of Effective Rubrics for Heritage Collections

Mikaela Marchuck

14:40 – 15:00

Beyond the Code: Ethics and private practice conservation

Kyla Ubbink

15:05 – 15:10 Q & A
15:15 – 15:30 Closing remarks

 

Workshops

GELLAN GUM:  THEORY AND APPLICATIONS

Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29, 2018 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (each day)

Location: TBC

Limit of 16 participants

In the past several years the use of rigid polysaccharide gels as a means for moisture control and as a method for delivery of aqueous chemistry has increased in paper conservation, and is expanding to other porous materials. Building on work by paper conservators at the ICPAL in Rome, gellan gum represents one such tool.  The chemistry, material properties and theory of gel use will be augmented by case studies showing various aspects of the gel in action. After providing this theoretical grounding, the majority of the workshop will be spent exploring hands-on application. Participants will be encouraged to bring didactic samples for experimentation. The two-day workshop will explore:

  • Gel preparation:
    • The effects of variations of concentrations and film thicknesses for both the standard low-acyl gellan and the combined low- and high-acyl gellan gum
    • Methods for adding various reagents to the gels (chelators, enzymes, reducing agents and deacidification agents)
  • Treatment applications:
    • Overall washing of paper-based objects
    • Local applications for controlled wetting (e.g. paper backing removals, removal of book spine linings, removal of paper labels off paintings or other artifacts)
    • Localized tideline or stain-reducing techniques
    • More complex washing treatments: paper objects with sensitive media, textiles, photographs, three-dimensional artifacts etc.
    • Gel delivery of aqueous reagents

Though taught from the perspective of paper conservators, and building largely on case studies of the treatment of paper artifacts, participants from other conservation disciplines who are interested in controlled aqueous treatments are also welcome to attend.

Instructor Biographies:

Crystal Maitland joined the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) in 2015 as their Works of Art on Paper Conservator, having returned to Canada after a seven-year stint as the Paper Conservator for the Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries and Museums in Baltimore, MD. Crystal received both her Masters of Art Conservation (MAC) in paper conservation and her Honour Bachelors of Chemistry from Queen’s University. In addition to using gellan gum in treatments, Crystal has experimented with gellan gum applications and is interested in exploring the boundaries of the gel preparation methods for applications both inside and outside the paper lab.

Greg Hill is Senior Conservator of Archival and Photographic Materials at the Canadian Conservation Institute where he conducts treatments, contributes to a range of research projects and presents workshops for the archival and fine art community across Canada. Prior to CCI, Greg worked at Library and Archives Canada in a variety of capacities including Head of Prints and Drawings Conservation and Photograph Conservation, preservation advisor for the former Portrait Gallery of Canada and technical advisor for the new nitrate film storage vault building project. He has spoken and written on a range of subjects related to the conservation and preservation of archival and photographic materials.

 

SHIBOIRI + INDIGO DYE WORKSHOP 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Centre for Craft Nova Scotia

Limit of 10 participants

Indigo dye is breathtaking – experience the magic as the fabric changes from lime green to indigo blue before your eyes. Shibori is the ancient Japanese form of dyeing that revolves around different ways of binding and folding fabric to create different patterns and is most commonly practiced with indigo. We will make a variety of shibori samples exploring both Nui (stitched) and itajime (bound and resist) designs. The fabric samples are large enough to be used as Furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth) which are both beautiful and functional. They can be used for a lunch bag alternative, a eco-wrapping technique, or scarf or garment.

Instructor Biography:

Kate Ward is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose research driven practice investigates the relationship between art, ritual spaces and cultural meaning. Her practice engages with issues of public space and social engagement in contemporary cultures, drawing references from the geolithic, neolithic, through to modern neuroscience technologies.

Tours

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia  www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/

Thursday May 30, 2019, 3:10pm – 5:30pm

Tour Cost: $10.00 (includes transportation to the tour site from Dalhousie University)

Behind-the-scenes tour of collections and conservation spaces, explaining what staff do, the gallery’s focus (preventative/active conservation, current storage, and related projects), and how the gallery utilizes and functions in a renovated historic building continually updated by the province. Tour members will explore vault storage as well as walk through the exhibition spaces.

 

Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History  https://naturalhistory.novascotia.ca/ 

Thursday May 30, 2019, 3:10pm – 5:30pm

Tour Cost: $10.00 (includes transportation to the tour site from Dalhousie University)

Behind-the-scenes tour of collection storage areas, which will include a discussion about the unique issues involved in accessioning, storage, handling and conservation.

 

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic  https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/

Thursday May 30, 2019, 3:10pm – 5:30pm

Tour Cost: $10.00 (includes transportation to the tour site from Dalhousie University)

Behind-the-scenes tour led by Roger Marsters, Curator of Marine History, and Amber Laurie, Assistant Curator/Registrar of Marine History; both part of the Nova Scotia Museum Collections Unit. Tour members will see multiple artifact storage areas and then be able to walk through the exhibition spaces.

 

Government House  https://lt.gov.ns.ca/government-house

Thursday May 30, 2019, 3:10pm – 5:30pm

Tour Cost: $10.00 (includes transportation to the tour site from Dalhousie University)

A tour of Government House will include viewing the Main Foyer, Grand Staircase, Ballroom, Morning Room, Drawing Room, and Dining Room. There will also be a discussion on the treatment and display of four WWI Colours with Ann Shaftel.

Events

CAC EMERGING CONSERVATORS COMMITTEE TRIVIA NIGHT

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Lower Deck – Beer Market

1887 Upper Water Street, Halifax, NS

Put on your thinking caps and join us for an evening of fun, good company, and friendly competition. Participation is free, so come test your knowledge on all things pop culture, history, art, literature, animals, geography, and of course, conservation!

Food and drink are available for individual purchase.

Free live music to follow trivia event.

 

CONFERENCE POST-DINNER RECEPTION

Thursday May 30, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Rudolph P. Bratty Hall

1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS

CAC invites conference delegates to experience the multicultural heritage of our nation through guided tours of the exhibits and interactives in the Rudolph P Bratty Hall. Catch up with longstanding colleagues and meet new ones while taking in the breathtaking views of the Halifax Harbour.

Complementary post-dinner snacks and first beverage

Cash bar

 

CONFERENCE BANQUET & SILENT AUCTION

Friday May 31, 2019, 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

5425 Sackville Street, Halifax, NS

Join other conference delegates for a night of delicious food, good conversation and fierce bidding wars! A Highlands Piper will greet delegates who will enjoy a buffet dinner in the elegant North Magazine Garrison Room, the annual silent auction in the Naval Room, and 30 minute guided tours of the historic site. There is also the opportunity to congratulate the Charles Mervyn Ruggles and Emerging Conservator award winners.

Ticket cost: $95.00 per person

Ticket includes: buffet dinner, first beverage, and guided tour

Cash bar

Delegates provide own transportation

The silent auction is made possible by donations made from institutions and individuals. It may include artwork, memberships, vouchers, gift certificates, etc. We are looking for donations that would be appealing to you. The deadline for donation form completion is May 7, 2019.

CAC Annual Conference Silent Auction Donation Form

 

CAC ADVOCACY COMMITTEE BROWN BAG LUNCH SESSION

Saturday June 1, 2019, 12:25pm – 14:10pm

Dalhousie University, Scotiabank Auditorium, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building,

6135 University Ave, Halifax, NS

Interested in raising conservation awareness through social media? Want to be more engaged politically? Have an upcoming talk for which you need to explain the importance of conservation? Join the Advocacy Committee for a brown bag lunch session to learn how to utilize the Advocacy Toolkit’s resources to your advantage! Lunch is available for pre-purchase, please see the online registration form for further details.

Lunch cost: $15.00 per person

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