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Conference Workshops

Bespoke Protective Enclosures & Drop Spine Boxmaking 

Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6, 2020; Time: TBA 

The Community Room, Mills Memorial Library, McMaster University

1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON

This two-day workshop will focus on protective enclosures primarily in library and archive collections, though the skills used may be applied to other types of objects. 

Practical work will include the completion of a cloth covered drop spine box, as well as a fluted board clamshell box. Participants will have the option of bringing two small (less than 150 mm) items to create these bespoke enclosures for. 

The workshop will focus on measuring techniques and practical skills, while demonstrating the range of enclosure styles available, from simple card enclosures and book shoes to complex cloth and board constructions. A 2-hour tour of the McMaster’s University rare book collection and enclosure techniques will be included.  

 This workshop will be presented in English.  

 Workshop Facilitator: Tiffany Eng Moore 

Tiffany is book and archival conservator in Ottawa, Canada and runs TEM Book & Paper Conservation. Previously she held positions at York Explore Library and Archives (UK) and the House of Lords Parliamentary Archives in London (UK), as well as completing a book conservation fellowships at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CA) and the Iowa University conservation lab (USA). She graduated from West Dean College with an MA in Conservation of Books and Library Materials, 2015. Tiffany has taught boxmaking courses at the London Centre for Book Arts and the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists’ Guild in Canada and worked as a freelance conservator in the UK and Canada. Her current research topic looks at the use of ATP/AMP rapid bioluminescent swabbing for cultural heritage. In her spare time, she enjoys unicorn husbandry and carrying out all manner of craft and diy projects. 

For additional workshop information, including preliminary schedules, please contact: 

Hazmuse: Managing Hazards in Cultural Collections – CANCELLED

Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6, 2020; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, Charlton Room  

116 King Street West, Hamilton, ON 

**Additional web-based: Introduction to Collections Hazards class 

April 2020: Date and Time TBA 

During this two-day workshop participants will be trained in collection hazard management strategies, understand their responsibilities in the workplace, and be given practical tools and templates to apply it in their own institutions. Focus will be on the fundamentals of identifying hazardous collection materials, and on preparing their own hazard management systems in a collaborative troubleshooting environment.  

 This workshop is open to conservators, conservation specialists, and conservation managers at all experience levels. Collections specialists and collections managers are welcome to join this workshop however the basics of conservation will not be covered. The type of hazards addressed in this workshop are those commonly found in three-dimensional objects.  

Participants will be required to bring a WIFI capable laptop or tablet. 

This workshop will be presented in English. 

* Please note that this workshop program provides practical strategies but is not associated with the Canadian Association of Industrial Hygienists, nor has it been reviewed or approved by an Industrial Hygienist. 

 ** Additional web-based: Introduction to Collections Hazards class (April 2020)  

 Participants will join the workshop instructors and guest speakers for a two hour, live, web-based introduction. This will cover preliminary topics such as: the importance of acknowledging, identifying, and managing hazards in the collection; common and uncommon collection hazards overviews using examples from the Ingenium collection; and common PPE examples. 

Participants will be encouraged to browse their collection after this web-based introduction and think about topics, issues, or hazards they would like to discuss or troubleshoot with the group during the workshop. 

Workshop Facilitators: Jessica Lafrance-Hwang & Erin Secord, Ingenium: Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation 

 Jessica Lafrance-Hwang is a Conservator with Ingenium, Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, where she specializes in the treatment and care of technological, industrial, and scientific objects, as well as hazardous and modern collections materials. She is a graduate of Queen’s University (Master of Art Conservation 2013), Cardiff University (BSc Conservation of Objects in Museums and Archaeology 2007), and Algonquin College (Applied Museum Studies 2005). Prior to joining Ingenium she had worked with Parks Canada, The Henry Ford, the Canadian Conservation Institute, on the West Block Rehabilitation project, and in private practice. Currently the Ingenium conservation division is focused on the total relocation of the collection to the new Collections and Conservation Centre, including managing collections hazards, updating conservation and collections care policies and standards for the organization. 

Erin Secord is the Manager of Conservation Services for Ingenium: Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. She joined Ingenium as a Conservator in 2009, having previously worked at The Mariners’ Museum in Virginia and the Provincial Archives of Alberta.  Erin manages a team of Conservators and specialists who care for Ingenium’s collection of technological, scientific, aviation and agriculture artifacts.  She worked extensively on the 2017 Reboot of the Canada Science and Technology Museum and is currently preparing the Ingenium collection to a new storage facility. Erin has expertise in historic technological and scientific instruments, management of hazardous artifacts and 3D laser modelling.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Conservation of Object in Museum of Archaeology from Cardiff University and a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Mechanical and Materials Engineering from Queen’s University.  Erin lives in Ottawa, Ontario 

For additional workshop information, including preliminary schedules, please contact: 

CCI Care of Metals Webinar Series 

Three Virtual Sessions (1.5-2 hours each):
Wednesday, February 3, 2021; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Wednesday, February 10, 2021; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Wednesday, February 17, 2021; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Target Audience: General museum staff, volunteers, and curatorial staff

This webinar series provides a general overview of metals and corrosion. Included is information about the properties of metals and how to identify them, as well as a discussion of common corrosion products and environments that cause corrosion. Optional intersession activities will be assigned, 1-2 hours in length.

Workshop to be presented in English. This workshop can be offered in French in the future if there is sufficient interest, please contact to express interest.

Member: $50
Non-member: $75
Student: $25

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • identify a wide variety of metals
  • identify corrosion problems associated with metals
  • provide basic care for common metals

Pre-workshop assignment:

Topics discussed in the webinars include:

  • Introduction to metals commonly found in museum / historical collections
  • Metals Identification
  • Applicable agents of deterioration
  • Corrosion and how to mitigate it
  • Types of basic interventions in museums

Attendees must have:

  • Computer with an active internet connection, and web browser
  • Any plug-in necessary to access videoconferencing service
  • Microphone and speakers (internally in computer, or external)
  • A word processing application capable of opening an Open office Document (docx) file (eg: MS-Word) and PDF files.

Workshop Facilitator: Monique Benoit, Canadian Conservation Institute

Monique holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Regina and a Master of Art Conservation degree with a specialization in objects from Queen’s University.

While a student, Monique was awarded a scholarship to study metals conservation and metallurgy at the Metal Conservation Summer Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. Later, she was the recipient of a grant for a postgraduate internship in metals conservation at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked on historic silver, enamel, arms and armour.

Prior to joining CCI, Monique was the sole metals conservator at the Centre de Conservation du Québec for seven years. She also worked a short time in private practice and spent over four years working in the conservation laboratory at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

Monique joined CCI in 2016 and is currently developing research projects on the treatment of modern materials, such as stainless steel and weathering steel, and exploring the use of dry ice on metals.

Workshop is full.

For additional workshop information, including preliminary schedules, please contact: 

Reconciliation Working Group Inaugural Workshop – CANCELLED

Tuesday, May 5, 2020; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Native Women’s Centre, Hamilton, ON

This full-day workshop will launch the CAC’s Reconciliation Working Group (RWG) and introduce the group and its mandate to the CAC membership. 

The workshop will begin with a Kairos Blanket Exercise, followed by cultural competency training that will help participants engage with the particular history of the First Peoples on whose traditional lands the workshop and the conference is taking place. The goals, structure and membership of the CAC Reconciliation Working Group will be introduced, followed by a round-table discussion with the theme: “What we are Conserving: Reflections on Colonial Practices in Conservation.”  The roundtable will convene invited experts on subjects such as access and use, Indigenous property rights, incorporating Indigenous languages in documentation, and including Indigenous perspectives in conservation decision-making. Indigenous and non-Indigenous conservators, museum professionals, academics, artists, and cultural advisors will discuss how the CAC can expand its mandate to comply with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action.  

The workshop will be open to all CAC members free of charge.  Lunch is included.

Please visit the CAC’s Reconciliation Working Group Go-Fund-Me if you would like to support this initiative and help us keep the workshop free and accessible.

Workshop facilitators: CAC Reconciliation Working Group co-chairs (to be elected in January 2020)

The Reconciliation Working Group, which was proposed by the Ad Hoc Advocacy Committee and approved by the CAC Board, will develop over the next two years a formal position for the CAC on issues of repatriation, community access, and care of materials of Indigenous origin in museums, archives and private collections across the country. This formal position will provide the basis for guidelines and tools to help our membership work more ethically with these materials. 

The overarching objectives of the RWG are two-fold: (1) to confront discriminatory frameworks on which modern conservation practices were built by expanding our professional standards to recognize, respect and include Indigenous perspectives in cultural preservation; and (2) to establish a pragmatic and equitable framework for collaborative practice in the care and preservation of Indigenous materials held in public and private collections, including practical guidelines for providing access to collections and facilitating repatriations, and the roles and responsibilities of conservators in caring ethically for Indigenous belongings and ancestors.

Registration for this free workshop is being administered by the Reconciliation Working Group. Please register separately using the following link. If you have any questions, direct them to