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Conference Workshops

Introduction to Conservation of Cloth Case Bindings: Tutorial, Demonstration, Discussion

Day(s): Monday June 3 and Tuesday June 4, 2024 VIRTUAL
Time: 2 sessions, 11h00 – 14h30
Participants: 20
Registration: Member 55$, Student 45$, Non-member 70$

This two session virtual workshop aims to give an introduction to repair techniques for adhesive cloth case bookbindings. The workshop will give an understanding of the history and structure of case bindings and explore a variety of repair techniques in different contexts. Topics will include circulating collection repairs, textblock and paper repairs specific to books, board attachments, cover and spine treatments.

The workshop will consist of lectures, recorded video demonstrations, and group discussions. Videos will be made available to students up to three weeks after the workshop. Participants are encouraged to try repair techniques before or after the workshop sessions in their own didactic bindings and to bring questions to the class. Participants will be able to send images or video of the work in and chat with the group and/or instructor about repair techniques.

A list of equipment and tools will be sent to participants several weeks prior to the workshop dates.

Instructor Bio:
Tiffany Eng Moore is book and archival conservator in Ottawa, Canada and runs TEM Book & Paper Conservation (part of the Canadian Conservation Consortium). Carrying out contracts and independent work for institutions in the national capital region.

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 fellowship at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CA) and an internship at the Iowa University conservation lab (USA). She graduated from West Dean College with an MA in Conservation of Books and Library Materials, 2015. Her current research interest is mould in cultural heritage.

Preventive Conservation 2.0

Date: Monday June 10, 2024 VIRTUAL
Time: 11h00-14h00
Participants: 30
Registration: Member 35$, Student 25$, Non-member 50$

Preventive conservation practice has evolved a great deal over the past three decades thanks to research into the effects of agents on different materials, a recognition that one-size-fits-all solutions are seldom helpful, and a risk assessment approach. The push for environmental sustainability and community access strengthens the case for avoiding blanket statements about collection needs and for finding contextual preservation solutions.

In this brief and engaging refresher workshop we will update our knowledge of environmental guidelines, lighting, enclosure-related risks, sprinkler systems, mould and more! Participants will learn about common preventive conservation misinformation and will leave with the knowledge needed to make more effective choices.

We will end with a virtual site visit, gaining insight into what to look for when assessing risks to collections and seeing real-life examples of preventive conservation successes and challenges.

Instructor Bio:
Fiona Graham is a professional conservator specializing in preventive conservation. As a consultant, she provides advice to museums, galleries, and archives in areas such as facility assessment, storage planning, conservation criteria for building design, lighting, environment, pest management, and mould remediation. Fiona teaches in the Master of Art Conservation program at Queen’s University and in Athabasca University’s Heritage Resource Management program and has taught over fifty workshops. She has three decades of experience as a conservator with various museums, the Canadian Conservation Institute, the Centre de conservation du Québec, the Ontario Ministry of Culture, and Goldsmith Borgal & Co. Architects. Fiona holds an MAC from Queen’s and is accredited by CAPC and CAHP.

Silversmithing Pendant and Charm

Monday May 29, 2023; 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Available spaces: 12
Location: 13-560 Johnson St, Victoria, BC

Get those creative juices flowing while you mix and match your favourite metals, textures and stamps to create your own personalized pendants and charms! This 3- hour workshop is being offered by Argentum, a silversmithing school and supply shop located in Market Square, the historic heart of downtown Victoria. No previous silversmithing experience is required. The workshop will be held in a traditional silversmithing studio, please arrive dressed with this in mind. Copper and Brass materials are included. Sterling silver material option available for purchase. Sterling silver chains are also available for purchase.

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