AMS Showcase 2012

In early May of 2012, The Applied Museum Studies Program of Algonquin College presented the third annual AMS Showcase hosted at the new City of Ottawa Archives facility. The event was a remarkable success, with over 240 emerging and established cultural sector professionals in attendance.

The opening address was provided by Paul Henry, City of Ottawa Archivist.

Paul Henry, City of Ottawa Archivist and our MC’s for the evening Leah McRoberts and Alix McLeod.

The AMS Showcase also provided the perfect platform for the presentation of the 2011-2012 AMS Awards.

This years award winners included;

Scott McCreary 2012 AMS Preservation Award.
Meghan Trott 2012 AMS Tech Services Award.
Abigail Doris 2012 Ontario Museum Association Award.
Kelly Griffin 2012 Ottawa Historical Society Award.
Nicole Allen and Jess Steinhoff 2012 Ottawa Art Gallery Conservation Award.
Sharon Vance 2012 Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club Award.

Scott McCreary 2012 AMS Preservation Award winner with Terry Quinlan Professor of Conservation, AMS program.

Nicole Allen and Jess Steinhoff 2012 Ottawa Art Gallery Conservation Award with Jennifer Gilliland, Collections Manager Ottawa Art Gallery.

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2012!

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Paul Henry, City of Ottawa Archivist.

Paul Henry, City of Ottawa Archivist.

Paul Henry, City of Ottawa Archivist providing opening address and our MC’s for the evening Leah McRoberts and Alix McLeod at the City of Ottawa Archives.

“Conserving Unique Material Culture”

The Applied Museum Studies program of Algonquin College hosted the second of its guest speaker presentations on Friday November 25, 2011. Diana Komejan presented here experiences while stationed for 6 months in Antarctica working on the historic huts on Ross Island. Michael Eisen, conservator from Park’sCanada-Ontario Service Center presented on the conservation of Historic Sites and Monuments Board Plaques of Canada.

Diana Komejan and Michael Eisen

Both presentations are have been archived and can be viewed via the following link.

http://mediasite.algonquincollege.com/mediasite/SilverlightPlayer/Default.aspx?peid=58a771a1951c4e699af07a8bd0b2bbd7

This event was inclusive with over 40 participants in attendance and many more following the presentations online.

The networking event, “Jump into Heritage” was also a resounding success with many students, past graduates and industry leaders in attendance.

The AMS Guest Speakers Series will continue in the New Year so stay tuned for postings.

If you are interested in registering to attend the event or have any questions please feel free to contact Terry Quinlan, Professor of Conservation @ Terry.Quinlan@algonquincollege.com

Applied Museum Studies Speaker Series

The Applied Museum Studies program

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 of Algonquin College launched its inaugural Speakers Series with presentations by Greg Hill, president of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC) and Silvia Kindl, president of the Canadian Association for the Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC).

Topics included the benefits of accreditation, affiliation with professional conservation organizations and making the transition to the workforce. Both presentations were very well received with over 40 heritage professionals in attendance and dozens more following online, via the live video stream. The Q & A session was very lively supplemented with questions via the #AMSConservation twitter account.

Following the presentations a social was hosted at the Algonquin College Observatory lounge with speaker attendees and numerous heritage professionals in attendance.  

Both presentations can be viewed at the following site;

http://mediasite.algonquincollege.com/mediasite/SilverlightPlayer/Default.aspx?peid=8963aa277c8e4441aaef44e8292ae3f1

The AMS Speaker Series will continue in November with a focus on “Unique Conservation Projects”.  These events are inclusive and ALL heritage professionals are welcome to attend in person our virturally, online via the live stream or twitter.

2009 AMS Award Recipients

The Applied Museum Studies program is very pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s community awards of achievement. Winners were presented their awards at the Algonquin College Annual Community Studies Awards Ceremony hosted at Algonquin College on May 27, 2009.

 Julia Nonkes, Erica Kastner and Maggie Case – AMS Preservation Award

 Maggie, Erika and Julia completed a comprehensive series of conservation assessments and collections condition surveys for the City of Ottawa’s Heritage Development unit.

The intent of the project was to provide city planners with a clear indication of the state of preservation of cultural property for Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Gloucester Museum, Fairfields and the Archaeological Collections from Lebreton Flats.

Over 1600 artifacts were assessed along with several storage facilities culminating in the creation of a Cultural Health Index of the City of Ottawa’s Heritage Collections. This report, the first of its kind in the province of Ontario, will be used by city planners to direct the development of preservation procedures to ensure the long term care of Ottawa’s unique cultural past.

Maggie, Erika and Julia are truly deserving of this award and recognition, for assisting the Citizens of Ottawa in the conservation of their collective cultural past.

 

Erika Kastner, Julia Nonkes, Maggie Case, Professor Terry Quinlan

Erika Kastner, Julia Nonkes, Maggie Case, Professor Terry Quinlan

 Julia Loan – Ottawa Art Gallery Conservation Award

 Julia Loan has been awarded the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Conservation Award for her successful treatment of two works of art. The works, executed by Canadian contemporary artist Susan Feindel, entitled “Field Circuit” had suffered damaged as a result of poor packing for an overseas loan. Julia devised a treatment process that would allow for the safe removal of polyethylene sheeting that had fused to the surface of the works. The treatment process required the completion of comprehensive condition treatment reporting, photo-documentation, solubility testing, execution of the treatment and the design and fabrication of a custom storage/transportation crate.

Julia Loan, Jennifer Gilliand Collections Manager Ottawa Art Gallery

Julia Loan, Jennifer Gilliand Collections Manager Ottawa Art Gallery

Andrew Boisvenue – Ontario Museum Association Award

Andrew was an active volunteer member of the OMA’s steering committee for the 2008 OMA conference.

 

Andrew Boisvenue, Gilles Seguin Ontario Museum Association

Andrew Boisvenue, Gilles Seguin Ontario Museum Association

Leah Batisse – Historical Society of Ottawa Award

Leah participated in the research and development of an online exhibit for the City of Ottawa Archives.

Leah Batisse, Don Baxter, Secretary Historical Society of Ottawa

Leah Batisse, Don Baxter, Secretary Historical Society of Ottawa

Something to Inspire

I’ll let the following youtube video speak for itself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3MWzJaRXXU&feature=player_embedded

AMS Conservation Department – Happenings 08/09

Another academic year has come to an end and it’s time to review the many partnerships and accomplishments of the Applied Museum Studies (AMS)  students of Algonquin College within the Conservation Department.

The Conservation Department of the AMS program at Algonquin College continues to benefit from the support of conservators and collections staff located throughout Canada’s national capital region.

The AMS staff and students would like to thank the following guest lecturer’s for contributing to the delivery of conservation and collections care subject matter over the past academic year.

Sonya Dumais, Mike Steinhauer, Julie Hodgson, Jean-Francois Castonguay and Susan Ashley from the National Gallery of Canada for providing presentations and a round table discussion on the care, transportation and exhibition of works of art. This one day event also included ‘behind the scenes” tours of storage facilities, exhibit and transportation prep shops and conservation labs at the NGC.

Genny Tremblay and Barbara ToseGenny Tremblay, Barbara Tose and Michael Eisen from Parks Canada – Ontario Service Center for their outstanding presentations on the storage and care of archaeological collections presented in-situ at Parks Canada facilities on Walkley Road.

 Marcie Kwindt, Laura Smyke-Passmore and Canadian Museum of Nature staff for their presentations on the caretour-058 and conservation of natural history collections hosted at the CMN Pink road facilities. Presentations focused on the care of osseous, paleological, herbarium, entomological and wet marine specimen conservation.

Rebecca Bunch and Megan Gruchy from the Canadian Museum of Civilization for their presentation on the cmc-rebecca-bunchintegration of conservation into the exhibition process. These presentations were also supported with tours of the exhibition galleries and conservation labs.

 

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Tony Missio from the Canada Science and Technology Museum for providing insights into the conservation of industrial and scientific collections. Tony’s presentation included a tour of the exhibition areas and a presentation focusing on the unique circumstances and hazards surrounding the display and conservation of industrial collections. This lecture also included a tour of the conservation labs and storage facilities.

 

The third year students participated in the annual assessment of built heritage and closing of a seasonal museum at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. Students conducted an Closing Cumberland 2008assessment of a historic building, developed maintenance plans and participated in the cleaning and closing procedures for several buildings. Thanks once again to Glenn Charron, curator of collections, for providing this unique learning opportunity. 

The AMS program continues to partner with the Ottawa Art Gallery to fabricate storage mounts for Group of Seven Works from the Firestone Collection. group-of-seven-images-002Each student assesses the work and fabricates a mount for both storage and display. A very sincere thank you to Jennifer Gilliland, OAG’s collections manager for providing this remarkable opportunity for students of the AMS program.

Second year students undertook condition reporting and treatment of the silver collections from Laurier House National Historic Site. A sincere thank you to Bernie Roache for this opportunity. The same group of students also completed the treatment of 43 ferrous objects from the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum.

A number of special project partnerships have taken place this year and they include;

The cleaning and mounting of one World War I flag flown by the Number 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital located in LeTouquet, France, in 1914. These treatments are being undertaken by students Michelle Hunter and Meredith Thompson for the Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum.

 “This Union Jack was loaned to the government of Prince Edward Island by Major James S. Walker in 1935. Major Walker was the Captain and Quarter-Master of the Number 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital located in Le Touquet, France during the WWI. The flag was then donated to the Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum by Mr. Clarence Walker of Charlottetown, Son of Major James S. Walker.

The Number 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital was the first Canadian military force to cross the English Channel to France. It was opened in the LeTourquet hotel on November 27, 1914. The hospital housed 420 beds and an interesting distinction was the unit had named each of the hospital’s wards after Canada’s provinces. (Freeman and Nielson, 1999).

No. 2 Stationary field-hospital LeTourquet France 1914

No. 2 Stationary Field Hospital in LeTourquet, France 1914 (http://nfb.ca/)

Before WWI Canada was still very much a British Colony and was at war by declaration of Britain. WWI marked the transition of Canada’s armed forces from a militia of questionable value to what was probably the most powerful army corps on either side of the conflict.” (Library and Archives 2009) Canada contributed over 600,000 troops to aid Britain, while also providing vital manufacturing facilities and assisting in the training of military personnel from around the globe. (Freeman and Nielson, 1999).” 

This flag represents Canada’s influence as a political and military player during WWI. The treatment and preservation of this piece of cultural patrimony will assist in the interpretation and understanding of Canada’s role during this turbulent time.

Pre-Teatment September 2008 - AMS Conservation Department

Flag Pre-Treatment September 2008
AMS Conservation Department

Flag Post Treatment April 2009 AMS Conservation Department

Flag Pre-Treatment April 2009
AMS Conservation Department

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Greg Gallant, Curator P.E.I.Regiment Museum, Meredith Thompson and Michele Hunter
Conservation Students who undertook the treatment of the Flag.

AMS student Julia Loan devised a treatment process to ensure the safe removal of polyethylene sheeting that has fused to the surface to two contemporary paintings from the Ottawa Art Gallery and designed and constructed a custom crate for it’s transportation and storage.

Three AMS students, Maggie Case, Julia Nonkes and Erika Kastner have conducted collection condition surveys for three of the City of Ottawa’s institutions and developed a Cultural Health Index for the City of Ottawa’s Heritage Development Unit.

Kelly Sceviour is working in partnership with the Provincial Archaeological Office of Newfoundland and the Provincial Museum – The Rooms to develop a Conservation Policy addressing the acquisition and storage of Archaeological Iron.

Third year AMS students Catherine Boyd and Melissa Watcher participated in Site Assessments and the development of Emergency Preparedness Procedures for the City of Ottawa’s Heritage Development Unit.

Steven Greyeyes, working under the guidance of staff from Parks Canada – Ontario Service Center has undertaken the creation of a reproduction of the MacAdam Shovel – a World War I shovel used for a short period by Canadian forces. 

 Erica Morgan and Laurie Snider completed a risk assessment and the creation of an Emergency Preparedness Plan for Watson’s Mill.