The Lead Team presented at the American Institute for Conservation’s 44th Annual Meeting and the Canadian Association for Conservation’s 42nd Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec. At this conference they presented to an international community of specialized conservators. Their presentation, ‘Through Hell or High Water: Disaster Recovery Three Years After Alberta’s Floods’ provided an overview on the work they have completed in Alberta with disaster response assistance through conservation treatment and regaining intellectual control; and disaster preparedness assistance for ASA’s institutional members.
In addition to presenting, the Lead Conservator also had the opportunity to tour the vaults and labs of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and attend networking events at both the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montreal and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.
The Lead Team enjoyed listening to talks presented by conservators who completed disaster recovery of artifacts and historic sites for the 2009 Cologne archives collapse, the remediation of flood damaged bound material from the 1966 Florence flood, and the 2015 fire at Clandon Park. The conference also focused on risk assessment, tips for collection care and conservation material analysis.