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Now Presenting – The Lead Team’s Flood Recovery Work

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.

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Lead Conservator, Emily Turgeon-Brunet, and former Lead Archivist, Amanda Oliver at Palais des Congres; photo credit: Erin Kraus

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.

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The Disaster Management Session at the Canadian Association for Conservation Conference

The 41st Annual Canadian Association for Conservation Conference was held in Edmonton, Alberta from May 28-30, 2015. The Lead Conservator attended the entire conference and the Lead Archivist attended the final day of the conference.

Amanda Oliver, Lead Archivist, presenting at the CAC conference. Photo Credit: Yesan Ham

Amanda Oliver, Lead Archivist, presenting at the CAC conference. Photo Credit: Yesan Ham

On May 30, the conference hosted a session entitled ‘Disaster Management’. The session began with a paper by Sue Warren called, ‘Canada Science and Technology Museum – Crisis Management’. She discussed the difficulties she experienced with her institution’s facility, where high levels of airborne mould were found as a result of multiple leaks in their roof. Warren shared her experience dealing with an abrupt closure and mass conservation treatments of artefacts from the museum.

Next, Sarah Little, Rebecca Delorme and Sarah Storck presented a paper entitled, ‘Staying Afloat: The Challengers of Recovering from a Major Flood at a Small Museum”. The speakers shared their experience recovering museum artefacts from the June 2013 in southern Alberta. They went into great detail discussing the time and organizational skills required to complete recovery work.

Emily Turgeon-Brunet, Lead Conservator, presenting at the CAC conference. Photo Credit: Yesan Ham

Emily Turgeon-Brunet, Lead Conservator, presenting at the CAC conference. Photo Credit: Yesan Ham

In addition to this presentation about Museum of the Highwood, Gail Niinimaa and Irene Karsten presented a paper called, ‘Salvage and Recovery at Museum of the Highwood Artifacts after Major Flooding’. The presenters discussed their experience salvaging material immediately after the flooding, with a particular focus on the museum’s textile collection. It was wonderful to hear these presentations about an ASA institutional member, especially considering ASA has been working exclusively on the Museum of the Highwood’s archival material. It was interesting to learn more about their recovery work with the museum’s artefacts.

The Lead Team presented the final paper of the session entitled, ‘Worst Case Scenario: Preparing Alberta’s Archives for Future Disasters’. This presentation summarized the ASA’s Flood Advisory Programme – our work so far and our plans for the future. We used specific examples for our members that were negatively affected by the flood and how our program has assisted in their recovery work.

The Lead Team learnt a great deal throughout the conference and especially during the Disaster Management Session. We would like to thank the Canadian Association for Conservation for inviting us to present at the conference. It was a wonderful experience!

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The Lead Team Presents…

From May 13th to 15th the Lead Conservator presented a poster in Miami, Florida at the 43rd annual AIC (American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) conference, on behalf of the Lead Team. The poster was exhibited for three days of the conference. On the final exhibition day the Lead Conservator was available to answer questions and accept feedback from viewers.
The conference was a wonderful experience where the Lead Conservator was able to meet representatives from many companies who sell archival housing materials, technical literature, conservation supplies, exhibition cases and mounts, instruments of analysis, and environmental monitoring systems. She also attended 20 sessions, two networking receptions, one networking luncheon, and a tour of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

The Lead Team’s poster at the AIC conference  Photo Credit: Emily Turgeon-Brunet

The Lead Team’s poster at the AIC conference
Photo Credit: Emily Turgeon-Brunet

Decorative breakwater at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens  Photo Credit: Emily Turgeon-Brunet

Decorative breakwater at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Photo Credit: Emily Turgeon-Brunet

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Art Deco building in South Beach, near the Miami Design Preservation League Photo Credit: Emily Turgeon-Brunet

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