Conservation of Artifacts at Queen’s University

Conservation of Artifacts at Queen’s University

The Master of Arts Conservation Program at Queen’s University in Kingston celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. This program trains students in the conservation and repair of paintings, paper and objects. Students work on artifacts from museums and galleries, and sometimes private individuals.

Glanmore National Historic Site  has been sending paintings and artifacts to Queen’s for conservation since the late 1970s. Last year, the relationship between Glanmore and the program at Queen’s was highlighted in the Queen’s Gazette.

Recently two pastel landscapes by Bertram Couldery, and nine artifacts were brought back to Glanmore following condition assessment and conservation treatment. Each piece was accompanied by a comprehensive treatment report and a custom-made acid-free storage box.

Botties after restoration
Booties before restoration.

These hand-sewn sheepskin booties with crocheted flowers are dated circa 1900. They were donated to the Museum in 1979, but never displayed due to their condition. The booties were brushed, humidified, re-shaped and re-stitched with white silk thread. They are now in a condition more suitable for display.