On April 29, 2015, Mrs. Laureen Harper visited Library and Archives Canada where she was given a tour of the state-of-the art Preservation Centre’s conservation laboratories in Gatineau, Quebec. During her visit, Mrs. Harper experienced first-hand the complex processes of conservation treatments performed on documentary heritage items such as paintings, books, prints, drawings, maps, manuscripts and photographic materials. Our team of professional conservators were delighted to provide her with insights into the some of the technical aspects of their work, and she was presented with a handmade notebook as a special keepsake.
Mrs. Harper at Library and Archives Canada, Preservation Centre.
Tania Passafiume, Head Conservator, Photographic Materials, explaining the process of creating a salted paper print from a digital negative that was chosen by Mrs. Harper from the William James Topley collection. Mr. Berthiaume and Sylvain Bélanger, Director General Stewardship, look on.
Jayme Vallières, Conservation Technician, demonstrating a hinging technique for attaching artwork to a display mount.
Judith Falardeau, Senior Conservator, Maps and Manuscripts, demonstrating pulp infill technique on a document.
Maria Bedynski, Senior Conservator, Maps and Manuscripts (left), with Mr. Berthiaume and Mrs. Harper examining a document in the maps and manuscripts laboratory.
Doris St-Jacques, Conservator, demonstrating consolidation of flaking paint.
Mr. Berthiaume and Doris St-Jacques, Conservator, discussing lightfastness of signature inks on the Proclamation of the Canadian Flag.
Mrs. Harper with Lynn Curry, Head Conservator of Books, creating a sealed micro environment in preparation for an item going out on loan.
Mrs. Harper lifting leather under a pastedown on a bound volume.
Manise Marston, Book Conservator, setting up brass fonts in preparation for gold tooling, finished by Mrs. Harper.
Manise Marston, Book Conservator, presenting Mrs. Harper with a custom notebook she made by hand for Mrs. Harper, as Sylvain Belanger, Director General Stewardship, and Mr. Berthiaume look on.
Mrs. Harper and guests visit Library and Archives Canada, Preservation Centre.