Conservation Viability in the Community Museum and Cultural Heritage Sectors

Thursday, October 7 - 2:00 to 3:15pm


Andrea Miller, Executive Director, Ottawa Museum Network; Mike Steinhauer, Director, Bytown Museum; Ashley Stevens, Curator of Collections, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum; Emily Bracewell, Collections Manager, Nepean Museum; Wendy Baker, President, Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property

The Ottawa Museum Network undertook a special project in 2009 to enhance the conservation standards of 11 member museums.  By using economies of scale and sharing the expertise of a professional Conservator, the OMN delivered specialized conservation assessments and treatments to each of the member museums.  The OMN will demonstrate how this project was successful and made possible by using centralized project management.

This session will also include a presentation from Wendy Baker, president of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property, which will focus on the need to reassess the provision of conservation services in the context of a challenging economic situation, cutbacks or closures of conservation training institutions, and an imbalance between hiring and retiring conservation practitioners.

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