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Workshop on iron gall ink

From: Sherry Guild <sherry_guild>
Date: Friday, April 16, 2004
The History and Treatment of Works With Iron Gall Ink
Advanced Professional Development Workshop
November 2-4, 2004

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the Canadian Conservation
Institute (CCI) have organized a three-day workshop on the history
and treatment of works containing iron gall ink for the professional
development of conservators and collection managers.

Format: This three-day workshop will combine hands-on lab sessions
with demonstrations, lectures, and group discussion. The workshop
will be held at the Gatineau Preservation Centre in Gatineau,

Topics Include:

    *   lecture on iron gall ink recipes, composition, analysis, and

    *   preparation of iron gall ink using an historical recipe

    *   examination of artifacts [UV light, iron(II) test,
        Multi-spectral Imaging System (MuSIS)]

    *   condition rating of artifacts with iron gall ink (using
        protocol developed by the Netherlands Institute for Cultural

    *   lecture on various treatments for ink-corroded paper objects
        and their short- and long-term effects

    *   discussion of treatment options for selected artifacts

    *   lecture on simmering water treatment for a 19th-century
        sketchbook of iron gall ink drawings

    *   lecture on the effect of simmering on the chemical and
        mechanical properties of paper

    *   practise paper simmering, calcium phytate treatment

    *   practise mechanical stabilization of ink-corroded works (
        re-moistenable tissue, Klucel G coated tissue)

    *   practise a survey technique for collections with iron gall

Learning Outcomes:

    *   understanding of the history and composition of iron gall

    *   experience making iron gall ink according to an historic

    *   knowledge of examination techniques for works in iron gall

    *   understanding of iron gall ink degradation

    *   exposure to LAC and CCI research on iron gall ink
        degradation and the effect of various treatments

    *   first-hand experience with treatments for paper deteriorated
        by iron gall ink

    *   experience with stabilization treatments for paper
        deteriorated by iron gall ink

    *   exposure to survey methodology for collections with iron
        gall ink


   Maria Bedynski
   paper conservator, LAC

   Season Tse
   conservation scientist, CCI

   Sherry Guild
   paper conservator, CCI

Registration: The workshop is open to conservators and collection
managers with experience working in archives, libraries, and museum
collections. The workshop will focus on works on paper with iron
gall ink but may also be of interest to textile conservators.
Enrollment is limited to 15 participants. The language of
instruction will be English. The organizers reserve the right to
cancel the workshop one month prior to presentation of the event if
there is insufficient registration, and to make program changes as
deemed necessary.

Registration fee (includes lunches and breaks, course materials,
participant's manual, and all applicable taxes):

    CAN $450.00 for Canadian participants
    US $450.00 for all others

Canadian Museums Association (CMA) bursaries are available for
eligible Canadian participants. Please apply directly to the CMA (

Application procedure: Applicants should submit their application
form by June 30, 2004. Applicants will be notified of their standing
by July 16, 2004. Accepted participants must forward the full
workshop fee by September 17, 2004 in order to secure a place in the
workshop. Application forms are available by contacting Christine
Bradley at CCI or from the following web sites:



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Application form should be submitted to:

    Christine Bradley
    Canadian Conservation Institute
    1030 Innes Road
    Ottawa ON K1A 0M5
    613-998-3721 ext. 250
    Fax: 613-998-4721
    christine_bradley [at] pch__gc__ca

Sherry Guild
Paper Conservator/Acting Manager
Treatment and Development Division
Canadian Conservation Institute

                  Conservation DistList Instance 17:67
                 Distributed: Wednesday, April 28, 2004
                       Message Id: cdl-17-67-017
Received on Friday, 16 April, 2004

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