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Once upon a time…

Once Upon a Time…

The Young McCord Committee is proud to launch Once Upon a Time, an initiative to raise the $20,000 required to restore toys and decorative objects from the McCord Museum collection, in the topsy-turvy storyland exhibition.. These artefacts will be used to bring our favourite fairy tales, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, to life at the Museum’s annual toy exhibition. The toys all have historical and sentimental value, but they need to be repaired to appear in the exhibition and be available for future generations.

Through your donation, you will help stimulate the imaginations of thousands of children by allowing them to discover classic fairy tales and heritage objects. Be part of a happy ending. Help the Museum restore the toys and bring a unique adventure to the kids!

Make this project a reality!

Examples of what your donation can allow the Conservation team to purchase:

  • $15 Could provide curved needles for sewn repairs
  • $50 Could provide silk crepeline used to stabilize fragile doll clothing fabrics
  • $250 Could allow for the integration of minor repairs on an object i.e. infilling of small losses such as scratches of an object
  • $500 Could allow for the conservation treatment of a doll’s hair
  • $1,000 Could allow for the integration of major repairs on an object i.e. adding replacement parts and reattaching elements

WHY DOES THE McCORD MUSEUM NEED YOU?

We need you to help us restore the toys so we can share them with children through the Museum’s enchanting exhibition topsy-turvy storyland. As a contributor to the project, you’ll receive an exclusive invitation to the exhibition premiere to see the tangible impact of your donation. Be part of a happy ending. Help the Museum restore the toys and bring a unique adventure to the next generation!

WHAT WILL BE INVOLVED IN THE CONSERVATION TREATMENT OF THE TOYS? 

Each object selected for topsy-turvy storyland will undergo a full conservation assessment to better understand its history, condition and composition so we can determine the best way to preserve the artefact. Treatment of an object can include documentation, cleaning, the stabilization of fragile elements, the repair of damaged material or the replacement of missing parts, as well as specific recommendations for display.

WHY IS CONSERVATION IMPORTANT?

The Conservation Department is at the heart of the McCord’s mandate to preserve, study and present its collections. Conservators are dedicated, trained professionals who are passionate about our material history. Their expertise allows us to better understand the place of objects in our history and the relevance of these artefacts today. Most importantly, the team’s work makes the objects accessible, allowing our visitors to delight in and learn from our collections.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET? 

  • Materials and tools for conservation work
  • Conservation staff
    • Research that allows the Museum to make informed decisions about conserving objects
    • Treatment and documentation of objects
  • Consultation with specialists

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