Collections and Research
The Conservation Department is at the heart of the McCord’s mandate to preserve, study and present its objects. Our engagement in hands-on and scholarly activities relating to preservation makes our objects more accessible, allowing visitors, colleagues and researchers alike to enjoy and learn from our collections.
Conservation research enables us to better understand the place of objects in our history and their pertinence to us today. Every object on display at the Museum has been studied, documented and, in most cases, treated by the Conservation Department. As well, the McCord is a leader in collections care, overseeing the maintenance of the museum environment in its galleries and vaults and ensuring the protection of the Museum’s objects during exhibition and travel.
Conservators at the McCord maintain the highest standards throughout the conservation process, safeguarding as much as possible the aesthetic and historic integrity of its collections.
- Fun with Faux Fur
- Serge Chapleau – Looking after the Chapleau fonds (Part 3)
- Serge Chapleau – From Pencil to stylus (Part 2)
- The Conservation of Bandolier Bags: Keep Calm and Bead On
- A Playful Conservation Treatment
- Jean-Claude Poitras – Mounting and Crating: A Real Feat of Arms! (Part 2)
- Jean-Claude Poitras – Mannequins that measure up! (Part 1)
- Serge Chapleau – The Chapleau Fonds, as seen by a conservator (Part 1)
- Uranium in a cupboard near you!
- Travel Preparations – Making a packing case using 3D technology
- A flurry of feathers! The Conservation of a Balenciaga dress
- What makes her tick? The conservation of an automaton doll
- Conservation and Mounting for Fashioning Expo 67 – VIDEO
- Lights On! The Conservation of the Notman & Son Neon Sign
- Totem Urbain – Histoire en Dentelles, sculpture by Pierre Granche
Meet the conservator Anne MacKay and learn more about her expertise and what she does.
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