All talks in the Brown Bag Lunch Series are included with admission to any of our three venues (Museum, Science Gallery or Planetarium), or FREE for members! Bring your lunch, and join us in the Auditorium for a noon-hour talk from one of our amazing Museum staff members.
Separation Anxiety: Kiss your Acetate Goodbye
By Cindy Colford, Manager of Collections and Conservation
Prior to joining the Manitoba Museum in the fall of 2016 as the Manager of Collections and Conservation, Cindy Colford spent more than eight years as a conservator at the Peterborough Museum & Archives in Ontario. In Peterborough, Cindy worked closely with their photographic collection of nearly half a million images spanning more than 100 years. In 2008, an internal assessment indicated that many of the acetate negatives were in an advanced stage of deterioration. In order to preserve these irreplaceable images, techniques were developed and tested for separating the emulsion layer (image) from the acetate base. After several trials, a successful method was established and implemented. This presentation recounts the trials and tribulations that Cindy and her colleague encountered while stabilizing these deteriorated acetate negatives – an issue that many institutions must confront.