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Workshop on the Care and Treatment of Portrait Miniatures

October 15-19, 2007
Library and Archives Canada
Preservation Centre
Gatineau, Quebec


This five-day workshop, presented by Library and Archives Canada in collaboration with the Portrait Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Conservation Institute and Queen's University will address the history, manufacture, care, and treatment of portrait miniatures.

This workshop is made possible through the support of The Getty Foundation.

Mr. Alan Derbyshire, Head of the Sculpture, Metals, Ceramics and Glass conservation section at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and an expert in this specialized field, will deliver the workshop with assistance from Ms. Maria Bedynski, Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper, Library and Archives Canada.

The workshop program will include:

  1. Lectures on the history, manufacture and conservation of portrait Miniatures
  2. Practical session on handling, examination, condition reporting, and surveying of miniatures
  3. Practical session on painting portrait miniatures
  4. Practical sessions on treatment techniques on portrait miniatures
  5. Practical session on care of lockets, cases and enclosures
  6. ½-day visit to the Canadian Conservation Institute


The workshop is open to conservation professionals with responsibility for preserving portrait miniatures. Portrait miniatures are multi-media objects and this training may be of interest to conservators in various fields of specialization. Enrollment is limited to 10 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.

There are no registration fees for this workshop, however participants must cover their own expenses for travel, accommodation and meals.

Application procedure:

Application forms must be received by April 2, 2007. Selection of participants will be made based upon the information provided on the application form.

Applicants will be notified of their standing by April 16, 2007. Selected applicants must confirm their intent to participate by July 6, 2007 in order to secure a place in the workshop.

For additional information please contact Maria Bedynski at 819-997-6685, or