Iron Gall Ink: Decision Making and Treatment Practices

Dates
Monday, November 6 to Thursday, November 9, 2017
Location
Canadian Conservation Institute
1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1B 4S7, Canada
Application deadline
September 6, 2017
Language of instruction
English (some documents will be made available in French)
Delivery

Three Options

  • November 6-9, 2017: One-day lecture followed by a three day practical hands-on workshop. It is intended for early- or mid-career practising paper and archival conservators (limited to 16 participants).
  • November 6, 2017: One-day conference comprised of lectures, exercises, discussions and case studies on Iron Gall Ink (limited to 50 participants).
  • November 6, 2017: One hour livestream on the history, chemistry, degradation and identification of Iron Gall Ink.
Facilitator/Instructor
Eliza Jacobi, Paper and Book Conservator (Practice in Conservation, Amsterdam); Crystal Maitland, Paper Conservator (CCI); Season Tse, Conservation Scientist (CCI)
Registration fee
C$750 (workshop and lecture day); C$200 (lecture day only) and C$50 (one-hour livestream) includes HST
Iron gall ink manuscript page exhibiting damage from ink corrosion
© Government of Canada, Canadian Conservation Institute. CCI 124703-0089
Figure 1. Iron gall ink manuscript page exhibiting damage from ink corrosion
Workshop participant using the Dutch migration test papers and sponge-blotter system to monitor and control moisture levels while performing a remoistenable tissue repair on a didactic iron gall ink document
© Practice-in-Conservation.
Figure 2. Workshop participant using the Dutch migration test papers and sponge-blotter system to monitor and control moisture levels while performing a remoistenable tissue repair on a didactic iron gall ink document

Workshop overview

The Canadian Conservation Institute is pleased to host the Iron Gall Ink: Decision Making and Treatment Practices workshop. This Advanced Professional Development (APD) event will incorporate 20 years of international research in the chemistry, degradation and treatment of metallo-gallic inks, and use it as the basis for informed treatment decisions and risk evaluation. It will present new tools and techniques for treatment, including instructions by Eliza Jacobi based on Practice-In-Conservation’s Local Repairs on Iron Gall Ink workshop. It is structured as one day of lectures followed by three days of hands-on laboratory workshop.

In The three-day workshop, participants will

The workshop will wrap up with a discussion on the risk and benefits of a range of treatment options using several difficult case studies. The aim is to help participants decide to treat or not to treat, as well as to develop treatment plans.

The content of this workshop is developed in collaboration between Eliza Jacobi of Practice-In-Conservation, and CCI, and it is based on combined years of conservation practice, research, experimentation, literature review and observations.

Lecture day
State of knowledge in iron gall ink research and treatment techniques
Workshop day 1
Dutch Fe-migration mending test, remoistenable tissue and the sponge-blotter system
Workshop day 2
Phytate treatment – traditional and controlled moisture
Workshop day 3
Case studies, risk benefit of treatments and treatment planning

Learning objectives

Workshop participants will

Lecture day participants will

Webinar participants will

Options and costs

First option

Lecture day and three-day workshop, November 6-9, 2017 (C $750 (includes HST) for all participants)

A maximum of 16 participants will be selected. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

Cost includes the workshop manual, refreshments on all days and lunches on days 2 to 4.

Second option

One-day lecture, November 6, 2017 (C$200 (includes HST) for all participants)

The lecture day can accommodate 50 participants. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

Includes refreshments.

Third option

One-hour livestream November 6, 2017 from 9 to 10 a.m. (CAN$50 (includes HST))

Applications

Who can apply and selection criteria

The three-day workshop is designed for early- or mid-career, practicing paper and archival conservators. Consideration will depend on:

  • Demand – demonstrable present or future stewardship of iron gall ink items or collections
  • Training – ability to share gained knowledge with others
  • Experience - perceived lack of knowledge on care of iron gall ink items
  • Balance of institutional and private practice conservators
  • Number of registrants from a single organization

Materials and supplies

Participants to the three-day workshop will be provided with sample artifacts and a basic range of supplies for workshop sessions. We would encourage you to bring with you:

  • apron or labcoat and safety glasses
  • a digital camera
  • a flash drive with digital images of problematic iron gall ink items you have encountered, or that exist in your collection (pdfs or powerpoint slides) – for discussion.

How to Apply

To the three-day workshop and lecture day

To apply for the Iron Gall Ink lecture day and three-day workshop, please send an email to pch.ICCservices-CCIServices.pch@canada.ca to request the application form. Once completed, please send the form back to pch.ICCservices-CCIServices.pch@canada.ca.

A waiting list will be established once the maximum number of participants has been selected.

Confirmation of acceptance will be sent out by the end of September.

To the webinar

To apply for the one-hour livestream, please send an email to pch.ICCservices-CCIServices.pch@canada.ca. In your email, please provide your name, contact information as well as any experience you may have working with iron gall ink.

Payment

Once your registration has been confirmed, you will be contacted by phone to process the payment. The payment must be provided in Canadian funds by credit card (American Express, MasterCard, or VISA).

Canadian federal government employees must provide IS Reference Codes or a commitment number, department code and cost centre.

Refunds

Requests to withdraw must be submitted in writing to CCI. Refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • a full refund less a C$25 administrative fee for requests received at least 21 days prior to the start of the workshop
  • a full refund less a C$50 administrative fee for requests received between 20 and 7 days prior to the start of the workshop
  • no refund for requests received less than 7 days prior to the start of the workshop

Exceptions to this refund policy may be made in the event of insurmountable difficulties in attending the workshop.

Cancellation

CCI reserves the right to cancel this workshop if the minimum enrolment requirement is not met 30 days prior to the event. In such cases, CCI will refund the full registration fee, but will not be responsible for any transportation, housing, loss of income, or other costs that may have been incurred by the participants.

Additional Information

Please contact CCI if you require additional information.

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