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Canadian Conservation Institute Workshop: Environmental Guidelines

June 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Red and black text on a pink background reads CCI Regional Workshop Environmental Guidelines. June 5 & 6 Guelph Civic Museum Guelph, Ontario. There is a graphic of a white colonial building split in two, showing the contents of a stereotypical museum layout.

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) works with heritage professionals and institutions to help build capacity to conserve objects and collections. CCI offers a range of Regional Workshops which cover a variety of collections care and conservation subjects. This Preservation of Collections workshop on Environmental Guidelines is hosted at Guelph Civic Museum, in downtown Guelph, Ontario.

Course overview

This course is an introduction to the strategic preservation of collections against agents of deterioration, especially environmental ones, such as light, relative humidity, temperature and atmospheric pollutants. The workshop will be in the form of a traditional presentation, a group exercise, a visit to a storage facility and/or an exhibit and exercises using computerized equipment.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

·      understand preservation principles;

·      understand the effects of relative humidity, temperature, light and pollutants on objects;

·      quantify the degree of preservation of objects in a given environment; and

·      implement a preservation strategy based on an analysis of priorities, costs and benefits.

The workshop covers preservation principles and assessment, light, relative humidity and temperature, pollutants, collection assessment, and preservation through a costs and benefits analysis.

Date & Time

This two-day workshop runs Wednesday & Thursday June 5 & 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will open at 8:30 a.m Wednesday morning for workshop registration. Each day includes two 15 minute breaks and one 30 minute lunch.

Registration & Payment

You can register and pay through Eventbrite using Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Please contact the museum for additional details if you are unable to pay by credit card.

Registration before Wednesday, May 15 is encouraged as the workshop requires at least 10 participants before this date to go forward. Online registration will close on Wednesday, May 31.


Refunds cannot normally be issued except in the case of emergencies. Please contact the museum if you are unable to attend.

Location & Transportation

Guelph Civic Museum is located in downtown Guelph, Ontario. Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

The museum is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto depending on traffic. Guelph is directly accessible via GO Bus, GO Train, Via Rail and Greyhound Bus. The museum is located nearby many downtown Guelph Transit bus stops. Bike racks are available onsite. For more details visit Guelph Tourism or contact the museum.

Parking at the museum is free via our Cork Street lot. Additional day-long paid parking is available a 10 minute walk away at the downtown Baker Street lot.


The museum is fully accessible. Please contact the museum with any questions.


Stefan Michalski



Food & Refreshments

Each day we’ll provide coffee, tea, juice and a light snack in the morning and afternoon as well as a catered lunch (included in your registration fee). Please let us know of any dietary requirements when you register.

Dinner (Optional)

If you’re free, join us for dinner Wednesday night at 5 p.m. in downtown Guelph. Meet up over delicious food to catch up with fellow workshop attendees. This event is “pay your own way”, but we’ll make a reservation for a group table.


Guelph is home to a variety of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts. Tourism Guelph maintains a list of options. The University of Guelph also offers Summer Hostel Accommodation with discounts for visiting students.


Located in the heart of Wellington County, Guelph offers visitors and residents critically-acclaimed restaurants and accommodations, entertaining and educational activities, and a wide variety of shopping.

For additional information or general inquiries please contact:

Luke Stempien
Collections & Research Coordinator

[email protected]
519-822-1260 extension 2776



Civic Museum
52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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