The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia: World War I Colours Preservation

Conservators Ann Shaftel and Esther Methe stabilized the condition of 4 World War One original silk Colours. Working in a studio created for this project in a Government House royal bedroom, the shredding silk was stabilized for these precious historical artifacts. The Colours now are displayed in a place of honour in the grand entrance of Government House.  
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Sinclair Inn – Discovery of an 19th Century Canadian National Treasure

From 2014-2016 Ann Shaftel and her team of junior conservators and interns worked to remove the layers of wallpaper that obscured 1800s wallpaintings in this historic building dating from 1700s. The original structure was Acadian, and later additions created Sinclair Inn. This was an early Masonic meeting place  and the wall paintings show early Masonic iconography in the form of pillars, and other details. Just as layers of wall paper covered the paintings, there are layers of paintings, painte...
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New York City Conservation Workshop!

“All About Thangkas” workshop at TALAS in New York City. Conservation colleagues, textile artists, Buddhist meditators and a Rubin Museum of Art docent all came together for a full day of Keynotes, examining the fragile and unique thangka samples from Ann’s study collection, and open and intense discussion on conservation techniques.  
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Preservation of Treasures Workshop, March 2017

The Preservation of Treasures Workshop, concluded at Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India. Participants joined us from LTWA Library and Museum, Men-Tsee-Khang Medical and Astro-science Institute, Jamyang Choling Nunnery, Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery, Tibetan Museum, Institute of Thangka Art, Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, and Government of India Ministry of Culture in Dehli, with visitors from Tashi Jong Monastery and Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute...
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