Upcoming and Past Events

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Past Events:

Biennial University of Illinois Conservation Colloquium: The Iron Gall Ink Dilemma: To Treat or Not to Treat?

December 5-6, 2016, Champaign IL

Please join us for our second free conservation colloquium for mid-career conservators. This year’s colloquium will focus on the understanding and treatment of iron gall ink, led by Crystal Maitland, Conservator for Works of Art on Paper at the Canadian Conservation Institute. Day one (open to 70 participants) will be filled with lectures on the history, chemistry, identification, degradation, and treatment possibilities for iron gall ink, to be held at the iHotel on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus. For additional educational fun, interactivities associated with the  lectures will be interspersed throughout the day. Day two of the colloquium (open to 13 participants) will be held in the conservation laboratory at University of Illinois Library. It will be a full-day, hands-on workshop focusing on testing iron gall ink stability, creating phytate solutions and performing phytate treatment. Low moisture mending will be explored using remoistenable tissue and moisture levels will be monitored by using Dutch iron migration test kits. This symposium is free to all participants but space is limited.
This event is offered free of charge thanks to the gracious support of the University of Illinois Dean of Libraries, Friends of the Library, and a Workshop Development Grant through the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC).

**Please note** Preference for attendance in both days will be given to members of the AIC, however non-members are encouraged to attend day one and, as space allows, day two events.

Day One (Lecture, see schedule below) Day Two (small group workshop – FULL)
Monday, December 5th, 2016

8:30 am – 3 pm

IHotel & Conference Center ( website )

light breakfast and box lunch provided

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Velde Library Conservation Lab, University of Illinois ( website )

light breakfast and box lunch provided

To Register

To register for DAY ONE , please go to: http://go.library.illinois.edu/irongallink

Registration for Day Two is full.

Day One Schedule:


8:30-9:00 Registration & Coffee
8:55–9:00 Welcome, Opening Remarks
9:00–9:45 Lecture 1 – IGI History, chemistry, degradation, identification
9:45–10:15 Interactive 1 – Risk assessment / Bathophenanthroine indicator paper
10:15–10:30 Break
10:30–11:15 Lecture 2 – Chemical Treatment possibilities and risks
11:15–12:15 Lunch (Box lunch provided)
12:15–1:00 Lecture 3 – Physical Treatment possibilities and risks
1:00–1:15 Interactive 2 – Assessing quality of repairs
1:15–1:30 Break
1:30–2:15 Lecture 4 – Treatment case studies
2:15–3:00 Open Floor Discussion
3:00–5:00 OPTIONAL: Preservation Unit Open House; OR Tour of Conservation and Oak Street Library Facility
4:00–5:00 (Limited space) Guided Tour of Krannert Art Museum Exhibit: Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts by curators Maureen Warren and Anna Chen


Planning Your Stay in Champaign, IL

A block of rooms at the IHotel has been reserved for this event at the rate of $122/night, available on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure reservations at this rate, please book directly with the IHotel by November 4, 2016 ( website ) and mention the “Iron Gall Ink” event.

Speaker Bio

Crystal Maitland is the conservator of Works of Art on Paper at Canadian Conservation institute (CCI). Previously Crystal worked as the paper conservator at Sheridan Libraries and Museums of John Hopkins University. Crystal has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Art Conservation from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. She began investigating treatment methods for copper- rich iron gall ink documents in 2006 and has presented, published and peer-reviewed literature on the subject. Crystal gained extensive treatment experience caring for a range of collections containing iron gall ink documents in the Johns Hopkins University Archives and Special Collections. Crystal continues to research metals in paper, primarily the role of copper ions in the catalysis of paper degradation and the treatment methodologies that can permit care of such collections.