Ren­o­va­tions be­gun to pro­tect Car­roll­croft

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

No­tonly has work be­gun on the out­side of the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum in re­cent weeks, but big im­prove­ments to what’s go­ing on inside Caroll­croft are also un­der way, thanks to two grants that the mu­seum was re­cently awarded, both from Cana­dian Her­itage.

The first pos­i­tive grant an­swer came in the sum­mer from the Mu­seum As­sis­tance Pro­gram of Cana­dian Her­itage for a Col­lec­tion Man­age­ment project. “They ac­cepted our project Mise en place de logi­ciel de ges­tion de la col­lec­tion “Past Per­fect” et ame­nage­ment de l’en­tre­posage de la col­lec­tion. We’ll be in­stalling new soft­ware for col­lec­tion man­age­ment and re-or­ga­niz­ing the stor­age sys­tem of the col­lec­tion,” ex­plained the mu­seum’s di­rec­tor and cu­ra­tor, Chloe Southam.

Pa­trick Le­Brun, the mu­seum’s tech­ni­cian, has been as­signed to lead the project, un­der Ms. Southam’s su­per­vi­sion, and another tech­ni­cian will be hired in the spring to as­sist in the ex­ten­sive work to record de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about all of the mu­seum’s arte­facts. That in­for­ma­tion in­cludes the na­ture, the state of preser­va­tion, stor­age rec­om­men­da­tions and a pho­to­graph of roughly 14,000 his­toric ob­jects. “This will im­prove the stor­age sys­tem, make the col­lec­tion more ac­ces­si­ble, and make sure it is pre­served in the best way pos­si­ble. It will also make re­search eas­ier,” said Ms. Southam. The grant for that Work­ers have be­gun to re­place the ag­ing as­phalt shin­gle roof of Car­roll­croft with a thick pro­tec­tive mem­brane which will be fol­lowed by steel roof tiles. project is for $48,448.00.

The mu­seum’s sec­ond grant, which it re­ceived in the fall, is from the Cana­dian Fund for Cul­tural Spa­ces, also from Cana­dian Her­itage. That grant will be used for two dif­fer­ent proj-

ects: to re­move the roof shin­gles from Car­roll­croft and re­place them with steel roof tiles; and to fin­ish the new archival space in the base­ment, un­der the so­lar­ium. The amount of that grant is $142,400.

“We’ve had is­sues of leak­age in the past so it was ur­gent to work on the roof. The idea is to re­move the as­phalt shin­gles, put a mem­brane on the roof and then the steel roof tiles which will re­flect the her­itage of Car­roll­croft. Those tiles are sup­posed to last fifty years. The roof was a dan­ger to the struc­ture of the build­ing and to the col­lec­tion, so re­plac­ing it was an es­sen­tial need of the house,” said the di­rec­tor. The work on the roof be­gan a few weeks ago and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by next spring. The prepara­tory work will be long as the large roof must first be evened out. Two of the mu­seum’s Board mem­bers, Pierre Fon­taine and Harry Is­brucker, are su­per­vis­ing the roof con­struc­tion work.

The sec­ond project, to com­plete the archival space, in­cludes in­stalling the elec­tric­ity and a mo­bile stor­age sys­tem, shelv­ing that can move and that max­i­mizes stor­age space. All of the mu­seum’s ar­chives will be stored in the new area rather than at sev­eral lo­ca­tions around the build­ing. “The new room will meet the high­est stan­dards and have a cli­mate con­trol sys­tem, keep­ing the ar­chives in the best en­vi­ron­ment. It will also be a repos­i­tory for other or­ga­ni­za­tions, and if some­one wants to do­nate some archival ma­te­rial, they will know that it will be stored prop­erly,” added Ms. Southam.

“We’re very grate­ful for this support from Cana­dian Her­itage. I was very con­cerned with the peren­nity of the col­lec­tion; we need to take care of it,” she con­cluded.

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