Canadian Conservation Institute Workshop: Display Cases

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Lambton Heritage Museum

10035 Museum Road

Grand Bend, Ontario N0M 1T0


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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 and appeal to a broad range of individuals.

This Preservation of Collections workshop on display cases is hosted by the Lambton Heritage Museum, near Grand Bend, Ontario.

Course overview

Display cases, if well designed, can be used to control the environmental conditions (e.g. relative humidity and pollutants) around valuable and vulnerable collections, and can help reduce the risks of damage to the objects on display (e.g. from light, theft and vandalism). These controls, however, present designers with a challenge of maintaining several performance specifications while developing a display that highlights particular objects and tells their story. Due to the varying functions display cases may have to fulfill, many questions still persist about museum case design for designers, conservators and museum professionals alike, such as:

  • Should I retrofit existing display cases and, if so, how?
  • Are there sustainable approaches to display case design?
  • Why can I not use certain materials? Are there design solutions to these problems?
  • How tight is tight enough when it comes to air leakage? How do I measure it?
  • When do I need extra materials in the case, like humidity buffers and scavengers? How much?
  • What are the advantages of creating a microenvironment within the case, rather than controlling humidity and pollutants at the room level?
  • Do new lighting technologies change the old rules about case lighting?
  • How do I communicate my requirements to the other specialists involved in the design and fabrication of display cases?

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will have an increased understanding of many factors related to museum display cases, including:

  • The effect of relative humidity, light and pollutants on objects, and mitigation of the related risks.
  • Issues related to retrofitting existing display cases.
  • Specifications for display case design and fabrication, based on the need of objects or lender conditions and budget allowed.
  • Balance between preservation, access and visibility, as well as sustainability and cost.

Date & Time

This two day workshop runs Wednesday & Thursday June 7 & 8, 2017 from 9am - 4pm daily. The museum opens at 8:30am 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. If you would prefer, we can also issue an invoice and take payment by cheque. Contact the museum for additional details.

Registration before Wednesday May 17th is encouraged as the workshop must have at least 10 participants before this date to go forward. Registrations can be processed online until one week before the event, Wednesday May 31st.

Location & Transportation

The Lambton Heritage Museum is located in the municipality of Lambton Shores and the County of Lambton. We're across the road from the Pinery Provincial Park and 8km down the road from the beach town of Grand Bend.

The museum is approximately a 1 hour drive from London, Ontario and a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto. Please note that due to the semi-remote location of the museum, it is not accessible by public transportation. Parking at the museum is free.


Jean Tétreault and Eric Hagan



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 5pm in downtown Grand Bend at Midori's. Meet up over delicious stir-fry and sushi to catch up with fellow workshop attendees. This event is pay your own way, but we'll make a reservation for a group table.


Nearby Grand Bend is home to a variety of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. Grand Bend Tourism maintains a list of options. Tourism Sarnia-Lambton also lists accommodation found throughout Lambton Shores.


In Lambton County you’ll find tropical blue waters with abundant soft sandy beaches, rare natural habitats, diverse agricultural offerings and unique geological formations. Inland attractions include a rich legacy of Victorian era architecture, ambiance and historic sites. Scenic drives throughout the County reveal acres of fresh working farms, road side stands, markets and unspoiled green spaces.


For additional information or general inquiries please contact:

Lois Gilmour
Curator/Supervisor of Museums

519 243-2600 extension 3151

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