Bank of Canada conservator to share advice at 2018 Spring Show

Now that you’ve decided to start building a collection, one of the smartest things you can do is learn how to take proper care of your treasures.

Although that might sound like an obvious statement because there’s an abundance of available information, it can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. Should you use polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyethylene (PE) holders? What about acid-free or buffered paper?  Is the term “archival” an indication that the material is safe?

To help collectors quickly unravel these questions, the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show is pleased to announce Patricia Measures, collection manager and conservator at the Bank of Canada Museum (formerly known as Canada’s Currency Museum), will be a keynote presenter at the Spring Show on April 7.

“This talk will show that with a bit of thought and a small amount of effort, your collection can be preserved and protected,” Measures told Canadian Coin News (CCN).

“By assessing storage options, becoming aware of risks to materials, and making informed decisions, you can drastically improve the lifespan of your collection at little or no additional cost.”

Measures has been working as a conservator since 2001. She has experience working with objects made of a variety of materials, including metal, glass, ceramic, stone, wood and archival materials. She began her career with a Bachelor of Arts in archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University and then continued her education at Sir Sandford Fleming College with a diploma in collections conservation and management. She obtained her Master of Arts in art conservation educational equivalent in Los Angeles in 2004 while working for the Fowler Museum at the University of California.

Measures joined the Bank of Canada Museum in 2012 and has been providing guidance on collection preservation and conservation for the National Currency Collection.

Measures’ presentation on the Saturday of the two-day National Postage Stamp and Coin Show will be geared toward both numismatic and philatelic collectors. Admission is only $3, which includes full day access to the entire stamp and coin show.

For more details, look for the show’s program guide to be inserted inside CCN this March, or look for updates at

The National Postage Stamp and Coin Show is co-hosted by Canadian Stamp News and Canadian Coin News, a division of Trajan Publishing Corp.

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