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Conservation Treatment: Bytown Museum

Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the Bytown Museum explores the stories of an evolving city and its residents from its first inhabitants and the early days as Bytown to present day Ottawa.

“The conservation of this ambrotype permits the museum to finally be able to include this beautiful photograph of a young Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in an exhibition.”
–    The Bytown Museum

Ambrotype Photograph entitled, “Prince Edward Albert, c. 1860” glass, collodion, silver particles, brass passe-partout and frame

Before Treatment: The ambrotype was in pieces and the original case lost. The glass was broken into three pieces. Small emulsion flakes had peeled from the edges

After Treatment: The glass surface and shards were cleaned and the glass shards were put back together. The glass plate was fixed, and a new glass plate was placed over the original for protection

Preserving our Past: A Conservation Project