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Conservation Studio Workshop with Kristine Rose-Beers

March 21 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm EDT

An Introduction to the Use of Remoistenable Tissue for Conservation with Kristine Rose-Beers, ACR, Head of Conservation at the Chester Beatty, Dublin, Ireland

Join us for a workshop on remoistenable tissue for the repair of water-sensitive substrates:

· An intensive workshop for book and paper conservators who are familiar with library/archive and paper collections and have experience with preservation and conservation issues.

· Learn how remoistenable tissue has many applications, including the treatment of verdigris corrosion, iron-gall ink corrosion, and the repair of other water-sensitive substrates.

· Experiment with isinglass and methylcellulose adhesives and prepare remoistenable tissue.


10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break and a short morning coffee break. 


  • An introduction to remoistenable tissue; 
  • Looking at items from the collections at University of Toronto Libraries; 
  • Adhesive preparation. 


  • Remoistenable tissue preparation; 
  • Application techniques; 
  • Closing discussions. 


Kristine Rose-Beers ACR is Head of Conservation at the Chester Beatty in Dublin, Ireland, and an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON). She specialises in the conservation of Islamic manuscript material, with particular interest in the importance of materiality and codicology to contemporary conservation solutions. Kristine has taught and lectured internationally, and is a regular tutor at the Montefiascone Project in Italy. She is also a member of the Institute of Conservator-Restorers in Ireland (ICRI) and a member of the Board of Directors of The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA). 

This workshop is aimed towards book and paper conservators who are familiar with library/archive and paper collections and have some experience with preservation/conservation issues. This may also include more advanced book and/or paper conservators. Limited space can accommodate a maximum of 10 people. 

Workshop Details: 

Venue: John M. Kelly Library Conservation Studio, 113 St Joseph Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3C2  

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 

Duration: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Includes a one-hour lunch break and a short morning coffee break.  

Application Deadline: 11:30 p.m., Sunday March 5, 2023 

Fee: CA$ 225.00 (GST and materials are included) 


  • Participants will have access to the Kelly Library, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Participants will have to arrange their own transportation, accommodation, and meals. 
  • Participants should bring their own tools such as Japanese lining brushes, scalpels, Teflon and bone folders 

To apply: 

Please send a letter of interest (max. 300 words) to kellylibrary.administration@utoronto.ca no later than 11:30 p.m., Sunday March 5, 2023. Upon acceptance, we will contact you and assist you with the registration process for the workshop.  

Advanced payment is required upon registration to secure a place. 


  • Any original objects brought to the workshop are the sole responsibility of the participant. 
  • Participants must be mindful of the safe use of tools and the materials prepared for the duration of the workshop. 
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the workshop or any space housing artifacts.  
  • There may be photography while the workshop is taking place for marketing purposes. 
  • Photography of U of T collection materials is restricted.  

Workshop participants may also be interested in attending the Alway Symposium’s opening plenary, also being delivered by Kristine Rose-Beers. The 2023 symposium, “Sacred Book and Sacred Page in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Traditions,” opens with a talk by Kristine, “Threading, Folding, Binding across Traditions: Towards a Genealogy of Manuscript Materiality” on Sunday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. More information is available here.


March 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT
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