Established in 2002, Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation provides professional conservation and restoration services to heritage institutions, art and antiquarian dealers, galleries, auction houses, collectors, and genealogists. Our experienced conservators outline both necessary and esthetic treatment options, prepare conservation treatment reports, carry out photographic documentation and offer recommendations for future storage and handling of the artifact. Working in a clean, climate-controlled environment the security, safety, integrity and value of your treasures is of the utmost importance to us.
Experts in preservation and preventative conservation, Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation’s consultation services identify and prioritize risks to artifacts outlining pragmatic solutions for mitigating deterioration resulting in a solid framework for preservation ensuring the longevity of collections. Our workshops and lectures for heritage professionals, volunteers, and the general public impart a practical knowledge of preventative conservation with immediately applicable skills.
Kyla Ubbink – Owner/Professional Conservator
Kyla Ubbink began her career through an internship with the Library and Archive Canada’s conservation laboratories in 2000 and subsequent contract positions through to 2005. Operating a private conservation studio since 2002, Mrs. Ubbink’s work has been integral to the collections of the Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of Natural History, Bank of Canada Archives, Ontario Office of the Surveyor General, Global Affairs, Parks Canada, Foreign Affairs Canada, Crown and Indigenous Relations – Indigenous Art Center, and numerous university, archive, rare book, and art gallery collections. Mrs. Ubbink served on the board of directors of the Canadian Association for the Conservation of Cultural Property and taught Cultural Preservation for Algonquin College’s Archives and Records Management Program from 2007 to 2019. She frequently provides lectures and workshops on preservation and conservation for professional conferences, has published several academic articles and recently served on a Canadian Standards Review Board to update the standard for Permanent Paper. She is a member of the Canadian Association for Cultural Property, the American Institute for Conservation, and the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.
Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation employs assistant conservators, technicians and administration staff as needed. Jessica Lau, MA in Art Conservation, is currently providing her services as a contract paper conservator; and Dumaresq DePencier is fulfilling the position of conservation technician.