Cloche Hat    Significance:     This hat was made in the small millinery shop of Lily Evans, which was established in Vancouver in 1923.  In the early part of the 20th century, millinery was a feasible way for a woman to make a living, requiring little capital or specific training. Milliners could re-trim last season’s hat, as well as sell this season’s model.  This hat was purchased in Vancouver by Mrs. D. McCaffrey, the wife of Dr. Peter McCaffrey of Aggassiz.   Date Range:  c. 1923 - 1935   Place of Manufacture:  Made by Lily Evans Millinery, Vancouver   Dimensions:  15.5 cm high, 19 cm diameter   Museum Location:  Storage   Catalog Number:  H993.39.7   Donor:  S. and Rory Wallace
Date Range: c. 1923 - 1935
Place of Manufacture: Made by Lily Evans Millinery, Vancouver, BC
Dimensions: 15.5 cm high, 19 cm diameter
Museum Location: Storage
Catalog Number: H993.39.7
Donor: S. and Rory Wallace

What is Museum Conservation?

In order to continue to enjoy and learn from artefacts in the Museum's Collection we must preserve them.

Over time artefacts may deteriorate or be damaged accidentally. A conservator is a specialist who can treat damaged objects, can care for them.  A conservator is a specialist who can slow deterioration through preventable conservation or treat damaged artefacts.

A conservator has training, knowledge and expertise to perform a variety of conservation activities within a specialty, for example, in paintings, textiles, or furniture. These include examinations and condition assessments of objects, treatments, documentation and preventive conservation.

Conservation Treatments

Conservation treatments are intended to stop ongoing damage, repair damages or reveal aesthetic, historical and other important qualities of the object.

A single treatment may have all of these purposes. For example, a torn silk dress may require fine hand stitching to attach it to a new backing fabric in order to stabilize it and to enhance its meaning and public appreciation.

There can be a range of treatment options for a given object and condition. Based on their training and experience, and guided by a Code of Ethics, conservators are able to propose how best to treat the object in a given situation, and how far a treatment should go.

Conservators produce written and photographic records of their work to document the condition of the object before and after a treatment, as well as the treatment itself. 

This information serves as a reference for the owner, custodian, researchers or future conservators.