Morrin Centre part of province-wide Archaeology Month

Morrin Centre part of province-wide Archaeology Month

The Morrin Centre to be part of province-wide Archaeology Month for a second year in a row.

Quebec City, August 5, 2013 – A conservator’s work usually takes place in the lab, but sometimes they have to get wet. Conservator André Bergeron has had to take the plunge several times to help archaeologists preserve and document some of Quebec’s most intriguing underwater treasures – its shipwrecks.

Morrin-Centre-Library-QuebecOn August 21 (6 pm), André Bergeron will present a talk entitled Conservation and archaeology, two interacting disciplines as part of Archaeology Month. Using examples from the field, his talk at the historic Morrin Centre will illustrate the importance of conservation to archaeological research.

Since receiving a Masters in Art Conservation from Queen’s University in 1980, André Bergeron has worked at the archaeological and ethnological conservation lab at the Centre de conservation du Québec. His maritime heritage projects include the recovery and treatment of small boats discovered in 1984 on the construction site of the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City, artefacts recovered from the Lady Sherbrooke, and objects recovered from the 1690 Elizabeth and Mary shipwreck. He co-authored a book on his experiences, L’archéologue et la conservation, with France Rémillard in 2000. André Bergeron gives university lectures in museology and archaeology and speaks at a variety of conferences to explain the work of conservators to the general public.

Don’t miss this fascinating talk on Wednesday, August 21 in English at 6 pm (the talk will be repeated in French at 7 pm). Tickets are available at $3 for Morrin Centre members and $5 for non-members. Please purchase your ticket today by contacting the Morrin Centre at 418-694-9147.
Archeology Month is supported by a network of archaeology-related organizations, institutions and individuals who have joined forces to increase public awareness of Quebec’s archaeological heritage. In 2013, this annual celebration of archaeology will present over 100 activities hosted by 40 archaeologists and specialists in 54 locations.

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