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Here at Museum Strathroy-Caradoc we have had a very busy summer so far even though it seems like it just started! We are working on two projects right now that have created much interest in the community.
Sir Arthur Currie Project: As some of you already know, we were awarded a grant from the federal government in order to fund the creation of a travelling exhibit about one of Strathroy’s most famous natives, General Sir Arthur Currie. This exhibit will highlight Currie’s life as he lived it in Strathroy, his efforts in World War One and his life in Montreal. We are currently working with our partners to create a semblance of a “creeping barrage,” one of the military tactics for which Currie was reknowned. A creeping barrage is an artillary barrage that slowly “creeps” up the field of battle towards the enemy lines. The primary usage of the creeping barrage is to create cover for the soon-to-be advancing soldiers rather then kill enemy troops. For a history of how the creeping barrage was used, click here!
R.S. Williams Collection: As mentioned previously in a blog posting in November, the R.S. Williams Collection was discovered above a local business in Strathroy, ON. Since its discovery, we have received $1000 from the provincial government in order to help clean and properly store the negatives. Using guides from the Canadian Conservation Institute, we will be cleaning and storing the first 1000 negatives. Varying in size, these negatives will be cleaned using a 4-step process. Using three wash tubs, the neagtives will be placed in three different solutions: distilled water, distilled water and ethanol, and distilled water and PhotoFlo. The distilled water is used so that minerals from regular do not damage the emulsion on the glass. The ethanol helps to remove any dirt or grime that has affixed itself to the emulsion and/or glass over the years. Finally, the PhotoFlo helps to prevent streaking. Once the negatives have been treated in all three formulas, they are placed vertically in a drying rack, being careful to lean only the glass side of the negative against the rack. This whole process will take about 8 1/2 hours per negative.