Returning life to your treasured artefacts

About Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation

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Established in 2002, Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation works with collectors, small and large museums and archives, antiquities dealers and galleries to repair, restore, stabilize and preserve books, works of art on paper, vintage posters, maps, fine art prints, photographs, archival materials, and paper based artifacts. Whether it is reversing dis-colourations and stains, removing dirt and cleaning, repairing tears and in-filling loses, removing old repairs and tape, returning suppleness, repairing a binding, rebinding a book, or recreating lost media Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation returns life to your treasures while maintaining historical integrity and value. Owner Kyla Ubbink also provides preservation consultation services to carry out risk assessments, collection surveys and mould assessment, as well as, preparing preservation plans for storage and exhibit. Keep an eye out for Mrs. Ubbink upcoming lectures and workshops regarding how to care for and maintain collections, or book her today to speak to your community group or heritage establishment. 

Kyla Ubbink – Owner/Accredited Archival 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, Parks Canada, Foreign Affairs Canada, Library of Parliament, Privy Council, and numerous university, archive, rare book, and art gallery collections. Mrs. Ubbink obtained professional accreditation through the Canadian Association for Professional Conservators in 2010, has served on the board of directors of the Canadian Association for the Conservation of Cultural Property and has been a part time professor of Cultural Preservation for Algonquin College’s Archives and Records Management Program since 2007.  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.


  Peter Turton – Photographic Restorer

Working for both the high school paper and local paper, photography captured Peter Turton’s heart from an early age. Obtaining a diploma from the New York Institute of Photography, Peter apprenticed with both Yosef and Malek Karsh in New York and Ottawa. After running a photographic studio in Ottawa, specializing in portraits and restoration work, Peter took a career change and began working in the plastics industry becoming a Moulding and Robotics Engineer. In 1998 Peter Turton returned to school, completing the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College, and after updating his restoration skills, began offering photographic restoration services with Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation. Mr. Turton has worked on photographs for the City of Ottawa Archives, Ottawa Jewish Archives, the Canadian War Museum, the Bank of Canada Archives, and for many galleries and private collectors.