Returning life to your treasured artefacts

About Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation

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Established in 2002, Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation provide professional services for heritage institutions, art and antiquarian dealers, galleries and collectors. Offering museum quality conservation, restoration, and preservation in a clean, climate-controlled environment, we pride ourselves on returning life to your treasured artefacts while maintaining their historical integrity and value.  

Our experienced conservators provide options that outline both necessary and aesthetic treatments, conservation treatment reports, photographic documentation and recommendations for future storage and handling. 

The security, safety, integrity and value of your artefacts is of the utmost importance to us. 

Kyla Ubbink – Owner/Accredited Archival Conservator

Starting as an intern at the Library and Archives Canada, and continuing as a contract conservator, Kyla Ubbink attended numerous workshops, carried out conservation treatments with their extremely knowledgeable staff, and had opportunities to co-author an article for the CAC Annual Journal and aid in the development of a collapsible book mount for travelling exhibits. In 2005, Kyla Ubbink went into private practice full time providing services for various national and local institutions, as well as collectors, genealogists and antiquarian merchants. Kyla Ubbink has worked on such notable pieces as unique WWII telegrams warning of the attack of Pearl Harbour, first edition Audubon prints, first edition prints by Albrecht Druer, original works of art by Andy Warhol, Sussanna Moodie, Pablo Picasso, Clarence Gagnon, Jules Lessore, as well as, many rare maps, books, prints, and posters.

Kyla Ubbink has served on the executive board of the Canadian Association for Conservation, teaches “Preservation: Principles and Practices” for Algonquin College’s Archives and Records Management program, has published articles on preserving family archival materials and conservation techniques, given lectures at conferences and provided workshops for a plethora of community groups and institutions. 

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.