One of the more common questions she’s asked at the Lambton County Archives is how to preserve memorabilia, Nicole Aszalos says.
“We all have our own archives at home,” the archivist and archives supervisor said. “We have images of us as children, adults and our grandparents — all of that.”
She’s one of two speakers appearing at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery this month for Art & Ideas talks, tying in with the museum’s current 10th anniversary Re View exhibition.
The first Nov. 4-Jan. 21 exhibition in the year-and-a-half series includes a look at the photography of J.S. Thom, who built the 1893 Thom building that’s housed the gallery for the past decade.
Aszalos’ Nov. 17 talk, Archiving Memories, is billed as delving into the evolution of different photography technology types, including those Thom used, and what’s known about how they degrade over years and strategies for helping make them last.
“We all have those meaningful documents and photos and items to us that we want to preserve,” Aszalos said.
Tintype photography, for instance, will show embossed fingerprints after decades while acetate negatives are inherently self-destructive, she said.
Still, there are strategies to get around some of those shortcomings, she noted.
“To still preserve them (for a while), even if it’s not ideal.”
A second Art & Ideas talk featuring heritage planner Jack Mallon is set for Nov. 24.
His session will focus, in part, on the evolution of the Thom building’s renovations for the gallery, which incorporated Victorian and modernist styles, a gallery news release stated. Mallon is also expected to discus the 1953 Sarnia tornado, its impact on downtown commercial Victorian architecture and the subsequent urban renewal, the release added.
Both free talks begin at 7 p.m., and people can register at jnaag.ca, under the Lecture Series: Art & Ideas section.