‘The long Journey has ended…the Need has only begun’.
The Nonsuch needs your help. Help us conserve its legacy.
In 1668, the original Nonsuch sailed into Hudson Bay in search of furs. The voyage not only led to the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company two years later, but was instrumental in establishing commerce in western Canada. Built in England to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1970, the Nonsuch is considered one of the finest replicas in the world.
The replicated ketch travelled 14,000 kilometres across open water before coming home to The Manitoba Museum. And forty years after her deck was built to support ten sailors in bare feet, the deck of the Nonsuch has been trod on by over four million pairs of feet – in shoes. And the wear and tear is starting to show.
In efforts to preserve collections for future generations, Nonsuch Conservation is an ongoing task where conservators fight a daily battle against dust, excess light, climate extremes, vandalism, gravity shifts, and pests of all kinds. The need to conserve this internationally revered artefact is critical.
The work of our conservation team is evident in virtually every aspect of the Museum. But what does a conservator actually do? A generation ago, the job consisted primarily of the restoration of museum objects to improve their stability and to help regain their original appearance. Today, their work emphasizes preventive and restorative measures, and relies on technically advanced solutions relating to the monitoring of storage and exhibition environments, air handling, integrated pest management, exhibit mounts and installation, as well as providing hands-on education and training to museum volunteers and interns.
This work is necessary, it is ongoing, it is critical and it is expensive. Please take a moment to donate today and help with the enormous, essential conservation work on our beloved Nonsuch. Give the past a future! We need your help to maintain this treasure for another forty years and beyond.