Former Queen's conservator honoured for archival work

Post Date:
Jun 21, 2019

Queen’s University Library wishes to congratulate former Queen’s conservator Margaret Bignell, who was recently awarded the 2019 Alexander Fraser Award from the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) for her significant contributions to the advancement of the archival community in Ontario.

Bignell, who retired in 2018 after more than 30 years at the Queen’s Archives, served for many years on the conservations/preservation committee of the AAO and was an active member of Archives Emergency Response Network (AERN) since its inception. Under Bignell’s supervision, the Queen’s Archives was one of the regional depots for the AAO’s Thermohygrograph Program. Bignell also served for many years on the Canadian Council on Archives Preservation Committee and was an incredible ambassador of the archives and the conservation profession.

“Anyone who had the opportunity to interact with Margaret quickly discovered how generous she was with her time, how patient she was with the barrage of questions that inevitably came her way, and how knowledgeable she was about conservation and preservation in archives,” said her nominators.

Bignell is the second conservator to win the Alexander Fraser Award. Three university archivists from Queen’s Archives have won the award in the past: Anne MacDermaid (1989), Shirley Spragge (1993), and Paul Banfield (2001). Bignell holds a BFA’75 from Queen’s, and graduated in 1977 from the Queen’s Master of Art Conservation program. In addition to her work in the Archives, Bignell taught paper conservation in the Conservation program.

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