The Ursula Surtees Regional Conservation Laboratory is a state-of-the-art Conservation Laboratory which is located on the ground floor of the Okanagan Heritage Museum.
Here, the Conservator cares for the Kelowna Museums Society’s artefact Collection and ensures that the museum environment is safe and secure. Maintaining best practice standards, the Conservator manages the Society’s Preventative Conservation Program and monitors the Museum’s internal environmental conditions and examines, documents, and appropriately treats artefacts in the Collection to ensure that they are safe from harm. The Conservator also participates in collections management, exhibitions, and education activities and is helping to develop conservation opportunities within the Society, city, and region.
As part of the Lab’s Regional Conservation Outreach Program, the Conservator also helps regional museums throughout BC care for their cultural heritage though the preservation and stabilization of their objects and museum environments.
The Ursula Surtees Regional Conservation Laboratory was officially opened in 2001 in honour of its namesake, Ursula Surtees, who served as the Curator and Director under the Kelowna Museums Society for many decades and who has provided a lasting legacy for the continued preservation and interpretation of Okanagan heritage.
Admission is by donation.