Betty Walsh

Archival Conservator (Retired)

Betty Walsh has worked as a conservator at the BC Archives and the Royal BC Museum since 1982. Before joining the archives, she worked at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Betty has researched and implemented conservation methods, and her article “Salvage of Water Damaged Archival Collections” is used widely around the world. She has also refined methods for identifying unstable films and implemented the cold storage of unstable photographs in household freezers at the Royal BC Museum.

Betty has given presentations to many archival and museum groups, and to the general public.


Master of art conservation, Queen’s University

Bachelor of fine arts degree, studio art, Concordia University

BA, history, University of British Columbia

Areas of Interest

Conservation of paper and photographs

Disaster planning and recovery

Cold storage of unstable photographs

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