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New materials for safeguarding cultural heritage

The workshop will summarise state-of-the-art in the research of new materials for safeguarding of cultural heritage in order to improve and up-to-date mutual information about scientific achievements and capacity of research facilities in the pre-Accession to the EU countries and will support transition of this information to the EU countries as well as to the countries of Community’s external policy interests. It will help to select themes for medium term courses and joint or concerted research in this field and will gather data on relevant national and international funding possibilities. The workshop is aimed to influence cultural heritage research orientation and training of teachers necessary for a sound economic and social local or regional development. All this will be used for relevant networking and twinning arrangements and links among pre-Accession to the EU countries, as well as, between them and the EU countries in the area of cultural heritage research.

Description of the contents, the workplan, the steps, the approach or the methodology

Because of deterioration of cultural and historic monuments caused by negative effects of environment and lack of systematic care, there are high demands on conservation and restoration of objects of cultural heritage.

The aim of the work package is a qualified development and testing of new or modified means and technologies for protection and restoration of selected materials of cultural and historic monuments. Products and materials will be comprehensive tested and compared to existing and traditional alternatives. The interaction between the old and new conservation materials and methods will be evaluated. Development will be aimed primarily on metallic materials and their protective systems of moveable and immovable objects of cultural heritage (cleaning, degreasing, deconservation, pasivation, inhibition and others).

Planned surveys of tested products with defined characteristics and technologies of application and methods for quality evaluation of conservation (restoration) will be reviewed. Scientific demonstration conservation on typical monuments will be considered and discussed, too.

The topics will further include traditional against new conservation materials, smart materials, composites for consolidation, materials for transfer or replicas of artistic objects, etc.

Workshop will deal with methods of parallel testing and evaluation of selected products and technologies, common demonstration, restoration projects.


Boue, A (D); Cardon, A (B); Feodorov, V (RO); Kafka, V (CZ); Mach, M (D); Michoinová, D (CZ); Minster, J (CZ); Neri, A (I); Römich, H (D); Rovnaníková, P (CZ); Starovičová, M (SK); Vignoli, A (I); Yanakiev, Y (BG)


Content of Workshop proceedings

National Presentations - State of the Art Reports
Austria: New Materials for Safeguarding Cultural Heritage, Report about the State of the Art in Austria J. Weber
Belgium: New Materials for Safeguarding Cultural Heritage A. Naeyer
Czech Republic: New Materials for the Protection of Cultural Heritage D. Michoinová
Estonia: Materials Used in Conservation of Painted Wooden Objects in Estonia K. Sibul
Finland: Restauration of Wooden Structures J. Pentinmikko
France: Research in the Field of Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication A. Brandt-Grau
Germany: The Situation in Germany: Overview on Activities in Cultural Heritage, with Special Respect to New Materials H. Römich
Greece: State of the Art Report, Research into the Protection and Conservation of Cultural Heritage V. Argyropoulos
Hungary: New Materials and Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage Z. Wierdl
Ireland: New Materials For Conservation And Safeguarding Cultural Heritage J. Bolton
Israel: Assessment Of The Durability Of Two Natural Stones Intended For The Conservation Of The Historical Masonry Sea Wall In The Old Town of Acre I. Wasserman
Italy: New Materials for Strengthening and Seismic Upgrading Interventions A. Borri, M. Corradi, A. Vignoli
Latvia: New Materials for Conservation of Stone Monuments in Latvia I. Sidraba
Lithuania: Use of New Materials in a Restoration A. Samukiene
Poland: State of Art - Poland, A Brief History of a Development of Polish Conservation Idea K. Wantuch-Jarkiewicz
Portugal: Restoration of Capella da Nossa Senhora do Monte Old Goa L. S. Marreiros
Romania: New Materials for Safeguarding Cultural Heritage M. Opreanu
Spain: State of the Art Report – Spain B. de Tapol
United Kingdom: The Research Work Approach of Technical Conservation, Research and Education Group (TCRE), Historic Scotland I. Maxwell