Project type: Workshop on Conservation
Workshop started: 2017
About the project and the workshop: The workshop enables participants to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in paper, metal and textile conservation. Documentation and scientific analysis (optical microscopy & XRF, XRD analysis) will also be presented. The participants will document original materials and work on replicas. Visit to the Ecclesiastical Museum, Archive and Library of Zakynthos as well as to the world famous Shipwreck (Navagio) beach. Optional tours to the top beaches of the island.
Artifacts & monuments in the project's focus: replicas and objects from ecclesiastical and folklore museums in Greece
Project venue & accommodation: Ionian University - Division Conservation of Antiquities & Works of Art(I.U). Participants stay in a beachfront hotel in Zakynthos, located 8-10 min, by bus to the Ionian University.
BHF partners in this project: Ionian University - Division Conservation of Antiquities & Works of Art. and New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
Academic coordinator: Asst. Prof. Christos Karydis (Conservator, Ionian University)
Field school coordinators: Dr Angela Pencheva (Balkan Heritage Foundation & Field School Program Manager) and Asst. Prof. Christos Karydis (Conservator, Ionian University)
Asst. Professor Dr. Christos Karydis - Conservator, Ionian University
Dr Nikolas Sarris - Conservator of paper & archive materials, National Library of Greece
Ms. Adamantia Panagopoulou - Conservator of Antiquities; MSc – PhD researcher in archaeological materials in 'NCRS Demokritos' National Research Institute & Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Аsst. Prof. Panagiota Manti - Ionian University
Field school sessions available:
Application deadlines: until the places are filled or 10 April 2020
Minimum length of stay: one week
Minimum age: 18
Number of field school places available: maximum 12
Experience required: None
Special considerations: Note: Citizens of the EU, EEA, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand do not need an entry visa for Greece. Citizens of countries not mentioned above should check in advance whether they will need entry visas for the country. The cost of any visas is not included in the price of the field school!
In 2020, the Workshop for Interventive & Preventive Conservation of Textiles, Paper & Metal will again be hosted by the Ionian University - Division Conservation of Antiquities & Works of Art in Zakynthos island (Greece). It provides a unique opportunity for students and volunteers to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience on the conservation and preservation of organic and inorganic artifacts. Participants will be guided through the history and technology of ecclesiastical, historical and ethnographic textiles, papers and metal objects and consequent stages of their study, conservation and documentation. Both the theoretical and practical courses will take place at the labs of the Division Conservation of Antiquities & Works of Art at the Ionian University. During the project weeks, participants will work with authentic and replicas of textiles, archival materials and metal objects. The project includes three modules: practical work in the documentation and restoration of textiles, paper and metal; lectures, training, study visits and excursions to the General Archives of Zakynthos (paper), to the Ecclesiastical Museum of St. Dionysious (textiles) and one day trip to the famous Shipwreck at Navagio (metal).
Refer to the Course description and Workshop agenda below.
By the end of the workshop the participants will:
All participants will receive:
NB! Students who need to prepare conservation reports and presentations for their universities can receive additional instruction and assistance. Students applying for academic credit hours must take an exam.
The course consists of three separate educative modules depending on the subject in their focus: 1) PAPER, 2) METAL, 3) TEXTILES. Each of them consists of approx. 33 hours of lectures, workshops and study visits to significant sites on the island of Zakynthos.
Arrival and check-in by 7.30 pm
Presentation of the Division Conservation of Antiquities & Works of Art, Balkan Heritage Field School, the project and the participants. Ice-breakers and orientation. LECTURES, WORKSHOPS and Zakynthos Downtown Tour.
Lectures and workshops in the area of paper conservation.
Lectures and workshops in the area of chemistry for conservators and paper conservation.
Visit to the historic Public Library and the General Archives of Zakynthos.
Lecturers: Dr Nikolas Sarris & Аss. Prof. Panagiota Manti
Departure for the students registered for only the paper conservation week.
Arrival day for the participants in the metal conservation week
Lectures and workshops in the area of the metal conservation.
Visit to the world famous Navagio(the shipwreck and the beach).
Lecturers: Ms. Adamantia Panagopoulou
Departure day for the participants in the metal conservation week
Arrival day for the participants in the textile conservation week
Lectures and workshops in the area of textile conservation.
Visit of the Ecclesiastical Museum of Holy Monastery of St. Dionysos.
Lecturer: Asst. Professor Dr. Christos Karydis & Аsst. Prof. Panagiota Manti
Departure. Check-out by 12.30 pm
How to get there?
The Greek island of Zakynthos or Zante in the Ionian Sea is a very popular summer destination in Europe. The island is located less than 10 mi away from the coast of Peloponnese. The island has one airport: Zakynthos International Airport which connects it with numerous Greek (Athens, Thessaloniki, Crete etc) and international airports and two harbors. The main harbor is located in the town of Zakynthos - from there start all ferries to the neighboring islands and to the port of Kyllini in the mainland Greece. Normally tourists arrive by car or by bus to Zakynthos through Kyllini. For more information, please check the timetable of Levante Ferries.
Accommodation*: In the seafront hotel Strada Marina, in the center of the town of Zakynthos (Zante), in comfortable rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, Wi-Fi, a/c and a fridge). Laundry service and free Wi-Fi are available at the hotel. Participants are not expected to bring any additional equipment, bedclothes or towels. Single rooms are available upon request for the supplement of 200 EUR per week. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 50 EUR (per night per person).
*Subject to change. May be substituted with similar level accommodation.
Meals: The admission fee covers only breakfast. Lunches and dinners are not included. The prices of the inexpensive and mid-ranged restaurants vary between 10 - 20 Euros for a three-course menu.
Free time: Zakynthos offers a lot of opportunities for sports and entertainment. Possible leisure activities during the siesta and days off are: swimming, sunbathing, surfing, scuba diving, fishing, sailing.
Participants can visit the most famous landmark of the island Navagio beach, the numerous natural "Blue Caves", cut into cliffs around Cape Skinari, the mountain village Keri is located in the far south of the island.
Insurance: The admission fee does not cover insurance. It is mandatory to arrange your own health insurance before your trip to Greece. All EU citizens can use Greek medical services as long as they can provide evidence of their home-country health insurance with a card/certificate, etc.
Weather: South-European (Transitional Mediterranean to Continental) climate with hot summers (30-40° C) dominates in the region. Rainy and chillier days in this season are not uncommon.
What to bring?
NB! All the tools and materials needed for the workshops will be provided by the organizers!
The Admission fee includes: educational and fieldwork activities, B&B accommodation (hotel + breakfast per day), tools, materials, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.
The price in USD is for orientation. Please check current exchange rates!
Super Early Bird Admission fee for two week project session is 1999 EUR (approx. 2230 USD)
Super Early Bird Admission fee for three week project session is 2729 EUR (approx. 3045 USD)
Early Bird Admission fee for one week project session is 1249 EUR (approx. 1395 USD)
Early Bird Admission fee for two week project session is 2099 EUR (approx. 2345 USD)
Early Bird Admission fee for three week project session is 2899 EUR (approx. 3235 USD)
Regular Admission fee for one week project session is 1399 EUR (approx. 1560 USD)
Regular Admission fee for two week project session is 2299 EUR (approx. 2565 USD)
Regular Admission fee for three week project session is 3199 EUR (approx. 3570 USD)
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Note, 5% of every admission fee for this project directly supports the Balkan Heritage Protection Fund's activities!
New Bulgarian University grants 3/6/9 ECTS credits to students for attending the one/two/three week sessions. Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee. For details: Regulations for obtaining Transcripts of Records.