Project type: Workshop and course on Conservation
Workshop started: 2017
About the project and the workshop: The workshop will enable participants to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in textile, paper and metal 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: Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands - Division Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art, Zakynthos (TEI). Participants stay in a beachfront hotel in Zakynthos, located 8-10 min, by bus to TEI.
BHF partners in this project:Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands - Division Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art and New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
Workshop director: Asst. Prof. Christos Karydis (Conservator, TEI of Ionian Islands)
Field school coordinators: Dr Angela Pencheva (Balkan Heritage Foundation & Field School Program Manager) and Asst. Prof. Christos Karydis (Conservator, TEI of Ionian Islands)
Asst Prof. Christos Karydis - Conservator of works of art, Lecturer at the TEI of Ionian Islands & University of the Aegean
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 & Lieden University in the Netherlands.
Dr. Artemis Oikonomou, Physics, Lecturer, TEI of Ionian Islands
Field school sessions available:
Combinations of two one week sessions are also available:
Application deadlines: until the places are filled or 1 May 2018
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 2018 the Workshop for Interventive & Preventive Conservation of Textiles, Paper & Metal will be hosted for a second time by the Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands (TEI) - Division of Conservation of Cultural Heritage 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 TEI of Ionian Islands. During the two 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 willing to obtain academic credit hours have to take a test exam.
The course consists of three separate educative modules depending on the subject in their focus: 1) PAPER, 2) TEXTILE, 3) METAL. 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
A pick-up can be arranged from the Zakynthos airport upon request.
Presentation of the TEI, 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 chemistry for conservators and paper conservation.
25.05. Visit to the historic Public Library and the General Archives of Zakynthos.
Lecturers: Dr Nikolas Sarris & Dr. Artemis Oikonomou
Departure for the students signed only for the paper conservation week.
27 May arrival day for the participants in the textile conservation week
28 May - 1 June Lectures and workshops in the area of the textile conservation.
2 June departure for the students who are not signed up in the metal conservation week
Lecturer: Dr Christos Karydis
3 June - arrival for the participants in the metal conservation week
4-8 June - Lectures and workshops in the area of metal conservation.
Visit of the Ecclesiastical Museum of Holy Monastery of St. Dionysos.
Lecturers: Ms. Adamantia Panagopoulou
Visit to the worldfamous Navagio (the shipwreck and the beach).
Lecturer: Ms. Adamantia Panagopoulou
Departure. Check-out by 12.30 pm
A drop-off can be arranged to the Sofia airport,
A drop-off can be arranged to the Zakynthos airport.
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, air-conditioning 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).
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?
The Admission fee includes: educational and fieldwork activities, B&B accommodation (hotel + breakfast per day), tools, materials, project Handbook, 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 one week project session is 1214 EUR / approx. 1457 USD
Super Early Bird Admission fee for two week project session is 1955 EUR / approx. 2346 USD
Super Early Bird Admission fee for three week project session is 2720 EUR/ approx. 3264 USD
Early Bird Special - by January 31, 2018:
Early Bird Admission fee for one week project session is 1214 EUR / approx. 1457 USD
Early Bird Admission fee for two week project session is 2069 EUR / approx. 2483 USD
Early Bird Admission fee for three week project session is 2879 EUR/ approx. 3455 USD
The Regular Admission fee for one week project session is 1349 EUR / approx. 1618 USD
The Regular Admission fee for two week project session is 2299 EUR / approx. 2759 USD
The Regular Admission fee for three week project session is 3199 EUR / approx. 3839 USD
Admission Fee Transfer Options:
- Bank transfer
- Online transfers via the Balkan Heritage virtual POS Terminal VISA, MASTERCARD & MAESTRO cards are accepted.
For further information contact Admissions Office at [email protected]!
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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 starting from 141 EUR for three ECTS credits. For details please read carefully the Regulations for obtaining Transcripts of Records.