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 conservation. Documentation and scientific analysis (optical microscopy & UV, IR analysis) will also be presented. The participants will document original materials and work on replicas. Visit the Ecclesiastical Museum, Archive and Library of Zakynthos. a. Optional tours to the top beaches of the island nd the world-famous Shipwreck (Navagio) beach.
Artifacts & monuments in the project's focus: replicas and objects from ecclesiastical and folklore museums in Greece
Project venue & accommodation: Ionian University - Department of Environment (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:
Assoc. Prof. Christos Karydis (Conservator, Ionian University)
Field school coordinators:
Dr. Angela Pencheva (Balkan Heritage Foundation & Field School Program Manager) and Assoc. Prof. Christos Karydis (Conservator, Ionian University)
Dr. Nikolas Sarris - Conservator of paper & archive materials, National Library of Greece
Field school sessions available:
Application deadlines: until the places are filled or 26 April, 2024
Minimum length of stay: three 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 2024, the Workshop for Interventive & Preventive Conservation of Paper will again be hosted by the Ionian University - Department of Environment 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 papers 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 archival materials. The project includes three module: practical work in the documentation and restoration paper; lectures, training, study visits and excursions to the General Archives of Zakynthos.
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.
Field school coordinators:
The course consists of one educative module on the subject in their focus: PAPER. It 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.
Session 1 & 3
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.
Lecture 1: History and the making of paper
Lecture 2: Documentation & causes of deterioration of paper
Lecture 3: Introduction to preventive conservation of paper artefacts
Lecture 4: Introduction to paper conservation treatments
Workshop 1: Documentation techniques of paper objects
Workshop 2: Handling of paper artefacts
Workshop 3: Introduction to first aid treatments of paper artefacts.
Workshop 4: Paper conservation techniques: Paper repairs
Workshop 5: Paper conservation techniques: Advanced paper repairs
Workshop 6: Paper conservation techniques: Humidification and flattening
Workshop 7: Housing and storage of paper artefacts
Visit to the Ecclesiastical Museum of the Holy Monastery of St. Dionysios.
Breakfast & Departure
Arrival and check-in by 7.30 pm (Session 2)
Day off (Session 3)
Lecture 1: Introduction to wet cleaning of paper artefacts
Workshop 1: Wet cleaning techniques: Float, blotter and immersion washing
Workshop 2: Paper deacidification
Workshop 3: Stain removal and wet cleaning techniques with suction tables
Workshop 4: Paper sizing
Workshop 5: Adhesive tape removal
Workshop 6: Advanced paper repair techniques
Workshop 7: Object treatment exercises
Workshop 8: Insect disinfestation of books and paper artefacts
Workshop 9: Display and mounting of books and paper artifacts
Workshop 10: Display and mounting of books and paper artifacts
Visit to the Historic Public Library of Zakynthos
Breakfast & Departure
Session 2 & 3
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 min away from the coast of the 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 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 family-run Yria Hotel near the historical center of the town of Zakynthos (Zante), in comfortable rooms with two to four beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, 24-hour room service, lockers, hair dryers, LAN plugin connection, 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 an additional 220 EUR per week. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 65 EUR (per night per person).
*Subject to change. May be substituted with similar level accommodation.
Meals: The reimbursement payment 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, and 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 reimbursement payment does not cover insurance. It is mandatory to arrange your own health insurance before your trip to Greece. The insurance must cover as a minimum the following risks: medical treatment in case of an accident or disease, as well as costs related to evacuation and repatriation. 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!
BHFS project reimbursement payment covers: Educational and fieldwork activities, half-board accommodation (hotel + breakfast each day), tools, materials, project handbook or readings, issue of Certificate of Attendance, administrative costs, travel related to the fieldwork and the excursions included in the field school program plus relevant entrance fees.
BHFS project reimbursement payment does not include: travel costs to and from the project venue or related to activities not included in the field school program; medical products and services and any expenses related to medical quarantine (food delivery, accommodation, etc.).
The costs in USD are approximate. Please check the current exchange rates!
Early Bird Cost - until January 31, 2024:
Early Bird cost for a one-week project session is 1499 EUR/ approx. 1499 USD
Early Bird cost for a two-week project session is 2999 EUR/ approx. 2999 USD
Regular Cost - after January 31 , 2024:
The Regular cost of a one-week project session is 1599 EUR/ approx. 1599 USD
The Regular cost for a two-week project session is 3099 EUR/ approx. 3099 USD
Reimbursement Transfer Options:
For further information contact Admissions Office at: [email protected]!
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NOTE, 5% OF EVERY COST FOR THIS PROJECT DIRECTLY SUPPORTS THE BALKAN HERITAGE PROTECTION FUND'S ACTIVITIES!
New Bulgarian University grants 3/6 ECTS credits to students for attending the one/two week sessions. Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee of 200/400 EUR for EU students and 300/600 EUR for Non-EU students.
For details: Regulations for obtaining Transcripts of Records.
Participants in the field school who do not need academic credit units are not expected to pay for them.