Workshop for Interventive and Preventive Conservation of Paper 2024 (Balkan Heritage Field School/ Ionian University)

Location: Закинтос, Гърция

Season: May 26, 2024 to June 8, 2024

Session Dates: Session 1: 26 May - 1 June, 2024; Session 2: 2 - 8 June, 2024; Session 3: 26 May - 8 June, 2024

Application Deadline: January 19, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


Discount for AIA members: 5 %

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Balkan Heritage Field School, Ionian University - Division Conservation of Antiquities & Works of Art (I.U) and New Bulgarian University

Project Director:
Dr. Angela Pencheva (Balkan Heritage Foundation & Field School Program Manager) and Assoc. Prof. Christos Karydis (Conservator, Ionian University)

Project Description:

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.

By the end of the workshop the participants will:

– be able to develop basic practical skills (depending on participant’s initial level of qualification) in paper conservation treatments
– become acquainted with the basic methods of all the required documentation for the conservation of paper using graphic software, as well as photo documentation
– learn about the forms, types, traditions and technology of manufacture of paper
– get acquainted with different case studies for preventive conservation of organic and inorganic materials.
– meet professionals working in the areas of conservation in Greece.

Period(s) of Occupation: Middle Ages & Modern

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
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.

Academic Credit:
3/6 ECTS credits from New Bulgarian University for an additional tuition fee. Participants who are not interested in academic credits don't need to pay the tuition fee.

Contact Information:

Balkan Heritage Field School

Tulovo 7, 4th Floor




Phone: +359 988 250 901; +359 898 681 366 (both available on WhatsApp)

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