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Subject: Course on archives conservation

Course on archives conservation

From: Aparna Tandon <at<-a>
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Science in the Conservation of Archival Collections
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
July 11-July 29, 2005
Organized by: ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the
Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), AN (National
Archives of Brazil), FUNARTE (National Foundation of Arts), in
collaboration with ICN (Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage)
and CRCDG (le Centre de Recherches sur la conservation des documents
graphiques), and with the support of the Directorate-General of
Cooperation for Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy

Archival collections can be found in very different types of
institutions.There they raise specific conservation challenges for
the variety of  materials of which they consist, and for the
increasing demand for access to them by different users. The course
will review the relevance of conservation research to meeting these
challenges, adopting a holistic approach that covers both technical
and managerial issues. It will examine the application of research
in key areas such as the deterioration processes of specific
archival materials (both traditional supports and new media),
applying standards to developing and choosing conservation`
materials, recovery procedures after disasters, and the
environmental contexts of archives (from the building to protective
enclosures). As well as promoting the application of research
results in archive conservation, the course will discuss ways of
designing and implementing interdisciplinary research.

Objective: As a result of the course, participants will be better
prepared to apply scientific research to the care of archive
collections, improving their research skills in a context of
interdisciplinary communication and teamwork. They will be better
able to plan and implement research projects within an institutional
context and to assess the relevance of research results, with a view
to practical and cost-effective solutions.

Course Methodology: The course is an intensive programme combining
theory and practice, through use of case studies, discussion groups,
workshops and site visits. It will feature current and recent
research projects in the archive field, drawing upon the experience
of the organizing institutions and that of the course participants.

Participants: A maximum of 20 participants will be selected. The
course is open to professionals from different disciplines who
participate actively in planning and implementing research projects
for the care of archives of national relevance. At least four years
of work experience will be required, with preference being given to
applicants who are involved in training or who head conservation or
research teams. Candidates are asked to submit a 1000-word statement
that summarizes their experience of research related to archives and
indicates how the course would benefit them in their work.

Teaching team: Specialists in different areas of conservation and
research from the collaborating institutions and beyond.

Working Language: English

Registration fee: Euros 350

Scholarships: Candidates are expected to seek financial aid from
sources such as governments, employers, and foundations, for which
ICCROM is prepared to offer advice. If these efforts are
unsuccessful, the organizers can offer a limited number of
scholarships to accepted applicants. A minimum of Euros 1000 for
living costs would be required for the three-week duration of the
course in Rio de Janeiro.

Application: Please use the general ICCROM course application form
which is available at the address below or at

    Archives05-Collections Unit
    13, via di San Michele
    I-00153 ROME RM
    +39 06 585531
    Fax: +39 06 58553349
    collections<-a t->iccrom< . >org

Application Deadline: 15 March 2005

Aparna Tandon
Project Specialist
Via Di San Michele 13
I-00153 Rome, Italy
+39 06 58 553 324

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