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Petition on conservation program at University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne

From: charlotte Rerolle <charlotte_rerolle<-at->
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Please sign the petition on conservation program at University of
Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne:


The University of Paris 1 - Pantheon Sorbonne is currently the only
public university providing training in conservation and restoration
in France whilst some specialisms such as archaeological objects and
stained glass exist only in Paris 1.  With this in mind, the current
reforms and vast budget deficits are making us fear for the future
of our training.  As a professional sector, we are particularly
threatened by reductions in hours and budgets which have a direct
correlation to the recognition of our graduates with in the
industry.  However, In order to cope with the recent cuts in the
budget of more than 4 million Euros across the university, the
number of teaching hours has been significantly reduced.  This not
only impacts the students but also the teachers and staff resulting
in fewer hours and lower hourly wages for contractors.

We are also very concerned by the reform of the titles of Bachelors
and Masters, already well under way by the university.  The
elimination of more than 300 degree titles would lead to the
disappearance of the words "conservation-restoration" in our
diplomas in favour of an "Art History" route.  Such a development
poses the risk of a heavy loss of accreditation required by Museums
today that allows Conservation Masters Graduates to work on the
national collections.  In the broader spectrum, not only for us but
for many other sectors, the reform leads to a real lack of
visibility and recognition as to the content of our diplomas to
those outside of the university.

Due to its history and its specificity, the Conservation Department
has until now been a pioneer in the development of this discipline
and its recognition at national and international level.  For 35
years, graduates of Paris have left to work in institutions all over
the world and are recognised as professionals in their field.  For
this to endure it is imperative that we continue to provide
comprehensive and diverse training to maintain the highest standards
of conservation and restoration.

Charlotte Rerolle
Conservation restauration d'objets arche1ologiques
89 avenue Grammont
37000 Tours
+33 662615882 (France)
+971 551503790 (UAE)

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