Our History

Strategy from its start to future

1. THE IDEA

The „European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration“ is an international interdisciplinary bottom-up initiative for research into the particular areas requiring accumulation of deeper knowledge about methods of appropriate and timely preservation of written and graphic heritage and bringing them from labs to users in an optimal way.

In view of the above, the key aims of the Centre are

  • to execute, initiate and support research in the field of book and paper conservation-restoration

  • to communicate and disseminate research results to those who can apply them to the heritage.
  • 2. THE BEGINNINGS (2010-2017)

    2.1. Planning

    In 2011, the Centre’s own first international conference with more than 150 participants and speakers from 50 European countries, USA, Japan, India and Australia defined the most demanding research topics of the Centre. The three big problems, which destroy 80% of Europe’s written heritage:

  • Wood-pulp paper decay

  • Mould attack

  • Ink corrosion

  • Further development of the conservation theory and conservation value system and a number of smaller topics, like collagen material decay and

  • intangible aspects of tangible heritage, were also recognized as important areas of research.
  • Disaster protection and first response in case of disaster was perceived as an important subordinate activity of the Centre right from the beginning

    Dissemination of research results was also performed right from the beginning in a way that was found suitable by the community (one-week courses delivered by experts in very special areas, with the first such course delivered for one week after the initial conference).

    Thus, the above areas comprehensively cover (1) research, (2) dissemination of research results and (3) disaster protection.

    2.2 Implementation

    Research

  • Wood pulp paper decay: DEACIMIC FFG Lead (patent) and NanoKult aws prototype

  • Mould attack: Men and Books initiator (EUproject), Stop Fungi, Affandi I, Affandi III

  • Ink corrosion: Armenian paper, Armenian inks (with ERASMUS students)

  • Conservation theory/ intangible aspects in tangible heritage: Affandi II

  • smaller topics, like collagen material decay historical book binding techniques, etc.: Sinai III
  • The "First response in case of disaster" area was dealt with by founding “Conservators without Frontiers”

    By now the dissemination of materials is based on the results of the Centre’s own research in the following forms:

  • University course in Continuing Education “Interdisciplinary Methods of Graphic Arts, Books and Document Conservation”

  • ERASMUS Students and Staff exchange (outgoing teaching in other universities)

  • A series of publications

  • ERC Newsletter double blind peer reviewed (twice a year) with ISBN Nr.

  • Publications in others papers/books

  • Invitations to conferences as invited speaker

  • Performance of own conferences
  • The Centre’s day-to-day operations are run by

  • an interdisciplinary international board

  • 21 representatives of 22 European countries

  • several volunteers

  • economic assistance

  • assistance will be sought from the Centre’s cooperation partners: other universities, research centres in other fields and industrial partners.

  • Due to the fact that the Centre is now an associated structure of Krems University for Continued Education it operates in an appropriate environment for research purposes.
  • 3. THE VISION

  • Centre of Excellence by 2020

  • When people think of Krems, they think of research in Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration

  • A dynamic university course including PhD

  • Attracting sufficient funding for extensive research in important and topical areas

  • Ever better cooperation with partners