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6th conference on watermarks in digital collections (Bernstein meeting) in Fabriano (Italy) on May 26-27, 2022

The conference intends to bring together scholars, paper experts, conservators, curators, and others who work in watermark research or are interested in this topic. For two decades now, the by then printed catalogues are partially replaced by databases and new watermark collections are published only online in digital form at all.

Thursday, May 26, conference opening at 9h00, three sessions with lectures, guided tour through Fabriano, conference dinner
Friday, May 27, two sessions with lectures, visit to the Fondazione Fedrigoni Fabriano and the Fabriano Fedrigoni Paper Mill.

The conference will be hybrid and limited to 15 half-hour presentations. The capacity of the conference room in Fabriano is limited to 20. Please send an abstract before April 10, 2022. Contacts: Emanuel Wenger and Livia Faggioni.

ERC Achivement Award 2022

It is a great honour to anounce that this year the ERC Achivement Award is given to Prof. Dr. Nicholas Pickwoad. The award presentation and the award lecture Book conservator and historian of bookbinding: a conflict of interest by Nicholas Pickwoad will be on 22nd March 2022, 2PM CET. The zoom link is
https://donau-uni.zoom.us/j/64611107206?pwd=WU1FZXVia1RueW5SbUUvVitQeGQ4Zz09
Participation is free of charges.

Our contribution to the European Day of Conservation-Restoration 2021

Position of E.C.C.O. about the relationship between conservation-restoration and crafts connected to Cultural Heritage.

The European Confederation of Conservators’-Restorers’ Organization (E.C.C.O.) was established thirty years ago with the goal of promoting the profession of the Conservator-Restorer and achieving its recognition. One of its missions is to strengthen the role and responsibilities of the Conservator-Restorer in safeguarding cultural heritage.

In the Statement on Conservation-Restoration, Susan Corr, former President of E.C.C.O., in October 2016 wrote, “The principle of transmitting to present and future generations an authentic material heritage that retains its cultural and historic relevance and integrity is the foundation-stone of contemporary heritage management and practice. Conservation-Restoration is not a creative or an artistic process, though it both borrows and mobilises skills, knowledge and experience used in these areas to its own end. In respect of replacement, reconstruction or reparation of loss to cultural heritage where this is deemed necessary within an overall strategy for its care, there is and always will be a role for craftspeople who are specifically trained in the traditional craft processes“

In Professional Guidelines I, section III, it states specifically that “Conservation-restoration is distinct from related fields (e.g. art and crafts) in that its primary aim is the preservation of cultural heritage, as opposed to the creation of new objects or maintaining or repairing objects in a functional sense. The conservator-restorer is distinguished from other professionals by her/his specific education in conservation-restoration.“

In connection with the Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, E.C.C.O. was actively involved on the European level in various working groups whose task it was to map cultural heritage professionals, and to define their roles and cooperation to safeguard European cultural heritage. This work has now grown into the direct involvement of E.C.C.O. within the European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance of a Blue Print called “CHARTER - Cultural Heritage Actions to Refine Training, Education and Roles” and co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

One of the goals of the Charter is to define roles various cultural heritage professionals play, “to create a lasting, comprehensive sectoral skills strategy to ensure Europe has the necessary cultural heritage to support sustainable societies and economies”. … “The project will involve and analyse the needs and expectations of the cultural heritage professionals that seek recognition of their roles and mission as these relate to experience, expertise and professional qualification” (extracts from CHARTER Project overview poster).

The aspiration is that after completion of the Charter in 2025 policies will be first articulated and then implemented “that safeguard, sustain and promote cultural heritage…”.

Also in the making is the development of a specific code within NACE (Statistical Classification of Economic Activities in the European Community) for Cultural Heritage related activities where E.C.C.O. is supporting the principle of having a more clear coding for conservation-restoration activities.

Contributions by active ERC-members to the Day of Conservation 2021

The Question

Dalmatin's Bible
More details about the conservation work on the Dalmatin's Bible:
Varstvo spomenikov - Journal for the protection of monuments 47-48 (2014) p.297-311.

Valvasor's Glory

Norway Conservation Day 2021

Olympia

Mexican School of Conservation

National Library and National Newspaper Library of Mexico

Restoration of paper, parchment and stamps


The European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration has established two awards

The ‘Book and Graphic Art Conservation Achievement Award’ to natural or legal persons, represents the highest expression of recognition for those who have made significant contributions and continued commitment to excellence in endeavours of science, research, and leadership in the practice and theory of preservation, conservation, restoration and auxiliary fields'

For the ‘Conservation Achievement Award’, a third party must suggest a person to be awarded – no self-registration. Nominations should reach the ERC by e-mail: drpatriciaengel@gmail.com. The application form can be downloaded here.

Suggestions to the board will be discussed once a year and the award given then within 3 months.

The 'Book and Graphic Art Conservation Literature Award' is given for an original published paper. The ‘Conservation Literature Award’ provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to be recognised for their commitment, innovation and resourcefulness towards the publication of their research or practice.
There will be two broad criteria used to judge the Award entries:

  1. Quality of Research (originality, accuracy, sources used)
  2. Writing quality (clarity, organization, command of terms and use of literature)
For the 'Conservation Literature Award' self-application is encouraged. Applications should reach ERC by e-mail: drpatriciaengel@gmail.com. The application form can be downloaded here.
The ERC board members and CU team will read the submitted papers out of which the five best will be chosen. From these the best paper will be chosen in the following ERC board/jont CU team meeting.

The deadline for both awards is June 1st.

The first ‘Conservation Achievement Award’ has been be presented to Emanuel Wenger for his decades of building up and maintaining the Bernstein Portal for identification of watermarks.
There was the award presentation and a public lecture (Memoryofpaper - a portal to watermark databases) by Emanuel Wenger on 27th April 2021, 01:00 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna.


The Early Illustrated Apollonius of Tyre

Link to workshop: https://booksilkroadsapollonius.artsci.utoronto.ca/?page_id=16


Christopher Clarkson: Legacy and Influence of a Conservator, Journal of Paper Conservation Vol.20 (1-4), book launch, 28 January 2021.

Christopher Clarkson (22 Nov. 1939 – 31 March 2017)

Three years already passed since our teacher, mentor, colleague and dear friend Christopher Clarkson (22 Nov. 1939 – 31 March 2017) passed away. On this occasion we would like to commemorate him and his great contributions and achievements in the field of book history and conservation.

We would like to call to mind Christopher Clarkson to all those who met him, worked or studied with him or just read his articles, but also introduce him and his work to the younger conservators.

We fully agree with Clarkson’s good friend and colleague, professor Nicholas Pickwoad, who wrote: "Christopher Clarkson in his distinguished career, managed to develop and make practical the major guiding principles of theoretical and practical education in the area of book conservation, exhibition and the handling of books, and that many of his revolutionary approaches are now often taken for granted by the younger generation of book conservators."

For more information on the person and his work please visit http://www.clarksonconservation.com/.


Christopher Clarkson during his last workshop in The Archives of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, November 2010.
(Photo: Lucija Planinc, CKR Archives R. Slovenia)

Salvador Muñoz Viñas is resigning from his position on the ERC Board

After many years of successful co-operation Salvador Muñoz Viñas is resigning from his position on the ERC Board. It has been a time when our Centre started to make its mark in the profession and managed to consolidate its effort. Having Salvador on our governing body was of great benefit to board members and we greatly appreciate his contribution.
On behalf of the Board, Patricia Engel.