Courses

Introduction to Book Conservation and Historical Bookbinding 

 

June 7-July 3 2021

Tutors: 

Giovanni Pagani 

Chiara Argentino

Nicola Pagani 

Experience: Previous conservation experience is not required to apply, but preference may be given to those with some conservation background.

Language of instruction: English.

Application (closes March 30th 2021):

mail to: recanatires@gmail.com

In the duration of this four week course course, students will create a facsimile binding in full leather, with wooden board and metal parts, and reused parchment end-leaves, and will engage with the crafting and conservation of leather, parchment, pigments, wood, and metal. The facsimile binding will be based on historical examples present in Benedettucci collection.

Theoretically, the course will focus on book structure terminology, with in-depth practice in the documentation of historic book structures. Students will learn about the ‘Conservation versus Restoration’ approaches, with a focus on assessment and analysis, to help students understand the challenges a conservator faces in balancing the need for conserving and/or restoring objects of historical value.

The Benedettucci Library with its vast collection (over 45,000 books)will be a unique resource that is available to students throughout the course. Nowhere else will a workshop provide the opportunity for such immersion. We will also have field visits to – The Fabriano Museum of Paper, Recanati Comune Diocesan and Parrish Archives, and Holy House Loreto Library & Historical Archive.

The program is aimed at those who are looking into a career in book conservation, and for those who, due to their jobs and interests, need a better understanding of books as objects. In the duration of this course students will build familiarity with bound and unbound materials within libraries, archives, and museums.

Cost of program: Eur. 2,000

Accommodation costs:  Eur. 700/4 weeks, sharing basis.

More Information: Course1RecanatiSummer2021

Conserving Archives: Conservation of Bound and Unbound Documents

July 5th 2021 – July 31st 2021

Tutors: 

Giovanni Pagani

Konstantinos Choulis

Experience: Previous conservation experience is not required to apply, but preference may be given to those with some conservation background.

Language of instruction: English.

Application (closes March 30th 2021):

mail to: recanatires@gmail.com

This four-week course is structured into 2 consecutive thematically linked modules:

– In the first 2 weeks the students will learn the preservation and conservation of bound archival documents. By creating a facsimile bindings in leather, students will engage with the crafting and conservation of leather, parchment, and paper.

– In the remaining 2 weeks students will learn the preservation and conservation of unbound archival documents, focusing their attention on paper conservation and restoration. They will have the opportunity to work on original documents from the Archive of the Benedettucci Library.

Theoretically, the course will focus on book structure terminology, with in-depth practice in the documentation of historic book structures. Students will learn about the ‘Conservation versus Restoration’ approaches, with a focus on assessment and analysis, to help students understand the challenges a conservator faces in balancing the need for conserving and/or restoring objects of historical value.

The Benedettucci Library with its vast collection (over 45,000 books)will be a unique resource that is available to students throughout the course. Nowhere else will a workshop provide the opportunity for such immersion. We will also have field visits to – The Fabriano Museum of Paper, Recanati Comune Diocesan and Parrish Archives, and Holy House Loreto Library & Historical Archive.

The program is aimed at those who are looking into a career in book conservation, and for those who, due to their jobs and interests, need a better understanding of books as objects. In the duration of this course students will build familiarity with bound and unbound materials within libraries, archives, and museums.

Cost of program: Eur. 2,000

Accommodation costs:  Eur. 700/4 weeks, sharing basis.

More Information: Course2RecanatiSummer2021