Book and Paper Conservation (B’)

Course Code:

Π1 6030Β


6th Semester

Specialization Category:

Elective ( ΜΕ )

Course Hours:




Course Description

Course Theory

Starting with a range of applications in authentic items, students have the opportunity to attend: a) The full range of the treatments on book and paper material. b) The theoretical background of maintenance operations. c) The selection criteria for the treatments. d) The advantages and disadvantages they present. e) The methodology for the implementation of interventions and f) govern the ethics intervention. At the same time the technological process and improvement of production of original objects and their behavior to the deterioration agents are dealt.

Course Practical

The practice of the course includes a series of exercises through which the student will know the technical equipment, tools and materials used during treatments. S/he will also practice the necessary skills for their application of interventions as well as alternative solutions. At the end of the practical work, a final written report of the treatments is submitted.

Expected Learning Outcome

Students should be able to:

Know and apply the full range of the conservation treatments on paper.

Understand the theoretical background of the interventions.

Distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of each intervention and to evaluate the criteria for their application.

Plan and select appropriate treatments according to the  specific case.

The Scope of the Course and Objectives

The Scope of the Course

To introduce to the student :1) the full range of conservation treatments applied, 2) the necessary equipment, materials and tools used, 3) the theoretical background of the treatments, 4) the applicable code of ethics and conduct within the laboratory maintenance. At the same time to develop: 5) the ability to choose appropriate interventions to achieve the expected results, and finally 6) the necessary competence and skills in implementing specific interventions.

Course objectives

It is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and the essential skills in the practical application of the treatments on photographs and works of art on paper.

Language of evaluation: Greek (English for Erasmus students).

The student’s final grade results from 50% of the grade of the theoretical part and 50% of the grade of laboratory practice.
Students’ evaluation (100%):
THEORY (50%): Written exams with short answer questions or multiple choice.
LAB PRACTICES (50%): Written assignment with defined evaluation criteria announced to students at the beginning of the semester.

ΧΟΥΛΗΣ Κ., Διδακτικές Σημειώσεις, Αθήνα, 2004

GIOVANNINI A., De Tutela Librorum: La conservation des livres et des documents d’archives, Ed. I.E.S., Geneva, Italy, 1995 (ISBN 2882240317).
HUNTER D., Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft, New York, Dover 1978.
GALLO F., Il biodeterioramento di libri e documenti, ICCROM, Rome, 1992.
Care and conservation of manuscripts, Proceedings of the seminars held at the University of Copenhagen (vols. 1-17), Museum Tusculanum Press.