Conservation of Ethnographic Collections

Course Code:

Π1 5010


5th Semester

Specialization Category:

Required ( ΜΕ )

Course Hours:




Course Description

Course Theory

Introduction to structure, chemical composition and properties of organic materials (eg cloth, horn, ivory, bone, leather, wood, straw, rope, etc.) and inorganic (eg metal, ceramic, glass t . etc.) that form the objects of folklore collections. – Introduction to techniques and materials of those items. – Information on the main wear mechanisms (physicochemical, biological, etc.) of these materials, methods of diagnosis and methods of addressing them. – Ethics maintenance / rehabilitation, folklore collections. – Introduction to methods and materials maintenance (cleaning, disinfecting, fastening, welding, filling, color restoration). – Elements of preventive conservation, storage and exposure. – Principles of conservation methodology for complex objects.

Course Practicals

During practicals, students will learn the material evidence of popular culture and the interpretative framework within which these are the folk art collection, through visits / site inspections of specific museum collections. – Specific Methods of microscopic / macroscopic examination for identifying materials such as wood, leather, bone and horn, ivory, weaves and natural fibers, metals. – Inventory of various types of damage found in a variety of substrates. – Assess the preservation state of mixed objects have different materials (condition survey). Demo indicative conservation in case studies found in the folklore items. – Learning and application of materials and storage methods.

The Scope of the Course and Objectives

The Scope of the Course

It is the understanding of nature, technology, manufacturing, deterioration factors and factors should be considered for surgical prophylaxis and maintenance of physical evidence folk culture, which are basically collections of folk museums. These items are either products of artistic vision (folk art by well-known typological division in woodwork, needlework, textiles, ceramics and newer glassware, jewelry, etc.), or derivatives linked with practical need for an economic, professional or general biotic reality. (tools, weapons, clothing, household objects, etc.). Characterized by complexity regarding the construction and decoration material, constitute historical, social and cultural assumptions and not from the excavation. Through this course the student focuses on the problems arising from the complexity of the materials that make up these collections related to mechanisms of deterioration and methods of conservation.

Course objectives

To emphasize the understanding that such objects are an integral part of a larger whole and as such should be treated in terms of preventive maintenance, invasive maintenance and rehabilitation. The ultimate goal, as described above, is the student be able to understand the methodology of preservation / restoration of objects of folklore collections in order to preserve the natural, historic and aesthetic integrity of the objects. Also be able to manage all objects (in this interpretative framework of the collection) to maximize their protection against biotic and abiotic factors of decay.

Students’ assessment is in Greek (for Erasmus students in English).
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%):
The theoretical part (50%) by written exams:
• Open-ended questions
• Multiple-choice questionnaires
• Short-answer questions
• Short-term progress tests
The Laboratory part (50%): every exercise, individually or in group, by:
• Essay and written exams
• multiple choice exams
• short-term progress tests
• oral tests
• presentation
Evaluation criteria reflect the achievement of the course outcomes for every student.

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