Introduction to Conservation Materials

Course Code:

Π1 3070


3rd Semester

Course Hours:




The Scope of the Course:
The course aims to understanding the use of conservation materials (traditional and modern), their ageing process and their compatibility with the materials constituting the cultural objects. Moreover, it aims to understand the conservation materials’ chemical structure and properties and their general advantages and disadvantages when applied on cultural objects.

Course objectives:
The students after successful completion of the module will be able to:
• identify a material from a previous conservation treatment
• understand the potential damage it may cause in a cultural object
• choose the most suitable conservation material depending on its physicochemical properties, way of application and the environmental parameters in which the objects will be placed
• investigate new conservation materials and application methods by setting the appropriate criteria for limiting the weaknesses and the potential alterations of the existing conservation materials that may have on cultural objects

Language of evaluation: Greek
Students’ evaluation (100%): Written report. Selection of a subject and write the assignment through search and critical point of view of bibliographic references.

1. J. Ambers et al. (eds) 2009. Holding It All Together, Ancient and Modern Approaches to Joining, Repair and Consolidation, Archetype publications, London.
2. P. Baglioni, D. Chelazzi, R. Giorgi, 2015. Nanotechnologies in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage A compendium of materials and techniques, Cham: Springer.
3. A. Barros et al. (eds) 2012. Adhesives and Consolidants in Paintings Conservation, London: Archetype publications – ICON.
4. Callister W.D. and. Rethwisch D.G., 2016. Επιστήμη και Τεχνολογία των Υλικών (9η έκδοση) Αθήνα: Εκδ. Τζιόλα.
5. Doehne E. and. Price C.A, Stone Conservation, An Overview of Current Research (2nd edn), Los Angeles: Getty Publications.
6. Down J.L., Review of CCI research on epoxy resin adhesives for glass conservation, Studies in Conservation, (2001) 46:sup1, 39-46.
7. Down J.L., A literature review of cyanoacrylate adhesives, Studies in Conservation, (2001) 46:2, 35-38.
8. Feller R. L. and, Wilt M., 1996. Evaluation of Cellulose Ethers for Conservation, Los Angeles: Getty Publications.
9. Horie V., 2010. Materials for Conservation, Organic Consolidants, Adhesives and Coatings (2nd edn) Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
10. Ε.Ε. Ιωακείμογλου, 2011. Τα Οργανικά Υλικά στην Τέχνη και την Αρχαιολογία (2η έκδοση), Αθήνα: εκδ. Iων.
11. Joseph E. (ed.) 2021. Microorganisms in the Deterioration and Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Cham: Springer.
12. Καραγιαννίδης Γ.Π., Σιδερίδου Ε.Δ., Μπικιάρης Δ.Ν., Αχιλιάς Δ.Σ., 2009. Τεχνολογία Πολυμερών, Πλαστικά – Eλαστομερή – Ίνες – Eπιχρίσματα – Kόλλες, Θεσσαλονίκη: Εκδ.Ζήτη.
13. Koob S.P. 2004. Tips and tricks with Objects. In: V. Greene, D.Harvey and P. Griffin (eds) Specialty Group Postprints, The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, Vol. 10, 158-172.
14. Lazzara G. and Fakhrullin R., 2018. Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials for Diagnostic, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Amsterdam: Elsevier.
15. Masschelein-Kleiner L., 1995. Ancient Binding Media, Varnishes and Adhesives. Rome: ICCROM.
16. Mills J.S., White R., 1994. The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects (2nd edition) London: Routledge.
17. Skeist I. (ed.) 1990. Handbook of Adhesives (3rd edn), New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold.
18. Tennent N. H., de Groot S. and Koob S.P, The Identification and Long-Term Stability of Polymer Fills in Ceramics and Glass Artifacts: A Retrospective Assessment Involving FTIR Characterisation, Recent Advances in Glass and Ceramics Conservation 2019, Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Working Group, September 5-7, 2019, ICOM: London, 121-129.
19. Unger A., Schniewind A. P.., Unger W., 2001. Conservation of wood artifacts: a handbook, Berlin: Springer.
20. Wright M.M. & Townsend J.H. (eds.) 1995. Resins Ancient and Modern, Pre-prints of the SSCR Conference, 13-14 September 1995, Aberdeen, Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration.
21. n.a. 1992.The Science for Conservators Series, Vol. 2: Cleaning, , Routledge, London.
22. n.a. 2002. The Science for Conservators Series, Vol. 3: Adhesives and coatings, (2nd edition) London: Routledge.

– Journal of the Institute of Conservation
– Journal of the American Institute of Conservation
– Studies in Conservation
– Journal of Cultural Heritage