Book and Paper Restoration in Italy

The San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 16th year, in particular about two courses we offer on paper and on book bindings restoration:

Introduction to the Restoration of Book Bindings in Italy
Monday, July 13th thru Friday, August 7th (4 weeks)
This program provides an overview of book conservation looking at the book as a three-dimensional structure. Students are introduced to the history and evolution of western book making, from the birth of the book as we see it today (the codex), a completely hand made object, to modern, highly industrialized, book making processes.

The program, involving both classroom lectures and a workshop, is organized in two parts. The first part covers the history of book craftsmanship and materials, with students creating 4 facsimiles based on historical bookbinding methods. The second part of the program focuses on the conservation / preservation of bound material, from the implementation of handling best practices and environmental control to more practical restoration techniques. The students will participate in implementing various conservative measures on the material housed in the Historic Archives of the City of San Gemini during workshop classes, examining and re-housing originals dating back to the XV century. Last year, students took part in a field trip to the Vatican Library.

The program is aimed at two types of students: those planning to become book conservators, and those requiring better knowledge about care of books and bound material in libraries, archives or museums. For those planning for a career as book conservators, this is a good introduction to the field that will require further education. For those planning to manage book collections or archives, it is a good overview of the field and offers insight and experience on how to manage the safe storage, to deal with access and best practices within public collections and to have a better understanding about conservation of library material in general.

To learn more about this course, please review the syllabus, which you can see on our WEBSITE.

Introduction to Restoration of Paper in Books and Archival Documents
Monday, July 13th thru Friday, August 7th (4 weeks)
This program provides an overview of the field of restoration of paper media at a theoretical level with lectures and hands-on experience in a workshop. It includes instruction on the nature and history of paper, the traditional methods of paper making, printing, book binding, the processes of deterioration, and the various methods of conservation and restoration of paper, books and artwork on paper. The workshop gives students a chance to work on paper material from printed books and original manuscripts that date from the 16th to the 19th Centuries, including a field project restoring paper documents from the San Gemini Historic Archives. Students also take part in a field trip to Fabriano.

The program is aimed at two types of student: those planning to become restorers, and those planning to manage paper-based resources in libraries, archives or museums. For those planning on a career as a restorer, this is a good introduction to the field that will need to be followed by further education. For those planning to manage paper-based resources, it is a good overview of the field and offers insight and experience on how to manage the safe storage and conservation of paper materials.

To learn more about this course, please review the syllabus, which you can visit our WEBSITE.

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