Conservation of re-used bindings (Part one)

Book conservation involves a tough decision making regarding usability and long term preservation handling.
Sometimes we are dealing with fragmentology, or disjecta membra (fragments of written supports are re-used as part of a binding, with a diverse purpose from the first use) whereas in other cases the purpose is the same, and the whole binding is being recycled to bind a different book.
Incunabula and manuscripts with laced-case and limp vellum bindings with rolled sewing on parchment are studied. Continue reading

Impregnated tracing paper with tapes and ball-point pen inscriptions

Owner: Association of Architects of Catalonia (CoAC). Commissioned by:  Sitges Museums (Sitges, Spain). Object: Impregnated tracing paper architectural drawing. Author: Lluís Domènech i Montaner, catalan architect (1850-1923). Damages: Yellowing, fragmented artwork, wrinkles, tears, pressure sensitive tapes (several types), ball-point pen inscriptions. Conservation treatment: Varnish … Continue reading

Lecture: “Diving in wet treatments”

Event: Technical conference Re-En-Papelamos (I). The purpose of wet treatments in conservation. Lecture: Diving in wet treatments (“En restauración de papel, nos mojamos”). Organization: Emma Sánchez, equip de l’IPCE (Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España). Venue: Institute for Cultural Heritage in Spain (Instituto del Patrimonio … Continue reading

Workshop on Paper, Leather and Photographs Conservation

Course title: Workshop on Paper, Leather and Photographs Conservation Recipient: National Records & Archives Authority (Masqat, OMAN) Project: Custom-made workshop on the demanded topicsfor professional conservators. Dates: 22-26 August 2016. Teachers: Rita Udina, Márk Somogyi, Jordi Mestre. Program: See complete data … Continue reading

Conservation of ‘The Disasters of War’, by Goya

Owner: Private collector. Object: The Disasters of War (“Los desastres de la guerra”), series of 80 prints, dated between 1810 and 1820. They belong to the 1863 first printed edition. Author: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Damages: Slight discolouration on the edges, … Continue reading

Conservation of sports posters

Owner: Barcelona Municipal Archive (Sants-Montjuïc District). Artefact: Two large scale lithographic posters about the Catalonia Cycling Tour from Sants Sports Club. Also some other smaller posters and a printed brochure about the Tour.