Paper restoration workshops


Paper restoration workshop students worked on material from three sources: one was an 18th Century book, some manuscript from the Historic Archives of the City of San Gemini, and also manuscripts from the Historic Archives of the Dioceses of the City of Narni.

The printed book is the first project. This book is not rare, nor very valuable, however, its very poor condition and offers a good venue to instruct students on basic restoration skills.  The book is missing its original binding, so the work concerned only the text block. The project involved the disassembly of the block and the signatures, the dry cleaning, the washing of the sheets, the drying and flattening, the patching of missing sections and borders with new material, as well as the consolidation of the paper wherever necessary. The final operation was the reassembly of the signatures. For the first 10 days students work and learn the basic skills to work on this type of media before starting to work on unique archival material. The work on the archival documents restored during the rest of the session, are closely monitored by the instructors and is assigned to students based on the difficulties of the work and the abilities demonstrated by the student in the first project.

The  second project dealt with original material from the San Gemini Historic Archives. They were all single sheet manuscripts, mostly letters, from the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries. The work  involved the dry cleaning, consolidation and patching of the paper material. In the letters, the tears caused by the breaking of the seals were not repaired because the damage was the result of the intended use of the document. The last project are documents from the Dioceses of Terni, Narni and Amelia .