European Day of Conservation-Restoration

14th October 2018, Launch of the first European Day of Conservation-Restoration

The European Confederation of Conservator-restorers Organisations is delighted to participate in this the European year of cultural heritage. Central to the many conversations and dialogues that have taken place over the year on heritage are issues around its care and sustainable use.

This, the first European Day of Conservation-restoration provides the opportunity to highlight the work of conservator-restorers as they are involved in the care of our rich material heritage across Europe.

Conservation-restoration is an approach which seeks to safeguard and transmit the cultural fabric of our world maintaining its historical and material integrity. It offers methods and means to ensure that our daily interaction and encounters with heritage help to both sustain and protect it.

Today the members of E.C.C.O., professional conservator-restorers, are highlighting and showcasing their work in studios, workshops, public spaces, galleries, archives and museums in every country in Europe. We hope you can find the time to visit and indeed see some of these professionals at work. The work can be complex, is always fascinating but more importantly is critical to the legacy we leave for future generations.

Susan Corr, President of E.C.C.O.


European Day of Conservation-Restoration goals

Conservator-Restorers invite visitors to their working places: in museums ateliers, private studios, university studios and conservation-restoration sites in monuments. Conservator-Restorers will explain their actual conservation-restoration projects with case studies to the public. The European Day of Conservator-Restorer aims:

  • to raise awareness of the key role of conservation-restoration in safeguarding cultural heritage with policy makers and civil society (public);
  • to share knowledge of the complex activity of this discrete profession as an applied science which includes humanities, natural science and intervenes with a code of ethics in the many fields of Cultural Heritage;
  • to highlight the respect and discovery of the values for society through the interventions beyond artists and crafts for ensuring the integrity of the material witness to guarantee the authenticity of cultural heritage for identification process of the individual; 
  • to make transparent the international quality standards of the profession on this high level of competences for safeguarding Cultural Heritage through member associations in 22 European states;  and
  • to clarify how this expertise is of value to sustainable tourism and a catalyst for innovation in science for heritage.

Social media campaign

The European Week of Conservation-Restoration will be a social media campaign held from Monday to Saturday to highlight the European Day of Conservation- Restoration which will happen on the following Sunday. This European Week of Conservation-Restoration aims:

  • to bring Europe’s cultural heritage, history and shared values closer to people;
  • to engage the younger generation in the care of cultural heritage; 
  • to highlight special themes in conservation-restoration which are important in the preservation of Cultural Heritage as authenticity, awareness, access, sustainability.

Call for papers Conservation 360º

The new collection Conservation 360º is a series of multi- and interdisciplinary books on current themes in the field of Conservation of Cultural Heritage. Each book will provide a general overview of the state of the art, research and concepts in the field of the preservation of cultural heritage aimed at professionals of conservation-restoration, scientists, art historians, archaeologists, technicians and students.

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