ASRE – Historical Archive of European Restorers


Historic Archive of European Restorers
European Network for Study and Documentation of Conservation-Restoration Interventions of the Cultural Heritage


In the very specific role of European “culture”, the dimension of conservation and restoration certainly represents a “unicum” in the world.
For many years the European scientific community stresses, through national and international “recommendations”, the need of integrate studies and crossdiscliplinary researches on the history of conservation-restoration as a necessary element for any artistic and restoration analysis, as well as an essential instrument of investigation for conservation-restoration interventions.Not only is the conservation-restoration recognized as an intellectual and scientific discipline, but even scholars, conservator-restorers, educators and those responsible for guarding our cultural heritage are now finally becoming interested in the historical development of the conservation practices and on the professional profiles.

The history of the profession of conservators-restorers is often linked to that of important collections and monuments,that are the results of the interaction between the artistic productions and the different owners, and so constitute a very particular perspective to the interpretation of the history of the various European countries.
During the last decades many studies and researches have focussed on this subject in various European countries, but unfortunately still not in connection and with coordinated methods.
In Italy, for example, the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, the Scuola di Specializzazione in Storia dell’Arte Medioevale e Moderna dell’Università di Roma “La Sapienza” and the Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo, are all promoters of this European project, and have since 1996 been working on a national project named “Archivio Storico Nazionale e Banca Dati dei Restauratori Italiani” (National Historical Archive and Database of the Italian Restorers). The project is aimed to reconstruct the succession of preserving-restoring events concerning the Italian Cultural Heritage, through the collection and study of archival and bibliography sources about Italian conservators-restorers and their interventions.

Considering the great mobility of conservators-restorers during the centuries and their enormous variety of practices and experiences, the European scientific community today feels the need and the urgency to constitute a network of institutions and experts, to work together on the subject and share the results of the research.
The purpose of the project is to create an European network of researching and educating centres and institutions, to achieve synergy among different countries on the issues related to the study and documentation of preserving restoring interventions on the Cultural Heritage, in particular with the realization of the Historical Archive of the European Conservator-Restorers.
Digital collection of data strongly enhances the chance of exchanging and sharing information, which is fundamental to promote studies and researches in such an unexplored area.
In the long run, the purpose is to share, by means of a widespread telematic platform, data and information collected in many countries, in order to get an overall view on the preserving-restoring events concerning the cultural heritage and to identify new research areas.
The first step will be the definition of a conceptual framework for the documentation of the preserving-restoring interventions on European Cultural Heritage, by drawing up common standards of description for the collection of data and information about conservator-restorers and their interventions in the Historical Archive of the European Conservator-Restorers.




Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo, Lurano - Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, Rome

Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Rome

Università di Roma “La Sapienza” - Scuola di Specializzazione in Storia dell’Arte Medioevale e Moderna.

Project leader

Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo (Italy).


Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (Rome) - Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (Rome)

Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (Rome) - Scuola di Specializzazione in Storia dell’Arte Medioevale e Moderna Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst, HAWK Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen

Universidad Politecnica de Valencia - Departemento de Conservaciòn y Restauraciòn

de Bienes Culturales(Valencia)

Ministère Culture Comunication - Centre de recherche et de restauration

des musées de France (Paris)

Allami Restauralasi Kozpont (Budapest)

IIC - The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (London)





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