Comparative research “Conservator-Restorers of Cultural Heritage in Europe: education centers and institutes – CON.BE.FOR”
European Project 1998-2000

The growing importance of professional figures linked to the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Assets, the variety of methods used and their complexity, require a wide knowledge of the subject of the education of conservator-restorers. An instrument of knowledge and evaluation of the different European realities in the education of conservator-restorer is increasingly required and will therefore contribute directly to the formulation of general addresses and specific laws.

The CON.B.E.FOR. was born as a response to the precise directives of the Pavia Document (1997), relating to the training of conservators-restorers of Cultural Heritage.

The goal was to provide a clear picture of the high-level training of Cultural Heritage Restorers in Europe. The research, first in his genre, was carried out through an analytical questionnaire submitted to 64 training institutes, distributed in 15 European countries, and the statistical study of 49 institutes, for a total of 139 courses in conservation and restoration. The results, accompanied by insights into the history of the profession and the development of the training of the cultural heritage restorer, with particular attention to the Italian situation, were published in the volume CONBEFOR.

As an appendix of the research, the project have realized a comparative analysis of the main law and regulations for the Cultural Heritage in every European country by Adele Compagna Maresca (Studies Office, Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities) and by Margherita Sani (Institute for Artistic, Cultural and Natural, Emilia Romagna Region).

Promotor: Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo.

Donors and Participant Institutions: European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture – Ministero per i Beni e la Attività Culturali – Regione Emilia Romagna, Istituto per i Beni Culturali – Regione Lazio, Assessorato alla Cultura – Regione Lombardia, Direzione Generale alle Culture, Identità e Autonomie della Lombardia e Direzione Generale Formazione e Lavoro – Regione Piemonte, Direzione Regionale ai Beni Culturali – Regione Toscana, Dipartimento delle Politiche Formative dei Beni Culturali – Università degli Studi di Udine, Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche

Partner: E.C.C.O. European Confederation of Conservator; Restores’Organisations; ICCROM International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restauration of Cultural Property; ENCoRE (European Network for Conservation–Restauration Education); Meisterschule fur restaurierung und Conservierung (Austria); Koninklijke Academie voor Shone Kunsten Restauratia (Belgio); Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi Konservatorskolen (Danimarca); Vantaa Institute of Arts and Design, Department of Conservation Studies (Finlandia); Ecole Nationale du Patrimonie IFROA (Francia); Hochschule fur Bildende Kuste, Dresden (Germania); Technological Educational Institute of Athenes (Grecia); Hamilton Kerr Istitute, University of Cambridge (Gran Bretagna); Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Work (Irlanda); Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (Italia); Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Italia); Institute of Archeology, Conservation, Numismatics and History of Art (Norvegia); Institute Collectie Nederland (Olanda); Universiade Nova de Lisboa (Portogallo); Istituto Andalus del Patrimonio Historico (Spagna); Goteborg Universitet, Faculty of Arts (Svezia); Fachlasse fur Konservierung und Restaurierung (Svizzera).

Scientific Committee: Anne Bacon (University of Northumbria, Newcastle), Marie Berducou (IFROA, Parigi), Ségolène Bergeon Langle (Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Direction du Patrimonie, Paris), Giorgio Bonsanti e Maurizio Michelucci (Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence), Corinna Gramatke and Gerlinde Tautschning (ECCO, Leefdaal), Bent Eshoj (Det Køngelige Danske Kunstakademi, Copenhagen), Agnès Le Gac (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon), Giuseppina Fazio, Francesca Romana Mainieri and Maria Bianca Paris (Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, Rome), Rocco Mazzeo (ICCROM, Rome), Ian McClure (Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge), Ulrich Schießl (Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden)