Introduction to Conservation and Restoration I


The aim of this course is to give an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature and complexity of conservation activity.

Students will have sessions related to each of DCR''s research and action topics.

At the end of the semester the student should be able to:

i) use the bibliographic research tools, resorting to reliable sources;

ii) reveal organizational capabilities and comply with the safety and hygiene rules, necessary to the conservation work;

iii) reveal the critical capability that allows differentiation between acceptable and inappropriate conservation measures;

iv) properly convey the knowledge acquired, through an oral presentation and report texts.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Filomena Meireles Abrantes de Macedo Dinis, Márcia Gomes Vilarigues


Weekly - 5

Total - 78

Teaching language



Not defined


AZEVEDO, Carlos Alberto Moreira - Metodologia científica: contributos práticos para a elaboração de trabalhos académicos. 9ª ed. Lisboa: Universidade Católica, 2008. 180 p. 

CASE, Donald Owen - Looking for information [Recurso electrónico] : a survey of research on information seeking, needs, and behavior.2nd ed. London: Academic Press, 2007. 423 p. 

CARVALHO, Maria Cecília Maringoni de, org. -Construindo o saber: metodologia científica: fundamentos e técnicas. 15.ª ed. Campinas: Papirus, 2003. 175 p. 

NUNES, Fernando M. D. Oliveira - Segurança e higiene do trabalho: manual técnico. Amadora, Portugal: Edições Gustave Eiffel, 2006. 637 p.

Teaching method

Lectures, study visits and to draw up a small report.

Evaluation method

Final grade

30% for mini-texts in each sessions + 20% attendance and participation  + 50% oral presentation

Subject matter

What is heritage?
Conservation and self-ethnography

Principles of Preventive Conservation
The survey of the state of conservation

The book - from building support, from codiology to archeology

From egg to ink - a story of history of art

Ethnography, Religion and Conservation

Glass and Glazing - A Common Story?

Metals to conserve

Analog and digital photography - challenges for conservation

Decision making in conservation - the challenges of Contemporary Art

Unraveling the heritage in the Scientific Laboratory

Self-ethnography - the ICR1 Experience

Presentations - What is being a conservative of FCT NOVA?


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