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, using  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

Catarina Paula Oliveira de Mattos Villamariz, Rita Andreia Silva Pinto de Macedo


Weekly - 3

Total - 78

Teaching language



Thre are no requirements


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

Theoretical-practical teaching, with illustrations appropriate to the objectives of the course.

The curricular unit has a theoretical-practical component of 4 hours / week. These classes are taught by different teachers each week. 

Evaluation method

Oral presentation

subordinated to the topic What is to be a conservator at at FCT Nova? (taking into account the experience of the semester)

            - weight in the final grade: 50%

4 reports*

subordinated to the experience lived in the laboratories from the point of view of auto-ethnography

            - weight in the final grade: 12.5% ​​each

*each student will make four 1-page reports on four of the eight practical classes – every two practical classes the students will be divided (by drawing lots) in order to have the same number of students for each topic of the practical classes.

The Reports (taking into account the aspect of auto-ethnography) will be evaluated according to the ability that students reveal:

    - to identify the essential issues related to the topic presented/discussed in class (without summarizing everything)
    - critically reflect on their own experience
    - select the general questions and point out some details considered most relevant
    - write a logical, coherent and structured narrative from what was observed, chosen, reflected on and distinguished

This UC has evaluation by frequency

In any evaluation moment, students must also take into consideration the provisions of nº3 of article 10º of the ''''Evaluation Rules of FCT NOVA'''', “When fraud or plagiarism is proven in any of the evaluation elements of a UC, students directly involved are outright disapproved at UC, (…). 

Subject matter

1. Presentation of the UC. Visit to DCR labs

2.  Introduction to C& R. What is heritage?

3. Conservation and self-ethnography.

4. Ethnography, religion and conservation

5. Collections management  and Principles of Preventive Conservation

6. Glass and glaze - a common story?

7. Conservation, Archaeometry and Metals

8. Unraveling the heritage in the Scientific Laboratory

9. Analog and digital photography - challenges for conservation

10. Conservation decision-making - the challenges of Contemporary Art

11. Verba volant, scripta manent . An introduction to graphic documents conservation

12. Preparation for oral presentations


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