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Previous Trainings/ Workshops/ Technical Discussions and other activities

June 2-4, 2014


It's 46th National Conference, ‘Conservation of Cultural Property in India: Steady Steps Ahead’ was organized by the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre from June 2 - 4, 2014. The event was being held under the aegis of the Art Conservation Resurgence Project supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. The objective of the Conference was to take stock of art conservation in India, share experience and engage in dialogue to take steady steps ahead to further the cause of conservation of cultural property. The conference opened the debate of the status of art conservation in India.

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January 27, 2014
1st Indian Symposium On Photography Conservation And Collections Management
With the aim to give a boost to the ongoing efforts to preserve the history and to create awareness on Photo preservation, conservation and restoration, the Goa Center for Alternative photography in collaboration with the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre initiated this one-day symposium as part of Historical Photo Restoration Week. Supported by the Goethe institute/Max Mueller Bhavan, and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. This symposium was aimed at collectors, custodians, professional and aspiring conservators, and other professionals involved with the care, conservation and management of photographs, to gain a holistic view of the many facets of Photography.
January 28-29, 2014

Workshop on 'Photographs Conservation and Collections Management'

Photographs are probably the most-represented media after paper-based objects, but custodians and conservators often feel there is lack of knowledge and skill to address photographs conservation issues in India. To address this issue, a Photographs Conservation Workshop was organized. The main objective of this workshop is that at the end of the workshop each participant will be able to compile a set of information related to identification of types of photographs, their damages and possible preventive and remedial conservation.

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January 12-14, 2014
Workshop on 'Art Conservation Solutions and Strategies - especially for coastal areas' , Madhavan Nayar Foundation, Kerala 
The main objective of this workshop was that at the end of the 3 days , the following will be achieved. 1) Queries related to preventing or treating damages to art objects will be answered; 2) A discussion on the problems faced by various stakeholders in heritage preservation. 3) Preparation of a draft version of an action plan for improving art conservation facilities and activities in the coastal states.
October 15 - 18, 2013
Antifungal Treatment Workshop at Museum of Christian Art, Goa 
A hands-on practical antifungal treatment workshop was organized to treat the entire museum collection. A basic training on antifungal treatment was given to the participants and the staff of MOCA.
September 30 - October 5, 2013
Initiation workshop on Establishment of a paper conservation unit, Goa 
At the end of this five day workshop, each participant was able to design a paper conservation unit furnished with equipment, tools and materials to address the conservation needs of his/her collection. The participants were also able to write down the basic conservation treatments required to address the condition of the collection. The topics covered included establishment of a paper conservation unit, documentation system, emergency treatments, climate monitoring and remedial action, conservation decisions and practical conservation exercises.
August 26 -27, 2013 in Mumbai and August 29 -30, 2013 in Delhi
Workshop on X-Ray Fluorescence Physics
This two day program provided participants with a fundamental knowledge of the physics of X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and how to apply this technique to elemental analysis of all materials important to art and Archaeology. It trained participants in the use of handheld XRF Systems through hands- on analysis. This workshop was conducted by Dr. Lee Drake, Applications Scientist, Bruker Elemental and Dr. Aviva Burntock, Head of the Department of Conservation & Technology, Courtauld Institute of Art.
August 06 -10, 2013

Workshop on Preparation of Base Documents for care of Christian Art, Goa 

At the end of this five day workshop, each participant group was able to prepare the framework of a series of base documents for the care of Christian art, with special reference to their own collections. The topics covered included overview of the dispersion and the issues that accost Ecclesiastical art in Goa, Terminologies related to Christian Art, An understanding of the Material and Technology of various types of sacred, ritual objects, Understanding deterioration and Preparation of condition assessment reports, Care of Objects: Handling, maintenance, storage, display, conservation and restoration.

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July 24, 2012
Damage Mapping Documentation at Basgo Monastery, Leh-Ladhak 
A small practical hands-on training session on photo documentation of the damages as well to make condition assessment reports of the manuscripts was done with the locals of the Basgo village present at the Basgo monastery by the CSMVS team.
September 14, 2012
Illustrative lecture on “Emerging Trends in Museum” 
An in-house illustrative lecture and a group discussion on “Emerging Trends in Museum” was conducted in the month of September 2012, by Mr. Vinod Daniel, Chairman AusHeritage and CEO of Daniel Heritage Services Pvt. Ltd.
October 7 – 17, 2012
Intensive training workshop on manuscript conservation at Basgo 
A training project on the conservation of the kaa-geur manuscript of the Basgo Monastery commenced from Oct 7 - 19, 2012. Six persons are being trained. This is being done in collaboration with the Basgo Welfare Committee.
February 27 - 28, 2013
Museums Matter – India Australia Connections; Building And Environment Design For Care Of Cultural Collections In Coastal Areas 
A two day program including participants and experts, from different institutions intended to focus on ideas that address new thinking on the relevance of museums in today’s world more broadly on museum environments, standards and pest control to other initiatives such as disaster preparedness, architectural and building best practice and storage issues as well as curatorial, exhibitions and visitor considerations and maritime heritage with a particular emphasis on small practical workshops and case studies. Through group work the participants identified resources and directional frameworks to develop an implementation plan that will be widely disseminated for practical use to advance the work of museums.
April 8, 2012
Art Conservation First Steps; an introductory workshop on the basics of art conservation, with emphasis on preventive conservation’ 
The participants include the M.A. Ancient Indian Culture students & Professors from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. The objective of this workshop was that at the end of this one day workshop, each participant will be able to fill up an object condition report and write down on a given format, a preventive conservation plan for it. The exercises and sessions were based on documentation and significance of the objects that they were carrying, its articulation, material and technology study, condition report preparation, its deterioration and strategy of preventive conservation as well as international exhibitions: handling, packing and transport.
 April 9, 2013
Textile Conservation Strategy; Technical Discussion
The discussions focused on identifying the material & technology of CSMVS collection of textile pieces, tabulation of causes of damage and discussions on the emergency treatments and best options for display of the costumes some of which are weak. Each textile object was studied closely to identify - textile type, weave type, damages and possible causes, unique features of that particular type of object, preventive and remedial conservation treatment, display, and storage.
 May 04, 2013
Workshop on packing and transport for an international loan exhibition
The main objective of this workshop was for systems and processes for the packing and transport of the Alpaiwalla Museum collection for international transport and temporary storage. The process is completely based on the material type of the object. The workshop focused on types of transportation and precautions, tasks involved in the packing process, mediums for packing, and detailed methodology of the entire packing systems and procedures


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