Outing to a Conservation Lab and Archives

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

This afternoon we went to Bruges to visit the conservation school which is a part of SYNTRA West. The students and teacher provided many demonstrations. We learned that wet paper needs a support when handling the paper or it will tear. We also saw several different ways of making boxes and were given a pattern that we could use.

After our visit we went to the National Archives building to observe the graduation ceremonies for the first class of conservation students. The course is two years long and costs about 3,000 euros.

We concluded our evening with a lecture by the Archivist. He showed us many different documents and explained about the archives program.