News and Events

November 3 - 4, 2016

Organisation of the 4th edition of the International Seminar and Workshop Emerging Technology and Innovation for Cultural Heritage (ETICH) with the theme Diagnosis and Monitoring Hierarchically Complex Historical Materials.

After four years of an intensive multidisciplinary research and international dialogue the project Intelligent system for analysis and diagnosis of collagen-based artefacts COLLAGE PNCDI II 224/2012 concludes its activities through this final seminar and presents the outcomes of its work devoted to the analysis and diagnosis of collagen-based artefacts to the audience of scientists, conservators, restorers, educators and end users.

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October 2016

In situ non-destructive analysis campaign at the Romanian Academy Library (III)

The collection of documents on parchment issued by the Chancery of Stephen the Great has been investigated using NMR MOUSE (Magritek Gmbh, Aachen, Germany). Both the conservation condition of documents and the quality of the parchment making technique were assessed for 33 documents (13 documents with seals and 20 without seals).


July 24 - 29, 2016

In situ non-destructive analysis campaign at the Bucovina Museum, Suceava (III)

Some documents on parchment issued by the Chancery of Stephen the Great has been investigated using digital microscopy (Dino-Lite Premier digital microscope AM4013MTL-FVW model), FTIR-ATR spectroscopy (Alpha Bruker portable spectrophotometer), colour spectroscopy (Datacolor CHECK II Plus digital spectrophotometer) and thermal microscopy (imageMHT prototype). Both the conservation condition of documents and the quality of the parchment making technique were assessed. The results of this campaign will be disseminated at the Simpozionul Bucovina - File de istorie (editia XVIII), 28 - 29 nov 2016, Suceava.


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December 4th, 2014 - Codex Altemberger

The parchment Codex Altemberger owned by the National Museum of Romanian History (MNIR) has been investigated in view of its display in the series of the monthly micro exhibits organised by MNIR.

Codex Altemberger is a manuscript on parchment of 15th century which contains a collection of municipal laws written according to the German burgs laws. It was used until the late 18th century as the official code of the Saxons. In 1979 the manuscript was transferred from the Brukenthal National Museum (Sibiu) to the National Museum of Romanian History (Bucharest). It consists of 181 parchment sheets hand written on both sides and embelished by illuminations. The binding, made of wood and red leather, was most likely added in the 19th century during the restoration of the manuscript.

X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) and infrared attenuated total reflection (FTIR/ATR) were employed to assess the damage level of the parchment and identify the inks and pigments used. The results are summarized in the following poster.


November 25th, 2014 - Presentation of imageMHT at the
Restoration Laboratory of the Hungarian National Archives, Budapest

The Bilateral collaboration project LIBER (PNII 671/2013) between INCDTP-ICPI and the Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Research Center of Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy (IMEC/RCNS/HAS), was an important opportunity of dissemination in the framework of the COLLAGE project. During the last mobility period in Budapest a visit to the Restoration Laboratory of the National Hungarian Archives was organized. The discussions with the Head of the Laboratory, Ms. Dorottya Szlabey and her colleagues were focused on parchment and leather and, in particular Dr Elena Badea (INCDTP-ICPI), Dr Zoltan Sebestyen (IMEC/RCNS/HAS) and PhD Cristina Carsote (MNIR) reported on their work carried out on parchment and leather, talking about damage assessment using both micro-destructive techniques, i.e. microDSC and Pyrolysis-GC-MS, and the new automatic method imageMHT.


October 30th, 2014 - 3rd International Seminar and Workshop on
Emerging Technology and Inovation for Cultural Heritage (ETICH 2014)

The main theme of the seminar is Advanced Technology for Diagnosis, Preservation and Management of Historical and Archaeological Parchment, Leather and Textile Artefacts. The seminar was organized on 15 - 18 October at the Centre for Heritage, ASTRA Museum, Sibiu.

Seminar announcement - ICOM-CC Newsletter
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September 29th, 2014 - The Secrets of the Parchment of Marco Polo's Testament
The non-invasive assessment of the condition and manufacture of the
parchment of Marco Polo's Testament
in collaboration with Marciana Library of Venice, and SCRINIUM SpA, Venice

Dr Elena Badea and PhD Cristina Carsote were in charge of a detailed survey of the Marco Polo testament (1324), as part of the multidisciplinary project concerning its digitalisation and enhancement promoted by Marciana Library and SCRINIUM SpA, was fully non-invasive and based on a list of parchment features that inform questions of origin, manufacture, current condition and degree of deterioration.

Only portable, non-invasive instruments were employed: digital microscope Dino-Lite Premier model AM4013MTL-FVW, Datacolor CHECK II Plus specrophotometer and Bruker Alpha FTIR spectrophmeter. Ad hoc protocols were set up based on the optimised analytical protocols developed in the EC IDAP and PNII COLLAGE projects. Both sides of the parchment, namely grain or hair side and corium or flesh side were the object of an overall macroscopic and microscopic assessment followed by the measurement of colour and spectroscopic analysis. The condition of the ink used was illustrated and evaluated by means of macro and detailed microscopic images.

The testaments of Marco called the old and that of Matteo (1300), the uncle and half-brother of Marco Polo, drawn up in close times (1280 and 1300, respectively) were also analysed for comparison purposes.

The results are going to be published in the volume "Il Testamento di Marco Polo: edited by Tiziana Plebani, SCRINIUM Publishing House, Venice, expected later in the spring for 2015.


July 1st - 5th, 2014 - Participation at the 3rd International Congress
"Chemistry for Cultural Heritage", Vienna

During the Congress some of the results obtained in the frame of COLLAGE project about the effect of atmospheric pollutants on parchments, use of microDSC, FTIR-ATR and NMR MOUSE to assess damage of artificially aged and historical parchment and leather have been presented to the audience with one talk (Elena Badea) and three poster presentations (Irina Petroviciu, Cristina Carsote and Claudiu Sendrea). The titles of the contributions presented during the congress are listed at The Project/Dissemination.

For further information about the Congress, please refer to the official website.


Some images of the event


April 25th, 2014 - Biblia Magna from Novalesa Abbey, The State Archives of Turin
In collaboration with The State Archives of Turin and
Department of Humanistic Studies, University of Turin

The Bilateral collaboration project ParIS (PNII 638/2013) between ICPE-CA and the Department of Humanistic Studies, University of Turin (UNITO), was an important opportunity of conducting non-invasive and micro-invasive assessment campaigns on parchment documents and rolls from various collections from the State Archives of Turin.

During one week Dr Irina Petroviciu, Dr Elena Badea and PhD student Cristina Carsote have investigated 52 notary documents from XI - XII century from the Collections Abbazia di Novalesa and Abbazia di Rivalta through optical microscopy and FTIR/ATR spectroscopy using portable instrumentation, i.e. Premier AM4013MTL-FVW DinoLite digital microscope and Alpha spectrometer from Bruker Optics. The documents' selection made together with Prof. Alessandro Vitale Brovarone aimed at facilitating the study of the fabrication technology and identification of materials added to parchment during the manufacturing process. Damage assessment at macroscopic, microscopic and molecular levels was also performed. Due to the opportunity to investigate such very old parchment documents, the study has also aimed at a better understanding of the advantages and limitations of FTIR/ATR as a non-invasive diagnosis tool. One day has been dedicated to the study of 15 polychrome pages of the wonderful Biblia Magna of the Novalessa Abbey (XIth century) preserved at the State Archives of Turin.


October 9th, 2013 - 2nd International Seminar and Workshop

2nd International Seminar and Workshop on Emerging Technology and Innovation for Cultural Heritage (RTICH 2013) with the theme Parchment, Leather and Textiles Collections and their Environment was held at the Romanian Academy Library, Bucharest, on 3 - 6 September.


Download the program here

On this occasion an exhibition of Romanian old parchment documents and leather bindings preserved at the Romanian Academy Library was prepared.

More details here


June 28th, 2013 - Seminar Announced

2nd International Seminar and Workshop on Emerging Technology and Innovation for Cultural Heritage: Parchment, Leather and Textiles Collections and Their Environment Bucharest, Romania, 1st - 7th September 2013

The program is available here.


March 3rd, 2013 - Collage Brochure

Is available here.


March 3rd, 2013 - Workshops and Seminars

Midterm Demonstrative Workshop and Seminar open to CH professionals will illustrate the capabilities and advantages of using the integrated instrument imageMHT by comparison with the traditional MHT method and gather the endusers feedback.
(expected for April 2014)

Final Seminar and Workshop for disseminating the results of the Project and training conservators in using the new imageMHT system.
(expected for June 2015)
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Oct 6th, 2012 - TV Release

TVR 1, "Omul si timpul"
The video can be viewed here.


Oct. 2nd, 2012 - Press Release

Mira Telecom creates innovative collagen fibers shrinkage measurement system to support cultural patrimony objects preservation Bucharest, Romania, October 02, 2012

Read the full press release here.


Sept 26th, 2012 - Seminar & Workshop Review

E-Conservation Magazine, Issue No. 25, p. 17- 21 (2012)
1st International Seminar and Workshop on Emerging Technology and Innovation for Cultural Heritage
Reviewed by Irina Petroviciu and Cristina Carsote.

Full text is available here.


Sept. 25th, 2012 - Press Conference

Press Conference on the 1st International Seminar and Workshop Preservation of Parchment, Leather and Textiles National Museum of Romanian History, Bucharest, 25 September 2012

Read the full press release here (Romanian only).