Conservation and Restoration Center

    The mission of the Conservation and Restoration Center, founded in 2002, is to develop a policy of conservation and restoration of the entire written heritage: manuscripts, rare and valuable books, archives, maps, photos...

    The main objective of this policy is to ensure the preservation of the physical and digital heritage and to make its contents accessible for scientific research.
    The Center also provides conservation and restoration services for private collections: individuals, collectors, dioceses, municipalities, universities, families... 

    Press File
    1. L’Orient-Le Jour (Saturday 6 - Sunday April 7, 2013 - No 13718)
    2. An Nahar (Friday July 30, 2010 - No 24118)
    3. An Nahar (Saturday May 15, 2010 - No 24044)
    4. An Nahar (Thursday March 18, 2010 - No 23990)
    5. Al Anwar (Thursday March 18, 2010 - No 17402)
    6. An Nahar (Friday March 5, 2010 - No 23977)
    7. Al Dabbour (Friday October 30, 2009 - No 12705)
    8. Al Amal (May 29 - June 4, 2009 - No 13499)
    9. As Safir (Wednesday July 9, 2008 - No 11044)
    10. Al Balad (Saturday June 2, 2007 - No 1201)
    11. L’Orient-Le Jour (Friday September 30, 2005 - No 11483)
    12. As Safir (Friday September 23, 2005 - No 10204)
    Besides the vital equipment for conservation and restoration: vacuum, press, shears, sewing frame, shoulder vise, drying shelves etc., the Center has more sophisticated tools:
    - Wrapping material: welder for encapsulation
    - Preservation pencil: a system that produces steam and which is used to remove, lessen, soften and clean.
    - Heated spatula: manual device for producing hot air, electronically and continuously controlled for specific restoration works
    - Extractor fan for solvents
    - Vacuum packaging machine

    This machine is designed for vacuum packaging of dry or wet objects. It serves primarily to disinfect objects contaminated with fungi and insects by nitrogen injection, and provides an oxygen-free atmosphere. It is also used to dry wet objects with the injection of compressed air.
    In addition to the conservation and restoration of the written heritage, the Center offers the following services:
    - Expertise and instructions
    - Consultation and analysis of the condition of your collections.
    - Instructions for appropriate conservation and packaging of your collections.      
    - Development of inventory, identification and evaluation for your collections.     
    - Creation of a codicological description and a photographic documentation.    
    - Completion of reports written by experts. Assisting in case of natural disaster.  

    A quotation may be established on site and by appointment after analyzing the condition of the collection (free quotation).
    Contact us for more information.

    Heritage Bank
    The Conservation and Restoration Center provides a technical management of the written heritage in optimum conditions, and offers our bank as a safe and secure place where you can store your estimable collections.
    The characteristics of our bank are as follows:       
    - Premises built specifically for the storage of manuscripts and archives in order to meet the highest standards of conservation.
    - Air conditioning and ventilation are provided by a VRV system that manages the supply of fresh air and the extraction of wasted air.
    - Ideal humidity (50 ± 5%) and a stable temperature (18 ºC ± 2).
    - Shelves coated with a thermosetting baked powder.
    - Walls painted with an antifungal paint.
    - Protection against fire by a sophisticated system consisting of fire and smoke detectors, fire doors, alarm and a non-toxic gas to humans and safe for books (FM 200).
    - Protection against burglary provided by surveillance cameras and an alarm system.

    One of the objectives of the Conservation and Restoration Center is to train staff working in libraries and other institutions, who are interested with the preservation of written heritage, and contribute to activities that support the dissemination of information. To meet this objective, the Center organizes staff training and welcomes internships.
    The Center issues training certificates but does not provide diplomas.

    This includes a “preventive” and “curative” approach, providing:
    - Safeguarding the physical and aesthetic integrity of the document
    - Ensuring longevity of physical support
    - Transmitting the content of the collections to future generations 
    Preventive conservation consists of treatments to prevent and delay damage caused by the weather.
    It provides the best conditions for its conservation: environment, storage, use, staff awareness, emergency plan, creating substitutes...
    Curative conservation extends a document’s life, improves its condition and delays deterioration.
    Treatments of curative conservation of collections, applied by the Conservation and Restoration Center are realized as follows:
    - Disinfection and / or drying
    - Center focuses on the vacuum technology to disinfect collections.
    Each document undergoes disinfection through a sophisticated machine: “Henkovac Vacuum packaging machine” - Dry or scrub dust removal
    - Processing of leather bindings
    - Creating storage containers:
    The Centre is developing a choice of containers which differ depending on the size, importance and status of the document.
    The containers are made-to-measure with non-acidic materials (neutral pH or alkaline reserve). 

    Fixed Rates 
    Price per piece
    Disinfection   15.00 USD*
    Dust Removal  10.00 USD*
    Treatment of leather binding  5.00 USD*
    * Prices do not include VAT
      Small Format
    150 mm * 210 mm
    Medium Format
    300 mm * 210 mm
     Large format
    420 mm*300 mm 
    Soft Box  15.00 USD* 18.00 USD*   -
    Soft Case  18.00 USD* 20.00 USD*   -
    Mylar Pocket  3.00 USD* 5.00 USD*   7.00 USD*
    Flexible Pocket with 4 flaps  5.00 USD* 8.00 USD*   10.00 USD*
    Hard Pocket with 4 flaps  25.00 USD* 30.00 USD*  35.00 USD*
    Portfolio  30.00 USD*  35.00 USD*  40.00 USD*
    Shell Box  50.00 USD*  55.00 USD*  60.00 USD*
    Shell Box with lectern  70.00 USD* 80.00 USD*   90.00 USD*

    *Prices do not include VAT
    Restoration is a scientific process that requires direct intervention, either complete or partial, on a document, in order to improve both its physical state and the readability of its text, while respecting, as much as possible, the requirements of reversibility, authenticity, compatibility and the original material.

    Any restoration project is accompanied by a written and a photographic documentation.
    Written documentation includes:
    - Codicological description of the document
    - Detailed review of the object
    - Statement of condition
    - Choice of treatments
    - Description of the treatment
    - Recommendations after treatment

    This documentation will determine the suitable treatment required, keeping the intervention as limited as possible.

    Achievements of the Center
    Types of documents
    - Restoration of a manuscript
    - Restoration of a parish register
    - Restoration of a periodical
    - Restoration of an archive document
    - Restoration a printed book
    - Restoration of an Ottoman firman
    - Restoration of a geographic map
    Special Collections

    Gibran Khalil Gibran
    A project carried out in collaboration with “The Gibran National Committee” between 2007 and 2008.
    The collection of the Lebanese artist Gibran Khalil Gibran includes archives, manuscripts, drawings... and three print masters of the book The Prophet with corrections by the author.
    This collection has been treated for conservation and restoration purposes.

    Elias Abou Chabke
    Project carried out between 2006 and 2008, following the agreement between the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) and the Municipality of Zouk Mikael.
    The collection of the Lebanese poet Elias Abou Chabaké contains archives: newspaper clippings, photos, writings, invoices, correspondence and magazines.
    This collection has been treated for conservation and restoration purposes.

    Family Sursock
    This collection has been in process since 2011.
    The collection of Sursock, one of the largest families of Beirut, includes family records: accounting records, photos, letters, cards...
    This collection is being treated for conservation and restoration purposes.

    Departmental Archives of Jezzine
    This project has been in process since 2008.
    This collection is being treated for conservation and restoration purposes.

    Restoration step by step
    The Maronite Gospel, OLM 983 (Tamich1)

    This document is conserved at the USEK Library in optimal storage conditions: climate, security, lighting...

    One of the most remarkable manuscripts of the Lebanese Maronite Order, executed in Aleppo, Syria, contains a Syriac-Garshuni Gospel of the XVIIth century (1673, 354 ff, 33 x 23 x 10 cm) including a text on two columns (23 lines per column). The Gospels are divided according to the days and feasts of the Maronite liturgical year.
    This manuscript was copied and illuminated by the hand of Deacon Rizk - son of Pierre from the Marc family, the student of Bishop Gibrael (f.351v) - following the request of Bishop Gibrael El Blouzani for the monastery of Our Lady of Tamish, Lebanon. Three miniatures representing the evangelists: St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John illuminate this manuscript, and several portals mounted with a cross embellish the beginning of each Gospel. Throughout the pages, we find several details, filled with decorative Syriac letters, creating sometimes the shape of a cross ... This manuscript still retains its ancient binding in full leather.
    The text is written on oriental paper, 31 x 21 cm, two columns, the text on the right side in Syriac and on the left side in Garshuni, with thick and legible serto writing in black and red ink.

    - The manuscript before restoration
    - Cleaning sheets of book block and of binding
    - Pulling
    - Restoration of sheets
    - Packed sewing made identically on 5 slit-bands in thongs of calf leather
    - Rounding
    - First finishing in Japanese paper between bands, extending beyond the endpapers
    - Second finishing in Japanese paper between bands, extending beyond the boards
    - Third canvas finishing, extending beyond the back, hollowed out between bands and glued on the inner covers
    - Attaching the boards by lacing the thongs into two holes, and fixing them with pulp leather
    - Hollow back in Japanese paper between bands
    - Preparation of a molded Japanese paper back covered with canvas
    - Covering the back with a new tinted leather
    - Raised bands
    - Adding false headbands
    - Gluing of turn-in
    - Sanding and applying of original leather
    - Bandaging of the book after applying the new leather
    - The manuscript after restoration

    You can contact the Conservation and Restoration Center on the following address:
    Conservation and Restoration Center
    Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
    P.O. Box 446 Jounieh, Lebanon
    +961 9 600 378

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