Department of Restoring and Conserving Museum Objects
The Department of Restoring and Conserving Museum Objects was founded in 1945, as part of the reforms carried out under the guidance of K. Ghafadarian in the museum at that time.
The Department specialists have permanently taken part in the archeological expeditions , carried out in the republic of Armenia. They have restored and strengthened tens of thousands unique archeological objects, found at the excavations of Lchashen, Artik, Karmir Blour, Shengavit, Lori Berd, Dvin and other archeological sites in Armenia, also extensive ethnographic material collected in different regions ofArmenia, church utensils, etc. Many of these objects have been exhibited in the museum expositions and various exhibitions abroad.
Work orientation in the laboratories of the Department corresponds to the prevailing materials of the objects kept in the HMA collections. The Department is mainly engaged in restoring and conserving objects of clay, archeological and new-type metal of nearly all historical periods.Specimens of decorative-applied art in the collections are restored and strengthened. Restoration of especially rugs and flat-woven karpets, traditional costume sets, church utensils and vestments comprise an important part.
Parallel to restoration, completion and conservation, great importance is attached to the state control of the objects and their maintaining conditions. To control the maintenance of the exhibits in the halls, also to define and prevent their possible decay, they are periodically examined in the halls. To define the necessity of controlling and conserving the objects kept in the funds, a technical examination is carried out, recording the basic information on the physical state of the objects.
Besides these responsibilities in the museum, the Department performs restoration and conservation of objects from other museums or private collections. It has also collaborated with leading restoration centres in Russia, (St. Petersburg, Moscow), France (Vienne, Nantes) Holland (Leiden, Zutphen) and other countries. The workers of the Department take part in international seminars and training courses.