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Document Restoration: Conservatism and Innovations

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From April 8th to April 12th of this year, the Russian State Library held the VII International Scientific and Practical Seminar on the topic "Document Restoration: Conservatism and Innovations" in Moscow.

The speech of Vadim Valeryevich Duda, the General Director of the Russian State Library,

at the official opening ceremony of the seminar.

Conservators and restorers from leading libraries and archives of the Russian Federation, CIS countries, and Turkey took part in this seminar.

Participants of the Seminar

  1. Khodjaeva, an employee of the Conservation and Restoration Department at the Abu Rayhan Beruni Institute of Oriental Studies of Uzbekistan Academy of Science, also participated with a report on the topic "Specifics of Restoring Eastern Manuscripts." Representatives from several libraries expressed interest in the restoration of Eastern manuscripts and expressed a desire to develop their skills specifically in this area.

Доклад Б. Ходжаевой на тему "Специфика реставрации восточных рукописей"

At the seminar, all aspects of conservation and restoration were discussed, including inventory monitoring of collections and libraries, causes of damage to manuscript books, documents, historical globes, maps, and atlases, as well as cleaning them from pigment stains, restoring leather, paper, parchment, and newspapers, and the effects of inks and pigments on paper. In the first half of the day, methods of work, experts' experiences, work processes, new technologies were presented, and in the second half of the day, 6-7 workshops were held simultaneously in different directions in laboratories and classrooms.

Y.S. Berezin, a top-rated restorer from the State Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow, conducted a master class in the main hall titled "Duplication Methods: Chinese and Japanese Technology," demonstrating the differences between the two methods.

Y.S. Berezin’s master class

N.O. Omelchuk, an restorer of the 1st category from the Restoration Department of Library Funds at the Russian State Library, conducted a master class on the topic "Restoration of Severely Damaged Documents with Duplication on Japanese Silk Paper," demonstrating how to neutralize document acidity, clean pigment stains, and perform restoration stages.


N.O. Omelchuk demonstrates how to neutralize the acidity of paper.

Under the guidance of D.S. Levina, a 6th grade bookbinder from the Binding Department of the Russian State Library, a master class on "Bookbinding" was conducted, demonstrating 4 methods of sewing books, brochures, and magazines.

Master class under the guidance of D.S. Levina

A.A. Kashcheev, the Head of the Preventive Conservation Sector at the Restoration Department of Library Funds of the Russian State Library, conducted a master class titled "Photodocuments with Different Stratigraphic Features: Stabilization of Bio-damage," presenting practical steps in determining the causes of damage, disinfecting photodocuments, and their proper preservation.

А.А.Кащеевнинг маҳорат дарси

This seminar brought together over a hundred specialists from various countries to unite efforts in the field of conservation and restoration, stimulate development and exchange of experiences, and also provided an opportunity to acquire new knowledge. Participants, including B. Khodjaeva from the Institute of Oriental Studies, gained new knowledge and ideas. These insights are not only focused on restoring ancient manuscripts but also offer significant opportunities for applying modern methods and practical training.

Such scientific and practical events make a significant contribution to the development of the conservation and restoration sphere.


Part of the seminar participants.


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