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Restoration Centre

History

Restoration Centre is a structural subdivision of Šiauliai Aušros Museum and was opened in 2001. Specialists, who are qualified and certified in accordance with the procedure established by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, work in the Restoration Centre. Laboratory tests are being carried out in the Restoration Centre, documents, printed matters, old photographs, lithographs, wooden polychromized sculptures, paintings frames, historical and ethnographic wooden and metal items are being conserved and restored, a preventive supervision of the exhibits is being done.

Restorers organize exhibitions in the Museum, read papers in the scientific-practical conferences and seminars about the restoration and preservation of the museum valuables, conduct educational programmes, provide methodical information.

At the end of 2005, the Restoration Centre was relocated to new premises in Ch. Frenkelis Villa. The Restoration Centre is equipped with new modern laboratory apparatuses: fume hoods, a special "bath" for washing the paper, press machines, tables.

 

Activity

 

1. Laboratory tests

Tests of paper and metal are being carried out in the laboratory. Paper's acidity is being measured, as well as its constituent part lignin is being identified, a qualitative analysis of ink is being carried out, stains and glues are being examined, the threads which bind the documents are being identified.

 

2. Document restoration

Manuscripts, printed matters, books, old photographs, lithographs and other museum valuables made of paper are conserved and restored. Firstly, the laboratory tests are being carried out. While restoring the old documents, natural materials are being selected; various methodologies of conservation are being used for modern documents. Protective inserts are being made for the restored exhibits.

Newspapers „Įdomus mūsų momentas" (Our Interesting Moment)
(the 1st part of the 20th century, paper made of wood pulp, black printing ink).
January 12, 1935. GEK 34722 T-S 1519/1.
August 2, 1936. GEK 34722 T-S 1519/25.
The newspapers – before and after restoration.

 

3. Restoration of polychrome sculptures and wooden artefacts

In the workshop of polychrome sculptures and wood restoration, the wooden household appliances, ethnographic furniture, sculptures are being conserved and restored. The museum valuables are being disinfected; the wood and the polychromic layer are being consolidated. Spots which have no polychromic layer are being primed, toned, and covered with protective coating. If needed, the construction is being consolidated, the broken off parts are being glued, and the missing parts are being restored.

Sculpture of "St. John of Nepomuk" (from Kražiai Church, the 1st part of the 20th century, wood, carving, polychromy), ŠAM D-LS 298

 

4. Restoration of metal articles

Exhibits made of metal are being conserved in the workshop of metal articles restoration. The tests are being carried out first. Then the museum valuables are being cleaned, the substances which induce the corrosion are being removed, the metal is being consolidated and covered with the protective coating.

Candlestick (the end of the 19th century, copper fusion, silvering) GEK 30269 D-P 1272.

Kerosene lamp (the beginning of the 20th century, iron fusion, glass) GEK 101769 EB-5501.
The exhibits – before and after conservation.

 

Services

• Personnel of other institutions and private persons are being consulted at the Restoration Centre concerning conservation, restoration, and exhibits preservation.

• Museum valuables belonging to other institutions or private persons are being conserved and restored under the treaties.

• Educational excursions are being organized.

 

Contacts

Address: Vilniaus Street 74, LT-76283, Šiauliai. Tel.: (8 41) 52 43 84, mob. tel.: +370 614 99 047

E-mail restauravimas@ausrosmuziejus.lt

Vita Andrulienė – the Head of the Restoration Centre, the first qualification category restorer of documents.

Elvina Karosienė – the second qualification category restorer of documents.

Angelina Kaušiuvienė – the first qualification category restorer of polychrome wooden artefacts.

Ramūnas Šambaras – the third qualification category restorer of metal artefacts.