Proceedings: “The Basics of Stone Conservation”

The Architect Aleksandar Radovic Foundation was established in 2016 in order to permanently preserve the memory of life and work of our famous architect and conservator, whose name it carries.

Much of the architect Radovic’s daily routine was focused on selfless and versatile support for young people who were just stepping into the world of conservation. The idea to continue this noble and socially beneficial activity, year after year, through the Foundation’s educational programs attracts more and more attention.

After two international volunteer restoration camps, which were successfully implemented at Caričin grad during 2017 and in the village of Gostuša in 2018, in August 2019 the first Conservation Summer School was held at the Museum of Ponišavlje in Pirot.

This publication provides an insight into the basics of stone conservation, through an overview of relevant lectures held in the theoretical part of the summer school, and for this occasion summarized in appropriate short texts, as well as through work reports and specific examples of applied methodology and results obtained. Also, one of the important goals of the project is to emphasise the importance of preserving stone objects and artefacts, and to present in one place some of the key problems and their possible solutions, both for experts and for the general public.

Heritage is all around us and is accessible to all. This is good, but often because of ignorance or lack of the right information, even with good intentions, irreversible mistakes can be made.

“The Basics of Stone Conservation”, as a small but rich in contents publication, is informative in nature and aims to demonstrate, through theory and practice, how stone objects, which are in this case part of museum collection, can be handled in an appropriate manner and preserved for future generations. This was precisely the aim of the summer school from which this booklet came, including another important aspect, namely cooperation with cultural institutions and the realisation of tangible assistance. Similar principles can be applied to individual smaller structures and monuments located outdoors, in their original environment or in displaced locations, and modified and combined with numerous other methodologies may apply to buildings and other structures in certain cases.

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