Department of Restoration and Research

The Department of Restoration and Research of the Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar has been active from the formal foundation of the museum in 2006. The department worked in the premises of the Archaeological Museum in Zadar until 2009, and after the opening in May 2009, the Department was located in the new laboratory of the museum.

Primary activity of the Department of Restoration and Research is preventive and active protection and analysis of movable archaeological glass finds, and their professional and scientific presentation. At the same time, the Department hosts experimental archaeology programs in order to explore ancient and medieval glassmaking and restoration techniques, as well as a systematized program of conducting physical analyses on archaeological glass samples, alongside making a database on structural characteristics of the collection of Roman glass from the Museum of Ancient Glass. Reconstruction solutions are improved by research and systematic use of 3D scanning and printing technology.

Although the museum is focused primarily on ancient archaeological material, its constitutional units also treat material of other historical periods, as well as the finds from submerged and submarine sites. In all these activities, interdisciplinary coooperation is continuously expanded with institutions that contribute to higher quality and more precise interpretation of glass archaeological heritage. Experiences and results realized in cooperation with the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, Research Unit Vicarte (Vidro e Cerâmica para artes) from Portugal, Institute of Public Health in Zadar and others, are systematically presented in domestic and international professional and scientific conferences.

Entire theoretical and empirical experience of the Department of Restoration and Research of the Museum of Ancient Glass is transferred to the students engaged in the protection of cultural heritage through a long-standing cooperation with the Department of Restoration of the Academy of Arts in Split.

Contacts:

Šime Perović, senior conservator-restorer and curator
E-mail: sime.perovic@mas-zadar.hr
Tel: +385 23 363 838

Ivana Matković, restorer
E-mail: ivana.matkovic@mas-zadar.hr

Tel: +385 23 363 838

Department of Restoration and Research