The development of new conservation methods and theories incorporating knowledge from fundamental science, moving from an experience-based towards a knowledge-based conservation practice.


This theme aims at strengthening the existing ties with related disciplines and involving scientific disciplines in conservation research that as yet have not played a significant role in this field, thereby taking significant steps towards a new and innovative strategies for the conservation of cultural heritage. The end goal is to enable better and/or less invasive treatment options with possible reversibility and at the very least retreataility by developing general methodologies, using novel instruments and applications for treating, protecting and presenting objects. In addition, it seeks to fully understand the nature and effects of past conservation treatments. Conservation research can challenge scientists to develop innovative technologies and research questions, while new insights and expertise in the natural sciences in turn can inspire novel solutions in conservation practice. By challenging and stimulating each other, all disciplines benefit, raising standards and attaining a higher level of applicable knowledge.


Prof. dr. Ella Hendriks

University of Amsterdam

Paintings conservator Anna Krekeler working on Four Regents and the ‘House Father’ of the Amsterdam Lepers’ Asylum (c. 1624) by Werner van den Valckert.