From 5th to 8th March 2012

Organised By the Hepzibah Institute of Heritage Conservation in Collaboration with Photolam System Private Ltd, Chennai

The Hepzibah Institute of Heritage Conservation was founded by Dr. V. Jeyaraj, former Curator, Chemical Conservation and Research Laboratory, Government Museum, Chennai-600 008, on 8th March 2009 in order to train interested persons in the field of conservation of heritage and museology with a view of safeguarding the cultural, artistic and written heritage. It conducts regularly training programmes in conservation and museology in the institute, arranges workshops and seminars in colleges and other cultural institutions besides delivering lectures in the field. It provides consultancy services in chemical conservation and museology to those who approach the Institute in this regard. The Photolam System (P) Ltd., Chennai is committed to the preservation and lamination of manuscripts, printed books and related activities in the written heritage.

Training on Records Management Hepzibah Institute of Heritage Conservation in collaboration with the Photolam System (P) Ltd., Chennai, conducts a short-term course on Records Management and Preservation for those who are employed in cultural institutions like  libraries, archives, museums, galleries, colleges, corporate offices and also to those who are interested in this field. This course is slated for the period from 5th to 8th  March 2012 (4 working days). Preference will be given to chemistry graduates. Plus two candidates with interest also will be considered. Efficient candidates after training will be provided with placement. 

Syllabus of the Training Programme The following titles will be handled during the course.  1. Introduction to written heritage, 2. Material Science of written materials,  3. Documentation including photography, 4. Damaging agencies to the written heritage, 5. Preventive Conservation,  6. Interventive Conservation, 7. Conservation of written materials   8. Restoration of written materials,  9.  Storage, 10. Disaster Management , 11. Evaluation of written heritage. There will be practical classes pertaining to the subjects handled. They will be taken to institutions which maintain records.

Faculty of the Institution Dr. V. Jeyaraj being the Director of the Institute will handle most of the classes and coordinate the programme. Mr. P. Renganathan, Director of the Photolam System (P) Ltd., will coordinate with the admission and practicals. Prof. B. Ramesh Babu, University of Madras; Fr. Dr. Vijay Kiran, Archivist, Mylapore Diocease, Chennai; Mr. P. Renganathan, Director, Photolam Pvt. Limited, Chennai; Mr. J. Abraham Durairaj, Technical Manager, Photon, Chennai;  experts from Government Departments will be the resource persons.

Medium of Instruction The medium of instruction will be English. Both theory and practicals will be handled in English.

Fees The fee for attending the training programme will be Rs. 2000/- (Rupees two thousand) only. 

Accommodation and Food The Hepzibah Institute of Heritage Conservation do not have accommodation facilities. But it can arrange accommodation on behalf of the participants on request. South Indian food can be arranged in the Hepzibah Home for the Aged on request on charge basis.

Examination and Certificate There will be an examination at the end of the training programme. An objective type of test will be conducted relevant to the subjects handled. A certificate of participation will be awarded at the end of the programme. The participants will have to submit a dissertation for about 10 pages on any of the chosen subjects during the training programme.


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