The ENCoRE Document of Constitution

Document of Constitution, Dresden, 9th November 1997

Initiated by the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Conservation, Copenhagen, a first European meeting of representants of academic institutions with education in conservation and restoration took place in Dresden on 8 and 9 November.

This meeting was supported by Free State of Saxony, Ministery for Science and Fine Arts and the Federal Ministery of Education, Science, Research and Technology.

A European Network for Conservation / Restoration Education has been founded on this meeting.

Document of constitution

1. Establishment

A European working group with the aim of promoting education and research in the field of conservation / restoration of cultural heritage called the European Network for Conservation / Restoration Education ENCoRE shall be established on the 9 November 1997 by the undersigned representatives of academic institutions as founding members.

2. Aims

ENCoRE seeks to maintain and promote in Europe on an academic level the education of the conservator-restorer according to the Professional Guidelines of E.C.C..O. 1993/94 (1) and encouraged by the Document of Pavia 1997 (2).

3. Objectives

ENCoRE will
3.1 instigate, establish and promote opportunities for collaboration between academic institutions for education and research in conservation / restoration in Europe
3.2 instigate, establish and promote new partnerships between institutions providing a high quality of conservation / restoration activities in Europe

4. ENCoRE will meet these aims and objectives by:

4.1 increasing opportunity and efficiency for the exchange of students of conservation / restoration
4.2 increasing opportunity and efficiency for exchange within conservation / restoration education
4.3 increasing opportunity and efficiency for the promotion of collaborative research in conservation / restoration
4.4 establishing a shared database of information relating to the current structure and activities of academic institutions in Europe providing education in conservation / restoration which can be constantly updated
4.5 defining and developing potential collaborative projects within membership of ENCoRE
4.6 defining and developing potential collaborative projects with selected external partners e.g. non member institutions within Europe
4.7 exploring the potential for exchange between academic institutions within the European Credit Transfer System ECTS
4.8 researching and developing methodology in education for conservation/restoration within academic institutions
4.9 examining and articulating the equability of provision for education in conservation/restoration within the membership and partnership of ENCoRE
4.10 disseminating results of the activities of ENCoRE
4.11 disseminating results of research projects of ENCoRE
4.12 promoting and supporting the publication of students' research projects establishing and publishing an agreed glossary relating to conservation / restoration terminology.

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5. Participation in ENCoRE

Participation in ENCoRE requires membership or partnership.
5.1 Academic institutions which provide education in conservation / restoration within the European Union can apply for membership.
5.2 Academic institutions which provide education in conservation / restoration in Europe can apply for partnership.
5.3 Institutions providing high qualitiy of conservation/restoration activities in Europe can apply for collaborative partnership
5.4 Application for membership or partnership in ENCoRE will be considered initially by the Board and put to the General Assembly for consideration and approval.

6. Further Statutes

6.1 Further statutes concerning structure and organisation will be defined and agreed at the first General Assembly consisting of founding members in May 1998 in Copenhagen.
6.2 A provisional Board consisting of three represen-tatives of the founding members has to be elected on 9. November 1997 by the undersigned founding members.

(1) E.C.C.O. European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organizations, E.C.C.O. Professional Guide-lines (I) The Profession, (II) Code of Ethics, (III) Basic requirements for Education in Conservation/Restoration, adoptedby the General Assemblies in 1993 and 1994 in Brussels

(2) The Document of Pavia, adopted on 22nd October 1997 in Pavia on the European Summit 'Preservation of Cultural heritage: Towards a European Profile of the Conservator-Restorer', 18- 22 October 1997.

Unanimously adopted in Dresden, November 9th 1997

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Board voted by the founding members

This board will coordinate the activities until the first General Assembly of the founding members in Copenhagen 1998

  • René Larsen, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Conservation, Copenhagen
  • Ulrich Schießl, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden
  • Wolfgang Baatz, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna

Founding members:


  • Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien, Meisterschule für Restaurierung und Konservierung, Vienna
  • Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Meisterklasse für Konservierung und Restaurierung, Vienna


  • Hogeschool Antwerpen, Department B, Conservation Section, Antwerp


  • The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Conservation, Copenhagen


  • Vantaa Institute for Art and Design, Department of Conservation Studies, Vantaa


  • Université de Paris Sorbonne I, U.F.R. d'Art et d'Archäologie, M.S.T. de conservation et restauration des biens culturels, Paris
  • Institut Francais de Formation des Restaurateurs d'Oeuvres d'Art IFFROA, Saint Denis La Pleine


  • Fachhochschule Erfurt, Fachbereich Restaurierung, Erfurt
  • Fachhochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Studiengang Restaurierung, Berlin
  • Fachhochschule Hildesheim-Holzminden, Studiengang Restau-rierung, Hildesheim
  • Fachhochschule Köln, Fachbereich Restaurierung und Konservierung von Kunst- und Kulturgut, Köln
  • Fachhochschule Potsdam, Studiengang Restaurierung, Potsdam
  • Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, Fachbereich II, Studiengang Restaurierung, Dresden
  • Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart;Institut für Technologie der Malerei, Stuttgart
  • Technische Universität München, Studiengang Restaurierung, München


  • Escola Superior de Conservacao e Restauro, Lissabon

United Kingdom

  • University of London, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
  • University of Cambridge, Hamilton Kerr Institute, Whittlesford, Cambridge
  • University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Conservation Department, Newcastle upon Tyne


  • University of Barcelona, Faculty of Fine Arts, Specialization of Conservation/Restoration, Barcelona
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Faculdad de Bellas Artes, Madrid


  • Göteborg University, Department of Conservation, Göteborg

Undersigned Partners:


  • Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Art Restoration, Zagreb

Czech Republic

  • Academie Vytarnych Umeni V Praze, Conservation Department, Praha


  • Academy of Fine Arts Budapest, Institute of Restorer's Training, Budapest


  • Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo, Lurano


  • Limburg Conservation Institute, Maastricht


  • University of Oslo, Department of Conservation Studies, Oslo


  • Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Krakov
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Conservation and Restoration, Warsaw
  • Nicholas Copernicus University Torun, Department of Conservation, Torun


  • Fachklasse für Konservierung und Restaurierung HFG, Höhere Schule für Gestaltung, Bern