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Insight into Restoration and Conservation

For three days, Director Armida Batori, archivist Cecilia Prosperi and restorer Claudia Pappalardo from the Rome Institute for the Conservation of Archives (Istituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e librario) have been staying at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen procuring themselves an overview of the ongoing restoration and conservation of the documents. “I had no idea of the huge amount of documents here. I am impressed and moved by the tasks ITS has,” observed Director Batori.

Following the welcome by ITS Director Jean-Luc Blondel, the visitors were given a comprehensive tour through all archival sections by chief archivist Udo Jost. He laid special emphasis on giving details about the restoration and conservation process the documents are going through. “The ITS is a historic institution and may play an important role in respect of research and educational work,” Batori concluded after their round.

Talks with Blondel and Jost as well as senior staff from the Leipzig-based Preservation Academy (PAL) highlighted both the steps taken up to now and those still to be tackled for successfully and efficiently restoring and conserving the ITS documentation. Archivist Prosperi emphasized the outstanding significance of the originals among the documents. “The registers and compilations make the tracing service an archive,” so the expert. “Restoring and conserving every single document is of utmost moment as it must be preserved for posterity.”