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Microbial Infestation of Objects of Art and Cultural Heritage
The focal point of this course is presenting different methods of detecting and analyzing microorganisms encountered in objects of cultural heritage. The user is introduced to simple analyzing techniques as well as modern and specific approaches.

Authors: Barbara Hentschel M.A.
Prof. Dr. Karin Petersen,
Fee (English language version): 198,00 Euro
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Examination of Transparent Coatings on Furniture and Wooden Objects
This course emphasizes a practical approach to coatings examination, from overall inspection techniques to spot analysis:
It covers observation with visible and ultraviolet light, solubility tests, examination of cross-sections, microchemical tests as well as histochemical staining methods. Useful tips are provided for the use of specific equipment and facilities.  Health and safety issues are also addressed.
In addition, the course conveys fundamental information about the primary materials used in different types of coatings, their chemical and physical properties, as well as factors influencing deterioration and surface phenomena.
During the term of the course, a diploma conservator of the Hornemann Institute is available to all participants via phone or e-mail. Course oversight is provided by Prof. Dr. Gerdi Maierbacher-Legl.

Authors: Prof. Dr. Maierbacher-Legl,
Dipl.-Rest. Julia Schultz M.A.,
Dipl.-Rest. Merle Strätling M.A.
Fee (English language version): 198,00 Euro
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Fotografie als Werkzeug der Dokumentation und Untersuchung
(Photography as a tool for documentation and investigation)

From the very start, photography has been used as a form of art as well as a form of documentation. Consequently, it plays a prominent role in the preservation of works of art and cultural heritage. This course written in German will teach the essentials of professional photo-documentation. Elucidating the principles of photography, it explains camera techniques, lighting and accessories in a simple manner accompanied by numerous illustrations. It is a unique compilation of all the information required for analog as well as digital photography and image processing.

Authors: Christine Fiedler M.A., Barbara Hentschel M.A. and Dipl.-Des. Clemens Kappen
Fee: 139,00 Euro
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Conservation of Globes
The first chapter of the course gives a description of the cultural and historical background of the topic. This is followed by helpful suggestions for the documentation of a globe and an overview of damages. The latter provides pictures of typical damages on the globes material and manufacturing techniques along with case-by-case explanations. The main chapters deal with specific suggestions for conservators concerning concrete practical conservation requests including the preparation of some materials. The last chapter explains the practical storage problems, the climatic conditions and the correct packing and transportation of globes. 
Author: Dr. Patricia Engel and Michael Højlund Rasmussen
Fee: 198,00 Euro
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Erhaltung von Wachsmoulagen
(Conservation of Wax Moulages)
This Internet-based training module gives insight into the history of moulages and the process of their manufacturing. In the interdisciplinary course, principles of conservation are exemplified with a special look onto the conflict between the use of moulages as an exhibit or teaching media on the one side and the standards of conservation on the other side. The users of the course will find explanations on the materials which are used for manufacturing, especially wax mixtures and colors. They will learn the most important phenomena of damages and with this will be able to assess the necessary measures after completing the course.

Authors: Dipl.-Rest Johanna Lang, Dipl.-Rest. Ute Hack, Dr. Sandra Mühlenberend, Dipl.-Rest. Luise Kober
Fee: 139,00 Euro
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Grundlagen der Holzkunde
Eigenschaften – Verwendung – Schäden – Untersuchungsmethoden - erläutert am Beispiel on Eichenholz
(Basic wood science
Features - usage - damages - research methods using the example of oak wood)
Wood as a material has played a major role both in the visual arts and handicrafts as well as in everyday culture. This means that objects made of wood in various forms are again and again the subject of acts of restoration.
For all those who deal with such objects, it is essential to be familiar with the basics of wood science. Only thus it enables to interprete the specific behavior of the wood and the cause of damage and to develop appropriate approaches to conservation of wooden heritage.

Authors: Dipl.-Rest. Christina Duhme M.A.,
Dipl.-Rest. Mirja Harms M.A.
Fee: 139,00 Euro
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Restoration Theories and Methods from 1945 to the present day
The course focuses on the history of restoration as explained through the different restoration theories and their practical application in Italy and elsewhere since the late 1940s. The course also deals with color theory in order to better understand the practical application of retouch methods that will be introduced in great detail. Commentaries regarding the most important international charters on conservation and restoration will help in questioning the present view of restoration and to do justice to these texts in daily practice.

Author: Prof. Dr. Ursula Schädler-Saub
Fee (English language version): 198,00 Euro
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Schädigung von Kulturgut durch Salze
(Damages to Cultural Heritage by Salts)
Damage caused by salts belong to the most frequent and strongest damage processes with which restorers and conservators are faced with on monuments of stone and brick, plasters and mural paintings. Identifying and investigating the damage patterns and their causes are therefore an important step toward long-term preservation of these objects.
Both courses are written in German.

Author: Dr. Hans-Jürgen Schwarz
Fee: 169,00 Euro
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Sicherer Umgang mit kontaminiertem Kulturgut
(Working safely with contaminated cultural heritage)
This internet-based course is designed to inform the different professional groups about how to deal with potentially contaminated cultural heritage. Paper-based and archive objects are, however, not included. The course delivers background knowledge for appropriately assessing hazards and offers possible courses of action. With the help of detailed explanations and numerous illustrations, even learners with little previous knowledge can participate. Literature references, tabular presentations and references to current standards and legal texts complement the course.

Author: Roksana Jachim M.A.
Fee: 139,00 Euro
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Information and registration

Only requirement for the courses is an internet-access. The participants of the courses can communicate with the authors or the tutor via telephone or email. The tutors can also give technical support, when there are any difficulties. Course oversight is provided by lecturers of the university.
For further information and registration please visit the Website of the Hornemann Institute.