02-12-2015

5. Day 6 - 27th November

Today the group split into two.
The first group attended a half-day workshop at the University San Marcos, the oldest
university in South America. 28 conservators and academics participated in the
workshop, which took place at the Centro Cultural of the University located in the
historical centre of Lima.

The first presentation was delivered by Martin Fabbri, director of the Escuela
Academico Profesional de Conservaciόn y Restauracion. He presented the academic
programme on Conservation and Restauration offered by the University.The speaker
noted that the School has all 110 students and that the first professional conservateurs
with an academic degree on conservation are expected to graduate in June 2016. The
curriculum offered balances applied science, archaeology and art, he underlined.
Presentations followed by Marie-Louise Nosch, director of CTR, who introduced the
Centre and the research done over the last decade, Senior Reserachers from the
National Museum of Denmark Ulla Mannering who spoke about “Costume in the
Scandinavian Early Iron Age” and Karin Margarita Frei who gave a short
introduction on “Strontium isotopic analysis”.

The floor was then taken by Patricia Victorio, professor of art history at San Marcos,
who spoke about “Textiles of Puno. Tradition and Identity” and Maria Isabel Medina,
professor at San Marcos and conservator at the Peruvian National Museum in Lima,
whose topic was “Textile Conservation at the University of San Marcos”. The
workshop closed with a visit to the museum guided by the Prof. Pieter Van Dalen,
historian. Among its other collections,the museum contains a big collection of textiles
from the cultures of Paracas, Izma and Changai. One of the most unique exhibits is
the white mantle of Paracas restaured a decade ago.
The big group then flew to Cuzco to meet the smaller group of 7 people, who had
already flown to Cuzco in the morning.
Now reunited CTR-Peru group spent the night in Cuzco.

Maria Papadopoulou