REGIONAL CENTRE FOR DESIGN, RESTORATION, AND NATURAL SCIENCE APPLIED TO CULTURAL HERITAGE
The central body for scientific and technical research of the Regional Department of Culture and Sicilian Identity, we are charged with tasks similar to those carried out on the national level by the Central Institute for Restoration.
The Regional Centre for Design and Restoration (CRPR) and for natural science applied to cultural heritage, created by Legislative Decrees No. 80/77 and 116/80, is a scientific-technical body of the Regional Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, within the sphere of autonomous regional administration, with exclusive expertise in the field of Cultural Heritage.
The independently managed Centre has jurisdiction over the entire island, together with the provincial Archeological Authority and the Ministry of Culture, which have similar powers. The Centre carries out scientific and technological research and organizes activities relevant to cultural heritage (as per article 2 of the regional law of August 1, 1977, no. 80 and the restoration document of 1972). It is also charged with conducting educational and training activities and disseminating the research results of its studies. As required by law and established by articles 7 and 8 of Legislative Decree 116/80, the Centre carries out—in compliance with the guidelines of the regional council—studies, scientific research, and various intervention measures that are related to both our natural and cultural heritage, specifically in the following fields: landscape, urban planning, archeology, ethno-anthropology, history, art, and bibliographic and archival work.
The Centre also conducts research related to highly specialized restoration techniques in chemistry, physics and biology labs. The Centre's specialized library supports these activities.
In particular, the Centre:
- carries out systematic studies on the influence of environmental stressors—both natural and accidental—in the process of deterioration, and on ways to prevent these harmful effects;
- conducts studies that help define rules for methodologies and formulations of technical proposals for both preventive and conservational intervention
- conducts studies, projects and gentle intervention measures as well as providing advice and scientific-technical support to satellite agencies: the Archeological Agency, parks, museums, galleries, and libraries;
- organizes professional development courses and seminars for the scientific and technical staff of the Administration of the Regional Centre for Cultural Heritage as well as in conjunction with the Central Institute for the Book Pathology and the Central Institute for Restoration;
- provides the necessary materials for scientific publications and for the dissemination of culture, as per article 20 of the LR1 law of August 1977, no.80;
- liaises with the Central Institute for Restoration and other agencies involved in the restoration of cultural treasures.
The Regional Centre for the Design and Restoration of the Sicilian Region (CRPR) carries out, as its primary goal, educational activities that focus on the scientific restoration of cultural treasures. This educational program is for the benefit of the Regional Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity as well as for the University of Palermo's Master's degree programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, which offers internships in its own restoration laboratory.
The training course has recently obtained accreditation from the Inter-ministerial Committee—formed by the Italian Ministry of Culture (MIBAC) and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR)—for a Master's degree (LMR/02) in restoration techniques for Cultural Heritage.
This study program, one of only five accredited in Italy, is the only authorized one south of Naples. It offers four separate courses dedicated to restoration:
- PFP1 - Stone Materials and derivatives, and embellished architectural facades;
- PFP2 - Painted wood and textile artifacts, furniture and wooden structures, artifacts sculpted in wood, artifacts made of synthetic materials;
- PFP3 - Materials and artifacts made of textile and leather;
- PFP5 - Textual and archival papers, paper artifacts, and photographic, cinematic, and digital materials.
Under the Convention in accordance with the goals of the Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape, as per Legislative Decree no. 42 from January 22, 2004, in particular Article 29, paragraphs 7, 8 and 9.
The Centre runs seminars and internships for the course. The seminars on science and other topics are not just for students but also for the staff of the Administration of Cultural Heritage, who follow the courses as part of their continuing education.
The results of the intervention measures taken in the course of the internship are periodically presented to a wider audience through meetings, workshops and reports.
Through its thematic Operating Units and laboratories, the Centre is the reference point for seminars and internships and for the educational activities related to the Master's degree.
During the LITHOS internships (Italy-Malta 2007-2013), various exploratory tests in restoration were conducted on the entryway and terrace balustrade of the second floor of Palazzo Montalbo. Twenty-four Maltese interns as well as some students from the Master's Programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage participated in the training working that was held from September 24 - October 4, 2012, as did PANORMEDIL, the Board of Education of the National Association of Builders.