The Conservation and Restoration Clinic is made up of several Conservation and Restoration Laboratories whose purpose is the integral management of cultural assets. Initially it had a laboratory specialised in the conservation of ceramic materials, but the need to serve an increasingly demanding market and the articulation of the centre with the ongoing training activities (undergraduate, postgraduate and masters), determined the expansion of several valences of historical-artistic heritage. This Centre develops services in the areas of ceramics and tiles, painting, sculpture and carving, which intrinsically articulate with the training and research activities.
The centre in its research, training and service provision areas has as its main objectives:
- Develop the practice of service provision;
To develop research activities;
- To promote higher level training in order to dignify the profession of conservator-restorer;
- To provide students from the UPT and other educational institutions with work experience placements.
Areas of intervention and service provision
- Development, promotion and support of research projects.
- Technical support for entities wishing to prepare applications in the areas of rehabilitation of the built heritage and conservation and restoration of integrated movable heritage.
- Advice and consultancy in the conservation and restoration of Cultural Heritage.
- Technical and scientific coordination in carrying out inventories and digital catalogues of cultural heritage.
- Diagnoses and technical opinions.
- Expertise in works of art.
- Archaeological drawing.
- Photography, digitalisation and image processing of cultural assets.
- Organisation, scientific and educational advice and promotion of general, technical and specialised training courses.
- Organisation of round tables, seminars, congresses, workshops.
- Technical training.
- Provision of preventive conservation and conservation and restoration services in the areas of:
- Ceramics, earthenware and porcelain
- Gilded and polychrome carving;
- Sculpture in stone and polychrome;
- Mural painting;;
- Painting on board and easel;
- Archaeological heritage;
- Graphic documents and paper art.
- Design of replicas, miniature parts and manufacture of parts (with the most diverse functions, e.g. commemorative gifts).