The AHEH (Arts and Humanities Entrepreneurship Hub) asked us to explain our job in an interview (you can read it all here).
We try to summarize in the video below what this profession consists of.
We speak bout preservation and conservation, a field linked to science, history and arts and crafts. Pointing at what differenciates us from forgers and showing how we produced a hand-made suction table to restore paper artifacts, with loads of creativity, a feature most necessary to become paper conservator!
Cinematographer Pep Soler
Conservators: Paula Bueso, Ana Tourais, Rita Udina.
(the same video also available in Spanish. Subtitles in both of them)
My sincere acknowledgement to the owners of the restored objects (and link to the conservation treatment):
Historical Archive of Lleida (Spain)
Manuscript with iron gall inks to which the conservator Paula Bueso is applying a wet treatment in the sink, to prevent its self destruction.
Regional Archive of Alt Empordà (Figueres, Girona)
Sewn endband severely damaged, that we will reproduce in order to guarantee an efficient bond of the textblock with the binding (a semi-limp vellum binding).
Regional Archive of Baix Ebre (Tortosa, Tarragona)
Manuscript infilled by conservator Ana Tourais, who is trimming the excedent edges. Another similar manuscript from the same archive, which is magicaly restored as long as we flip the folios, showing the before and after (in that other conservation worked the conservators Se Hee Song and Maria Correa).
Regional Archive of la Segarra (Cervera, Lleida)
Medieval manuscript on laid paper with limp vellum binding in reverse parchment, with flap, which is observed under the magnifier after conservation, proudly stating how nice it looks. Further on on the video we can see images of the disbinfig and how the locks and tacket knots are being varefully reported in order to leave them as they were after flattening the covers.