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Croatian State Archives To Host NEDCC Professional Development Symposium



22-24 May, 2019
Croatian State Archives
Zagreb, Croatia
(The symposium will be presented in English.)

NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation Center and the Croatian State Archives present a three-day professional development symposium for conservators, archivists, museum professionals, administrators, and others who care for photographic materials in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.  The goal of the Symposium is to: create discussion on how to further the preservation of photographic materials in the region; help create more professional development opportunities; reach other professionals; and strengthen the connections between past participants in NEDCC’s training programs. This program is funded by a generous grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding. 

History of the Program

NEDCC’s photograph conservation training initiative in the region began in 2004 with week-long workshops held at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. More than forty conservators and graduate students from eight countries received training at week-long focused workshops held at AFAD each year between 2004 and 2008. Twenty of those participants also received training at three-week-long photograph institutes from 2004 to 2008 at NEDCC in Andover, MA (USA). From 2010-2018, NEDCC has hosted an individual professional for a 2-month, focused hands-on training on photograph conservation. The NEDCC program has created a strong network within the region, allowing participants to continue their exchange of skills and expertise on the preservation of photographs. Learn more about the history of the program.

The 2019 Symposium Program

The 2019 Symposium program will include short presentations by past participants in NEDCC’s Advanced Photograph Conservation Internship program; papers by local professionals who are in charge of caring for photographic collections; and a one-day workshop on care and handling, proper housings, and storage of photographs.

Martina Bagatin,  NEDCC's 2014 Advanced Intern and Senior Photograph Conservator at the Croatian State Archives will help develop the program and coordinate local arrangements. Hrvoje Gržina, NEDCC's 2011 Advanced Intern and Senior Archivist at the Croatian State Archives, will help with the organization of the Symposium program.

Interested in submitting a paper to present at the Symposium?

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstracts 500 words or less, written in English

  • Speaker biography 300 words or less

  • Name(s) of speaker(s) and any co-author(s)

  • Institution/company

  • Position title

  • Contact e-mail address and telephone number

  • Presentation Format: 20 minute talk.


Regional professionals are encouraged to submit an abstract about their experience with the preservation of photographic materials in Eastern and Central Europe. The symposium’s theme is to help promote the understanding of photograph conservation in the region. Themes can include outreach, collection care, conservation techniques, history of an institution’s collection, and working on a limited budget.

How to Submit:

Please email abstracts to Monique Fischer, Senior Photograph Conservator, NEDCC.

Deadline for submission:   

February 1, 2019. Speakers will contacted by February 15 about the committee’s decision.


Interested in Attending?  

For local arrangements and information about the symposium, email  Martina Bagatin, Senior Photograph & Paper Conservator, Croatian State Archives.

General questions about the symposium?

Email Monique Fischer, Senior Photograph Conservator, NEDCC.

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