Konservierungstechnologisches Seminar - klebetechnische Sicherung von Textilien

Eva Maria Catic
Conservation and Restoration, Conservation and Restoration
2024S, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S05062


History, Development, and Ethics of Adhesive Treatments in Textile Conservation; Chemical and Physical Properties; Aging Characteristics and Handling of Past Adhesive Treatments; Methodology and Types of Adhesives in Textile Conservation (artificial or natural adhesive, mixing ratios, application methods: either on a substrate or freestanding film, methods of reactivation)

Examination Modalities

Preparation of text readings, active engagement in discussions and group work, participation, and proactive involvement in practical exercises, short presentation of independent research


This seminar consists of both a theoretical and practical component. In the theoretical part, we will explore the history, as well as the physical and chemical behavior of adhesive treatments in textile conservation. We will also familiarize ourselves with international trends and address the challenges with historical adhesive consolidations.

The second part focuses on the practical application of the learned theory. We will delve into the most common adhesives, their varying mixing ratios, and reaction behaviors used in textile conservation. The objective of this seminar is to acquire the first theoretical and practical knowledge of adhesive consolidations used in textile conservation by creating samples.

The literature will in English and German. The course is conducted in German but can also be held in English upon request.


Key Words

textile conservation, adhesive treatment, ethics in textile conservation


11 March 2024, 16:30–17:30 Lecture Room Conservation (preliminary discussion)
18 March 2024, 15:00–17:00 Lecture Room Conservation
08 April 2024, 15:30–17:30 Lecture Room Conservation
15 April 2024, 14:30–17:30 Lecture Room Conservation
22 April 2024, 14:30–17:30 Lecture Room Conservation
29 April 2024, 14:30–17:30 Lecture Room Conservation
06 May 2024, 14:30–17:30 Lecture Room Conservation
27 May 2024, 14:00–17:30 Excusion to the Military Museum Vienna , "Treffpunkt: Heeresgeschichtliche Museum Wien, Objekt 15, Tor 2"
03 June 2024, 15:30–17:30 Lecture Room Conservation

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

Conservation and Restoration (2. Section): Konservierungswissenschaften - Restaurierung: Konservierungstechnologisches Seminar 588/203.38

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible