The Laboratory of Scientific Restoration of Works
of Applied Art. Sectors for Restoration of Archaeological and New Metal
In 2008 the Laboratory of Scientific Restoration of Works of Applied
Art of the State Hermitage turned 75 years old (the Laboratory Director
- Alexey Bantikov). The first reference to it dates back to the year of 1933,
when a restorer of metal objects undertook his work in the chemical
laboratory of the museum. In 1970-s the Laboratory gained its
The Sectors for Restoration of Archaeological and New Metal
have been since recently located in specially equipped rooms of the Restoration
and Storage Centre "Staraya Derevnya". Nine rooms, including
a few specialised ones, have been put at the disposal of the Sectors.
The "Mechanical room" is equipped with machines
for abrasive cleaning of the exhibits; a laser device
for elimination of the corrosion layers and brazing;
heating cabinets for
Restorers and research associates from various museums of the globe seek assistance of the State Hermitage, while the Laboratory specialists generously share their professional skills and experience with the colleagues, conduct workshops, seminars and conferences attended by archaeologists and participate in archaeological expeditions (expert work on field conservation enables to correctly retrieve and fix an exhibit).
The Laboratory staff is engaged in the Hermitage major restoration and exhibition projects which include such distinguished projects of the recent years as "The Gold Deer of Eurasia", "Arzhan" and "The Merovingians".