01 March 2024

International Course on Manuscript Conservation and Restoration

Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage in Dubai concluded its participation in the program “Certificate in Manuscript Sciences: Manuscript Heritage,” organized by the Sultan Ahmed Manuscripts Foundation in Istanbul. The program ran from February 25 to March 9, 2024, with the participation of 20 trainees from various Arab and Islamic countries.
The center participated in the program by offering a specialized scientific course on the conservation and restoration of manuscripts, delivered by Dr. Bassam Daghstani, the head of the Preservation, Maintenance, and Restoration Department at the center. The course covered theoretical and practical aspects. In the theoretical aspect, Dr. Bassam discussed preventive conservation plans aimed at protecting all paper vessels from potential pests and damages, in addition to therapeutic conservation plans addressing existing injuries within these paper vessels, whether biological, chemical, or natural.
In the practical aspect, Dr. Bassam focused on explaining manual restoration operations, manufacturing preservation boxes, and chemical treatments for papers affected by acidity, dryness, weakness, and brittleness.
It is worth mentioning that the center’s participation in this program is part of the cooperation agreement recently signed between the center and the Sultan Ahmed Manuscripts Foundation in Istanbul.