Online course: Microbial Infestation of Objects of Art and Cultural Heritage

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Monday, 15 April, 2019 to Sunday, 16 June, 2019

The focal point of this course is presenting different methods of detecting and analyzing microorganisms encountered in objects of cultural heritage. Essentially the courses are divided into modules. This allows judging the scope and content of the courses to help estimate the time and work involved.

The first one is an introduction into microbiology. It allows students with no corresponding background to learn the basics of microbiology and thus to be able to follow the course. This is of particular importance for non-university implementation, as microbiology in the conservation of cultural objects has not been pursued much outside the university.

The second module, which is smaller, is more practice oriented: it explains the different sampletaking techniques and which types of sample material are suited for which analyses and tests.

The third module contains various methods of detection and analyses of microorganisms that pose a threat to cultural objects. The user learns not only easy to use analyses techniques but also very specific and modern specialist ones.

Moreover, the course provides a reading list, an extensive glossary and links to other internet sites on the same topics. The course should rather explain you the possibilities of your available sources. Our aim is to enable you first to decide which method will be effective and to decide afterwards whichever equipment or procedure is needed.

Barbara Hentschel M.A. has graduated in Conservation and Restoration at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/ Holzminden/ G?ttingen. At the Hornemann Institute she is responsible for the concept and the implementation of several online courses.

Prof. Dr. Karin Petersen teaches microbiology at the Faculty of Architecture, Engineering and Conservation at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/ Holzminden/ G?ttingen. One of her special subjects is the examination of microbic infestation of objects of art and cultural heritage, the resulting damages and the related health risks for humans.

Distant students will be granted a Hornemann Institute certificate upon successful completion of the program and passing a final on-line examination. In case of need we can order to certify the certificate with the Apostille.

During the term of the course, a graduated conservator is available to all participants via e-mail.

The Online Courses of the Hornemann Institute of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim (Germany)

These courses have been conceived for persons who are dedicated to cultural heritage preservation. Via Internet, you can retrieve the subject matters of your choice, irrespective of any temporal or geographical constraints, thereby avoiding time loss at work and saving travelling expenses. The modules facilitate individual studying with regard to time management, learning speed and the depth of knowledge you wish to achieve.

You can check your personal progress with the help of tests. While solving test problems, you can use your acquired skills. Subject matters have been put into multi-media form, i.e., texts are enlivened by images, videos, animated graphics, checklists, etc. The didactic variety and the interactivity of these modules will boost your motivation. Glossaries, bibliographical references and the integration of available internet resources will supplement the teaching materials.

Tutors will assist you whenever you encounter technical or content-related difficulties.