7th October 2002





Conservation and Restoration staff and students at the University of Lincoln are eagerly awaiting the imminent arrival of one of the leading members of Restaurateurs Sans Frontičres, an international restoration organisation.


Father Pavlos Politis, a Greek Orthodox abbot who is based in Istanbul, currently heads up a team of multinational and multi-faith conservators who work at the RSF’s laboratories in Greece, Turkey and France.  


The abbot arrives tomorrow morning (Tuesday) and staff and students from the Lincoln School of Art and Design will spend Tuesday and Wednesday introducing Father Pavlos to the many aspects of conservation and restoration work conducted by students at the school. 


Earlier this year two students – Kate Bertonshaw (26) studying MA Historic Object Conservation and Liz Thomas (37) studying BA Conservation and Restoration - had the privilege of working with Father Pavlos for eight weeks at the laboratory in Istanbul where they participated in the restoration of religious icons.


“This introduction to icon restoration was an excellent learning experience,” said Liz.  “The pieces we were working on dated from the 18th century and were extremely worn and dirty from years of kissing and touching but under Father Pavlos’s guidance we revealed some wonderful water gilding and painting.”


“In addition to the work experience we were very honoured to be invited to meet the Patriarch who is the Greek Orthodox equivalent of the Pope,” said Kate. “We also met the Greek Minister of Culture.”


“Father Pavlos invited me to Istanbul recently,” said Sue Thomas, programme leader for Conservation and Restoration at the school. “We are very excited that he is paying us a return visit.  Hopefully we can use this opportunity to develop further links with Restaurateurs Sans Frontičres.”


Restaurateurs Sans Frontičres has been operating internationally for over twenty years helping to preserve, conserve and restore cultural monuments, developing and promulgating their spiritual content.  The team involves not only conservators, but engineers, photographers, archaeologists, art historians and artists who collaborate to ensure the effectiveness of the restoration methods applied.



For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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