Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s memoirs album

The Gulbenkian Archives holds textual documents, audiovisual materials, photographs, drawings, and architectural models, among other types of documents.
Chromatic reintegration of specific areas with image gaps © Inês Domingues and Mónica Sousa

The preservation of this heterogeneous heritage presents a daily challenge that results in the development of several conservation and restoration actions. Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s memoirs album was one of the works submitted to these actions.

This album comprises 116 photographs that are an evidence of the places and landscapes that shaped Calouste Gulbenkian life, in Europe and in the Middle East.

 

The album presented signs of use and time, with a worn binding, pages with severe dirtiness, mold, small tears and gaps, torn and creased interleaving pages, yellowed photographs and physical deformations.

 

A treatment plan was developed with the purpose of restoring the album integrity, ensuring its long-term preservation and allowing a safe handling.

Updated on 21 july 2021

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