Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt
Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte

Restoration

The restoration staff of the State Office are invited by the Conservation Officers for the relevant area to advise and supervise restoration measures carried out on historic buildings and their furnishings. An initial direct assessment is made by the section for Restoration, sometimes including an investigation of the existing substance and degree of damage, while in individual cases this may be supplemented by archival research and testing with methods from the natural sciences. It is therefore advisable to arrange a consultation already at the planning stage, so that any measures that will be recommended are known early on; the recommendations take into account materials and their engineering, specialist skills and workmanship, and also aesthetic aspects. Before a planned measure is undertaken, the restoration staff will inspect and evaluate the offers and concepts presented by independent restoration firms and institutes, and if necessary modify or query them. This concerns above all questions of the appropriateness of the materials, that is, whether the suggested construction and restoration materials are compatible with the existing historic building-substance. The advice is impartial and focuses on practical aspects, and it also takes account of the ideas and capabilities of the monument's owner.

Through cooperation with universities and other educational institutes, a more advanced study of particular topics is possible, in research papers or diploma studies. By selecting topics and supervising diploma students, the State Office contributes to the practical training of expert restorers. The advances in knowledge made in this way benefit not only the specific object of restoration, but also everyone involved in conservation work. In many cases, this leads to a new evaluation of conservation problems and approaches in the everyday, hands-on work of restoration.

Thanks to close cooperation with research institutes (such as the IDK), it is also possible to investigate and assess objects of special art-historical importance using methods from the natural sciences. As a result, it is possible to do more than just plan and supervise practical conservation and restoration work: recommendations can be made for preventive conservation. This may include, for example, specific requirements for ongoing maintenance, to ensure the long-term preservation of the building or work of art. 

Valuable suggestions are shared by restoration staff at the meetings of the work-group Restoration and Materials of the Vereinigung der Landesdenkmalpfleger in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Association of State Conservation Staff in the Federal Republic of Germany). These meetings take place biannually, at a different location each time. At the meetings, current projects are presented and discussed, among other business.