Departamento de Reserva, Conservação e Restauro
A voyage through the Storage, Conservation and Restoration Department
In the storage rooms are kept, organised and properly accommodated all the items that form the Club's trophies and offers collection.
Conservation and Restoration room and laboratory
The conservation and restoration interventions take place in these two places, in objects composed by various materials such as: wood, metal, ceramic, leather, textile, as well as graphic and photographic documents.
Inventory and research
Documentation, research, record and inventory are essential to the management and preservation of the about 30 thousand pieces that form the Club's collection. All of the items are identified with a unique bar code and the inventory management uses a computer application developed specifically for this department.
Collecting images, during and after the restoration interventions is essential for the identification and study of each item.
The study and evaluation of the collection guarantee the bases for the strategic planning of all the conservation and restoration interventions advanced by the RCR. Every year a set of objects from SLB’s collection is selected for intervention. Exceptionally RCR can restore items for other institutions.
Set-up and accommodation of pieces for exhibition
RCR conducts all of the restoration and conservation interventions necessary to hold temporary exhibitions of SLB’s collection, and is responsible for keeping Benfica Museum – Cosme Damião’s permanent exhibition updated.
Internship programme and training
Supporting formation of new Conservators is one of RCR missions. In the last few years students and young professionals from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Croatia, United States of America, Colombia and Australia participated in conservation internships.