IPERION CHIntegrated Platform for the European Research Infrastructure ON Cultural Heritage


ARCHLAB comprises an encyclopaedic archive of knowledge and technical data accumulated in the past and preserved at the most prestigious European museums or conservation research institutes. ARCHLAB enables access to the combined knowledge in repositories in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Spain and UK.

Two calls for proposals are scheduled per year, at which potential users can apply for access to all participating providers to carry out comparative studies related to a scientific Heritage research project on which they are working. As such ARCHLAB is an essential pillar within the integrated Iperion approach, as the interpretation of data in the context of other findings on similar CH objects/sites is essential within Heritage Science projects. The panEuropean character of ARCHLAB access is very important for Heritage research because objects and works of art of a similar or the same artist, period, culture or archaeological site are often preserved (and studied) in different countries.

Typical users of ARCHLAB are for example:

  • conservators/restorers, either working in an institution, as a private company or belonging to an SME, who carry out a study prior to any interventive conservation/restoration campaign in order to establish what are the constituent materials or the typical execution technique of an artist or architect in a given period of his career, important knowledge required to inform any treatment
  • researchers who, during the development of a study on the analysis of constituent materials or investigation of technologies, need to compare the results obtained in their research with those obtained during previous studies on analogous artworks or materials
  • curators who exploit the knowledge acquired in previous studies to reconstruct the practice of an artist or craftsman in terms of drawings and/or techniques in paintings, or in creating polychromies, wooden and stone sculptures, glasses and glazes, ceramics etc. in order to confirm a dating or an attribution, or to better understand the relationship between works of art or the development in practices over time

The ARCHLAB TNA helpdesk can provide draft proposals with any technical and scientific support, anytime, so that tailored proposals can be submitted before the deadlines.


Name: Hilde De Clercq
Email: hilde.declercq@kikirpa.be

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