|Dr. Polonca Ropret, DSc in Chemistry
In Charge Of Scientific Research
Of The HEROMAT Project
Acting Head of Research Institute, IPCHS
Tel.: +386 1 2343 118
Fax.: +386 1 2343 176
The Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia (IPCHS) was founded by the state. The rights and duties of founder are exercised by the Slovenian government. The Institute performs public service tasks relating to the protection of immovable cultural heritage and of the movable cultural heritage associated with it. The operations and regulations of the Institute are defined by the IPCH (OGRS, No. 16/2008) and the Decision on the Founding of the Public Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (OGRS, No. 65/2008).
It was founded in 1999, under the past Cultural Heritage Protection Act, and united the 7 regional institutes for the protection of cultural heritage and the Restoration Centre. Today IPCHS comprises the Cultural Heritage Service with 7 regional offices, located in Celje, Kranj, Ljubljana, Maribor, Nova Gorica, Novo mesto, Piran, and the Conservation Centre with 3 organisational units – the Restoration Centre, the Research Institute and the Preventive Archaeology Centre, located in Ljubljana. It has 263 employees thereof 226 experts from different fields of Cultural Heritage.
IPCHS has the status of a research organisation with one research group, Research Institute, which uses state of the art research equipment.
The Institute’s mission is to perform a public service that covers a variety of administrative and professional duties related to the protection of immovable and movable Cultural Heritage and of the living Cultural Heritage associated with it. Its mission is based on the numerous procedures linked to the direct conservation of heritage and the prevention of damage. It also carries out a large number of measures aimed at incorporating heritage into modern life, presenting heritage to the general public and developing awareness of its value.
The Institute participates in several international projects, just to name few: Culthex (2009–2012) CARARE, PArSJAD, CEC, REVITAS, SYDDARTA, Shared Culture, and Pearls of our Cultural Landscape etc. Among the institutions’ partners are also the Metropolitan Museum, New York and the Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
Alongside its regular activities, the Institute organises lectures, guided tours of monuments, exhibitions and presentations of cultural heritage, and issues professional and other publications about cultural and natural monuments of Slovenia.
The Conservation Centre of the IPCHS, along with its organisational units, carries out a large number of tasks related to the Cultural Heritage, and tasks directly linked to the work programme of the HEROMAT project, such as preliminary investigation/scientific research of the monuments, development of new methodologies for conservation – restoration, and development of new analytical tools for the investigation of Cultural Heritage objects. Considering our previous experiences and extensive knowledge, IPCHS would like to contribute directly to the outputs of the HEROMAT project, especially in finding an effective, long-lasting solution, that would keep the authenticity of the cultural assets and would also have socioeconomic benefits.
Within different work packages of the HEROMAT project IPCHS will be involved in various tasks. The selection, characterization and preparation of the mineral substrates from Dornava Manor is important for the project because it will give information on their degradation state and type of present microorganisms and salts. IPCHS will also contribute to the project by collecting information about the required targeted performances of the developed materials, the depth of penetration and rate of consolidation utilizing Raman and FTIR, the effect of application techniques on protective systems and protective-consolidated system and the selection of the areas for their application in Slovenia.
Polonca Ropret, Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2007, University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Chemistry and Chemical Technology; Higher Conservator-Restorer, 2007, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. Since 2000 employed at the Restoration Centre of the IPCHS with her main task to develop scientific investigations of works of art. Since 2004 collaborating with Department of Scientific Research, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and since 2006 a Visiting Research Scientist at Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Since 2009 head of the research group Research Institute, and in 2010 became the acting head of the Institute for Conservation and Restoration; a reviewer for the field relevant scientific journals or conferences.
Črtomir Tavzes, Ph.D. in Biotechnology, 2003, University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Study of Biotechnology. 2003 – 2004 a fellow at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation. 2004 – 2005 a fellow, 2006 – 2008 Associated Research Scientist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Scientific Research. Since 2004 a Visiting Research Scientist at Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. 2008 to present Conservator – Restorer with PhD at the Restoration Centre; a reviewer for the field relevant scientific journal IBB – International Biodegradation and Biodeterioration.
Jožef Drešar, 2004 graduated at the Restoration Department of Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, and the same year started with Postgraduate study at the same Department. Since 2004 the head of the Stone restoration department at the Restoration Centre. Specialist for conservation, restoration and reconstruction of stone statuary art and architectural elements. The leader of several conservation – restoration actions such as the renewal of south staircase at the island in Bled, the renewal of the fountain at the 1st May Square in Piran and Neptune fountain in Polhov Gradec, the renewal of the lighthouse in Piran, several interventions in churches (Saint Lucas in Spodnje Prapreče, main altar in the church of the Holy Trinity in Ljubljana), conservation – restoration action on Robba fountain, for which he received the national Šubič award in 2008. Collaborated in the European project PHARE (2001 – 2002). In 2009 became Conservation – Restoration Counsellor (The Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Slovenia).