History

The idea to establish a restoration school with an interdisciplinary character was born during discussions of the restoration and conservation specialists, who, in early 1990s, were working on the restoration of Josef Váchal’s wall paintings in the house of Josef Portman, the printer and publisher of bibliophile book editions in the city of Litomyšl.

 

It followed from the discussions that the increasing demand for specialists in various restoration fields needs to be addressed. Thanks to the city’s renowned tradition, there was no doubt that the school should be established in Litomyšl. However, the school would not have been established without the enlightened and generous support provided by the city of Litomyšl (which provided moral support, buildings and finances necessary for their reconstruction, and participated in further investments), and the district authorities of the town of Svitavy. Moral support was also provided by The National Heritage Institute Regional Branch in Pardubice and the Headquarters in Prague.

 

The Litomyšl School of Restoration and Conservation Techniques (Škola restaurování a konzervačních technik v Litomyšli) was established in 1993 as a three-year post-secondary study programme recognized by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The school was founded by the Paseka Foundation, established by the publisher Ladislav Horáček.

 

In 1996, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports listed the school among tertiary professional schools. In autumn of the same year, The Tertiary Professional School of Restoration and Conservation Techniques gained legal capacity as a private non-profit organization (Vyšší odborná škola restaurování a konzervačních technik, o. p. s.).

 

In 1999, the school applied for a state approval to establish a higher education institution of non-university type and the accreditation of its study plan. On the basis of the granted approval and accreditation, the Institute of Restoration and Conservation Techniques (Institut restaurování a konzervačních technik, o.p.s.) started its activities in the academic year 2000–2001. 

 

In 2002, the fourth field of study was granted accreditation, Restoration and Conservation of Artworks on Paper and Related Materials.

 

Since 1st October 2005, the tradition of education in the field of restoration and conservation has been carried on by the Faculty of Restoration. On the same date, The Institute of Restoration and Conservation Techniques in Litomyšl went into liquidation.