Research visits to CATS funded by ARCHLAB (IPERION-CH):

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, the 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 pan‐European 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.

To apply for access to the three CATS institutions archives as a researcher, please click here:


CATS occationally accepts interns in conservation science when it fits our research projects. You are welcome to send us an e-mail regarding your interest to: cats-cons(a) If you are interested in conservation internships at SMK, please contact the section leader of SMK’s conservation department.