Month: December 2021

The restoration activity

The restoration activity began in March 2020 and it was carried out until the opening of the exhibition. The project partner, the National Union Museum in Alba-Iulia, has fully assumed responsibility for the restoration activity. It has the necessary experienced personnel and resources in its role of National Centre of Old Book Restoration and Preservation.  Selected …

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Staff training

One aim of the FRAGMED project is to train the staff at the Romanian Academy Library in Cluj. The librarians will be initiated into studying fragments of medieval manuscripts.  Thus, assoc. prof. Dr. habil. Adrian Papahagi (UBB-Cluj) held monthly training sessions with Dr. Bogdan Crăciun, head of Old Book Department at the Library. Project funded …

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Manuscript at Batthyaneum Library in Alba Iulia, Fragments in Cluj

Three fragments of an old manuscript are kept inside some volumes at the Academy Library in Cluj. At a certain point, they are reunited with the mother book, which is kept at Batthyaneum Library in Alba Iulia. The event was filmed in late August.  (Next, one may watch a section from a documentary, displayed in …

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Manuscript from Oradea found at Győr, Fragments in Cluj

Last week Adrian Papahagi was on the roads in Hungary and Austria. He was on the track of the medieval manuscripts originated from Transylvania and Crișana.  The researcher from Cluj even made a documentary film. Next year it will be presented at the opening of an exhibition that displays restored fragments due to FRAGMED project …

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Report on Fragments at the Romanian Academy Library, Cluj–Napoca Office

The report deals with various methodological issues regarding the description of fragments from medieval manuscripts: text identification; date and location of fragments; recovery of original pages or bifolia (measures, paging, volume number, illustration and additional material); the origin, the location and the liturgical use; identification of fragments coming from the same manuscript (membra disjecta) that …

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Theoretical training in the field of classification of heritage objects

The theoretical training in the field of classification of heritage objects was carried out through mentoring since the beginning of the project. The classification expert assumed, within the project, the role of trainer in the field of classification, in order to initiate two assistants, permanent employees of the Library of the Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca Branch, in …

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The training and professional development in the field of restoration and conservation of old books

The training and professional development in the field of restoration and conservation of old books is carried out at the National Museum of Unification Alba-Iulia through job-shadowing and one-on-one tutoring. Two trainers, enjoying massive experience in the field of old book restoration, introduced the two beneficiaries – an employee of the Library of the Romanian Academy Cluj-Napoca Branch, …

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The activity of describing and cataloging the fragments

The activity concerning describing and cataloging the fragments of medieval manuscripts involves the formation of beneficiaries in several directions: 1. Latin paleography, to decipher the texts and the correct framing of the writing (most often textual Gothic) and its variants (textus praescissus, cursiva libraria, bastard, etc.); 2. Codicology – for the description of codicological elements (dimensions, …

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The training and professional development activity

The training and professional development activity aims at developing the skills and the expertise of five people from the project team in areas related to librarianship. This activity was carried out in all stages of the project`s progress. The training activities cover four different areas related to the intervention on old books: expertise, restoration, classification and …

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