1971 | 4 | 229-233
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Pierwsze dziesięciolecie

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The author, a Director of the Historical Monuments Documentation Centre, taking the opportunity of the ten-year period that elapsed from the time when the Centre 'has been established, presents its 'history, its tasks and discusses its plans for the future. The Historical Monuments Documentation Centre was called into being on January 1, 19(02 by the Minister of Culture and Arts decision issued on the 2i2nd December, 1901. Ilts finst residence consisted of a couple of rooms in the former Palace of the (Polish Primate, Senatorska (Street Ii3—1(5. On January 1, ,1971 its siege became an ancient house located at Brzozowa Street ,36 in the Old Town quarter of Warsaw. The activities of the Centre are based on co-operation and contributions made by a number of its constant collaborators recruiting from among conservators and scientists. In addition, a steady co-operation has been established with several institutions throughout the country of whom most fruitful proved to be relations with Technical Universities, the State Ateliers of Historic Monument Conservation, museums, scientific and research institutes, archives and so forth. The scope of tasks of the Centre consists in gathering and elaborating the complex documentation for all the kinds of movable and immovable historical monuments in this country. Up to now considerable amounts of historical, iconographie (illustrative), bibliographic, photographic and survey materials have been gathered, in other words, of all these materials that are allowing for full appraising of the monument’s values. That type of material also permits for right planning, influences the conservator’s decisions and proves highly helpful for appropriate conservation thus representing an excellent source for scientific work and interpretation. In addition, the Centre has been furnished with the rights to supervise the inventory works and classification of movable monuments that is organized and financed by the conservators. Thus it is in tight co-operation with the field Monument Documentation Offices that were founded recently as the sections in Conservator’s Offices. ' In the nearest future it is planned to start the preparation and publishing of Monument Inventories, among them of those in the field of architecture as, for instance, palaces, town halls, churches etc., and of movable monuments tike the goldsmith’s pieces, paintings, ancient organs, sculptures and s.o. The inventories of all monuments accurately prepared as to the documentation accompanying each item are expected to fullfill the task of the complex documentation. Preparatory works have already been started but for completing the whole task several years of a methodical action are required. No interpretations are to be contained in those catalogues, they are thought as supplying only the purely documentary material basing on the scientific research methods. The Centre’s other tasks consist in subsidizing the research work and organizing the conservators’ conferences. These latter are to play a many-sided part as they are intended to serve the exchange of experiences and views of the professionally active conservators, and at the same time constitute a forum where they encounter the representatives of natural sciences. Materials gathered as a result of each conference as well .as the proceedings in their printed form are being used as instructional materials for the higher schools at which the conservators are trained and also supply an evidence of development of the Polish thought in the field of conservation. This is exactly these conferences that are solving a number of essential problems characteristic of the conservators’ milieux and thus help to improve the methods used in conservation. Both the results of works carried out by the Centre and those on its initiatives find their expression in publications. Each forthcoming year brings the speeding up and increasing the number of publications dealing with the perplexed problems of monument protection and conservation. Through a wide exchange of our publications the Centre plays an important role in the field of instruction and also that of popularization of monument protection and conservation in Poland.
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  • mgr, dyrektor Ośrodka Dokumentacji Zabytków
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