Preserving mining heritage
The Slovak Mining Museum in the UNESCO-listed town of Banská Štiavnica is applying a €410 000 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to preserve artefacts related to mining heritage.
Banská Štiavnica is a completely preserved mediaeval town in central Slovakia, with a mining history dating back to the Neolithic period. It is known for its status as a UNESCO-listed heritage site and for its Mining Museum, where artefacts related to mining heritage are preserved and displayed.
The artefacts had long been subjected to inappropriate storage and exhibition conditions with high levels of humidity and a bad indoor climate, causing the artefacts to degrade. Thanks to the support from the EEA Grants, appropriate display and exhibition conditions have been secured for more than 900 artefacts. 33 rooms of the Slovak Mining Museum – located in the Jozef Kollár Art Gallery, the Kammerhof and Berggericht buildings and the Old Castle – have been equipped with the latest air-conditioning systems, dehumidifiers, UV protection systems and alarm systems.
In addition, conservation works have been carried out on 36 stone epitaphs in the Lapidarium and on a number of Gothic and Baroque paintings and sculptures. A separate conservation workshop has been established for old prints and paper.
"This project is an example of how you can preserve cultural heritage and at the same time build a future by creating job opportunities and attracting more activity and visitors to the city," said Trine Skymoen, Norway's Ambassador to Slovakia, during a site visit in November 2009.
The Integrated Protection of European Cultural Heritage in administration of Slovak Mining Museum
Conservation of European cultural heritage
Type & project assistance:
The Slovak Mining Museum
Type of institution:
EEA and Norway Grants
Grant agreement date:
29 November 2007
The purpose of the Project is the refurbishing and equipping of the Slovak Mining Museum for preservation and display of museum collections, with the overall objective of protecting the Slovak Mining Museum collection and making it accessible to the public. Reference is made to the application dated 22 March 2006, and to correspondence with the Focal Point dated 19 February 2007, 23 May 2007, and 29 May 2007.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
- establishment and equipping of a workshop for the restoration and preservation of old prints, paper and art objects;
- minor construction works and technical equipping of depositories and exhibits, including air conditioning units, dehumidifiers, anti UV protection on windows, security alarm, shelving, etc.; and
- restoration and conservation works to stone elements (Lapidarium), paintings and wooden exhibits.
The Project Promoter is Slovak Mining Museum.
The Focal Point shall ensure that the State budget of the Slovak Republic will provide at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible Project cost.