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Renovating the Slovak Mining Museum

  • With support from the EEA and Norway Grants, the Slovak Mining Museum is in the process of preserving 46 artefacts in the UNESCO-listed town of Banská Štiavnica.

    Several cultural heritage objects in Banská Štiavnica faced the risk of degradation or even annihilation. They were stored in deposits in old historical buildings with unsuitable climatic conditions, without instruments for air condition regulation and sufficient fire protection.

    Among the artefacts now being restored with support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are 36 stone objects, including sculptures and epitaphs, and the late Gothic sculpture of St. Barbara from 1506. The oldest stone component to be restored is a 13th century baptistery.

    The €410 000 in grant support also allows for the restoration of nine paintworks, oil paintings on canvas and board paintings. So far, 35 artefacts have been restored. The preservation process will be finalised in 2011.

    Photo: Slovak Mining Museum

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    Project title:

    The Integrated Protection of European Cultural Heritage in administration of Slovak Mining Museum

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Conservation of European cultural heritage



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual project

    Project duration:

    46 months

    Project cost:

    € 482,143

    Grant rate:


    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.