FIRE SURVIVORS: Contribution of Imaging Techniques to the Study of Chartres Manuscripts. Chartres (France), November 17, 2017

The medieval manuscript collection of Chartres was damaged as a result of a fire at the end of the Second World War. The REMAC project is a French collaborative research gathering historians and scientists from the Research Center for Conservation in Paris (CRC), the Institute for Research and Text History (IRHT), the University of Saint Quentin en Yvelines (DYPAC), the Laboratory of Optics and Biosciences (LOB) and the Chartres media Library in France. The team is currently working on the use of different imaging techniques to retrieve the written content in the damaged manuscript, focusing on simple methods in order to include these highly damaged manuscripts to the online database ( In parallel, research is being developed to set up new imaging and microscopy techniques to assess the degradation state of parchments.

A on-day conference is organized on 17th November 2017 at the Chartres media Library to present, to a broad audience, different aspects of this research project, from the perspective of historians, imaging scientists, conservators...and will also include presentations from other research teams in Europe concerned with improving the reading and the conservation of damaged manuscripts.
With the exception of the invited lecture (in English), all presentations will be given in French.

Registration is free but mandatory (subject to availability).
The detailed program and registration can be found at