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Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), Direção-Geral do Património Cultural (DGPC) / Museu Nacional do Azulejo e Universidade de Évora (UE) / Laboratório Hércules
Starting date:: June 2016 (36 months)

The project aims to solve two important gaps in the known history of the Portuguese azulejos that need additional research: the time and origin of the first majolica azulejo productions in Portugal; and the time, origin and spread of the first tilling of urban façades.

AzTek - Conservation of historic glazed ceramic tiles

Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC)

AzTek is a research project of the strategic Planned Research Program of Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC). Started in 2009, it was established for a renewable period of four years and was organised along four main lines: Characterization of azulejos; Study of decay; Assessment of the performance of restoration products and techniques; Development of new diagnostic and conservation techniques.

The project AzTek - Conservation of historic glazed ceramic tiles, from LNEC, presents a website where it is possible to see a description of the project and to have access to the most important publications on the subject. The section News shows, in particular, events and results related to the project.

SOS Azulejo

Judiciary Police Museum

The Portuguese Judiciary Police Museum possesses a collection of stolen historic tiles which have been recovered by the police but not returned to their owners because their origin remains unknown up to this day. Because Polícia Judiciária (PJ) has the exclusive competence for crimes related to works of art and cultural goods and the number of thefts of historic tiles has risen significantly since the nineties, the PJ decided to implement a crime prevention project against theft, traffic and vandalism of Portuguese historic and artistic tiles and launch a campaign for the protection and conservation of this cultural heritage.