Update on Cercle 250 please

Update on Cercle 250 please

Alex, do you have any details on the 2013 project for Cercle 250?  I can't find any info online sad.  To recall, this outstanding project was an initiative introduced by Vacheron Constantin in 2012 with the following announcement:
 
Vacheron Constantin is pleased to announce the creation of the Cercle 250, association of corporate sponsors that have been in business without interruption for more than 250 years, the aim of which is to organise exceptional meetings intended to safeguard and celebrate the excellence of time-honoured expertise by encouraging innovative cultural projects.

Vacheron Constantin has undertaken to sponsor the first project of 2012, which takes the form of support to the Bodmer Foundation, specialising in the conservation and restoration of ancient manuscripts with a view to saving this world heritage for posterity. Other projects will follow, arising from meetings of members of the Cercle 250.
can't really give info at this stage but there will be
02/26/2014 - 10:25
news soon
Looking forward to hearing more
02/26/2014 - 18:39
The Cercle 250 concept was a great example of private sector support of arts and crafts.  Julien Marchenoir described it as a way of influencing other long-established companies to support the arts along the lines of VC.  While they started with a list of 1,000 organizations that met the criteria of being established for at least 250 years, adding the element of what he termed the "savoir-faire" of craftsmanship reduced the list to only 150 spread between several European countries. I did manage to find some comments from the beneficiaries of VC's sponsorship back in 2012 of the Bodmer Foundation. Charles Mela, Director, indicated they were able to fund a restorations workship for ancient manuscripts.  The restorer, Florence Darbre, will be supported for three years to mentor a student.  I found her description of the work very interesting:“The practice of restoring scripts requires a minimum of five to seven years’ training, similar to medical studies, but compared to the restoration of painting, it is a relatively young discipline. Restoration work entails preserving the integrity of a document, with a view to lengthening its life. You consolidate in order to be able to manipulate, creating around the object in order to contain, protect and support… working as little as possible on the material itself. This involves gestures of infinite delicacy. Books as objects are complex by virtue of their binding and the various materials, from papyrus to leather and from flax or hemp to parchment and paper, not to mention the various kinds of inks. Take for example the Gospel of Judas. This papyrus, over 1,700 years old, required four years of attention in order to restore a pile of fragments, assembling the sections, analysing the grain of the fibres, holding them together with tiny fine strands of paper, all the while bearing in mind the reversibility of these add-ons in order to preserve the text and be able to read it!”