The Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM) was, from 1963 to the introduction of corresponding University of Applied Sciences study program in the 1980s, the only institute which provided a possibility for the training for restaurateur in the field of archaeology. The training followed guidelines which were exemplarily developed by the RGZM on behalf of the Deutschen Museumsbund and in cooperation with representatives from other departments of the conservation and preservation of cultural assets. The training for restaurateur in Mainz is highly esteemed among experts and the close to 200 fully trained graduates form the nucleus of the restaurateurs working in Germany in the field of archaeology.
The occupational field of restoration/conservation has been developing in direction of an independent scientific field lately. The progressive academization of the training on the national and international level led to increasing pressure on existing, non-academic training facilities to adjust to the changes.
With the introduction to the BLK model test program »Development of dual study programs in the tertiary department«, the possibility was given to expand the cooperation in the field of training between the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz and the RGZM. Thereby, the individual tasks and interests could be combined to a joint training and the strong orientation toward practical work of the training in Mainz could be preserved. In cooperation with the institute for history and cultural sciences of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, a new basic and dual bachelor study program »Archaeological Restoration« was developed, in which also the institutes for geological sciences and nuclear chemistry participate.
The introduction of the dual BA-study program »Archaeological Restoration« was decided in an unanimous vote by the senate of the Johannes Gutenberg-University. The study program was accredited in July of 2007 and started during winter term of 2007/2008.