Defining a quality control protocol for interventions to historic limestone monuments
A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.2.1: Support technological transfer and commercialisation of research results, strengthening the linkages between research, industry and other private sector actors
Historic limestone monuments in the Mediterranean form a crucial part of our common cultural heritage. These have shaped our cities, provided landmarks and connected us to our parents, grandparents and very much beyond. This architecture symbolically represents fragile collective memories through their longstanding solid nature which makes their preservation immensely important, not only to the Mediterranean, but to the rest of the world to which we are connected. Visibly, cultural heritage projects in the Mediterranean and abroad, including architectural heritage projects, have been highly active and continue to be so, with much investment included. The interventions within these projects have developed in a necessarily empirical way over time. Heritage professionals including architects, historians, restorers, conservators, scientists and many others, each from their own school of thought, have brought with them best intentions to intervene on the heritage in question, using contemporary technologies and products available. This set-up has resulted in a somewhat trial and error approach. Indeed, this scenario makes the present time ripe to capitalize on the outcomes achieved thus far across borders and across research and practice and to build bridges between these Mediterranean neighbourhoods. This project will aim to achieve this through research and practice outcome integration and synchronization between the partner countries to produce a comprehensive way forward for the continued sustainability of historic limestone monuments in the Mediterranean.
Collate state of the art research across borders on the interventions identified (cleaning methods, new stone materials, new mortar materials, and consolidating/protective treatments) which constitute the key elements within a given restoration project on the built heritage. These research outcomes will then be integrated across borders and synchronized with an aim towards optimum intervention practice. This will in turn be tested and verified on real building sites and across borders.
Establish (i) testing protocols and (ii) generate guidelines for identified interventions - namely cleaning methods, new stone materials, new mortar materials, and consolidating/protective treatments - to limestone built heritage restoration projects.
In progress
Spain, France, Italy, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan
Restoration Directorate
Ministry or other national public administration