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Protecting disappearing building crafts

EWH has joined the REDIAPRO project, which seeks to re-establish links between traditional crafts and architecture.

Dec 8, 2014

Historic buildings need a variety of crafts for their repair and conservation, from stonemasonry to metalwork, joinery to slating. With over 75% of all the buildings within Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site being listed, maintaining these traditional skills is vital to the conservation of the city’s built heritage.

The project aims to establish a Europe-wide network of professionals and crafts people, to share best practice and promote traditional skills with links to the building sector. It brings together organisations from across Europe, representing architecture practices, training institutes, craft associations and heritage organisations.

The project partners include the Fine Crafts Association of Vilnius (Lithuania), Vanaajamaja (Estonia), Stroyexpert-SEK (Bulgaria), ECIPA Umbria (Italy), Doctum (Spain), EK Association (Hungary), Tektum (Romania) and Edinburgh World Heritage.

Over the next few months, each partner will be researching three traditional crafts from their country. This will look at issues such as available training or apprenticeships, and the requirements of modern building regulations, and highlight case studies where the craft has been successfully used in renovation and construction projects.

The results will be collated into a comprehensive new study. This will be available on a new website, established as a platform to promote and discuss the issues. A key feature of the website will be a series of films, highlighting traditional crafts people at work.

To find out more about the project visit the REDIAPRO website.

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