CRCH2011 - Sensitization Workhop Towards Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage: Sculptures, Carvings, Paintings and Structures

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The CRCH2011 workshop began intending to give its trainees the tools required to solicit, regulate, and undertake conservation-restoration projects in a manner that protects and respects the cultural heritage legacy that has been entrusted to them.

It was in the coordinator believe that a better understanding of cultural heritage could contribute to the definition of the local identity. This identity and its comprehension is fundamental to prevent the loss of all built, movable and also intangible heritage.

Cultural Heritage - a common past

Cultural heritage is a witness to the past and must be protected in order to ensure its transmission to future generations. In order to do this, several international and national organizations exist to frame and legislate the cultural, historic and artistic value of cultural heritage and to ensure that proper and effective restoration-conservation measures are taken. Some cultural assets escape cultural heritage protection or have yet to be classified in accordance with the criteria proposed by the legal framework. These assets are not a less important part of cultural heritage, but instead have escaped proper restoration due to loopholes in the legal and conservation frameworks.

The Importance of Multidisciplinary Teams

A dedicated conservator-restorer but also informed citizens can help to close these loopholes. In the absence of conservation-restoration planning and legal instruments, cultural heritage and its historical, religious, and artistic legacy is at risk of being damaged or not maintained in conformity with accepted standards. The role of a conservator-restorer is to preserve cultural heritage on behalf of future generations. The conservator-restorer contributes to the perception, appreciation and understanding of cultural assets in regards to their aesthetic and historical value and physical integrity. One informed citizen is a small but most significant step in the climbing towards the protection of cultural heritage.

After the Workshop Reflection

Architects, engineers, conservationists, clergy, laity, university students and people concerned about heritage, attended the daily sessions from the 19th September to 19th October.

Many controversial and important issues were debated, during the scheduled program and, most important, the understanding of, what tradition and innovation in conservation and restoration policies is, was achieved.

We are witnessing important times, we are building bridges of understanding towards a new policy of conservation and restoration in cultural heritage. Connecting and improving the centennial knowledge of local artisans with the worldwide scientific breakthroughs and academic research, the Goan heritage has a place in the future.

This conference establishes a bridge of understanding. There is a path to be made. Let us go all in the same direction.

Thank you
Mónica Esteves Reis

Period20 Oct 2011
Event typeConference
LocationPanjim, Goa, IndiaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational