2011 Yearbook

42 Y E A R B O O K 2 0 1 1 Students learning about the construction and restoration of brick vaulted ceilings, an important feature of many historic buildings in South East Europe the built heritage in former conflict zones. The project aims to upgrade the status of current and future professionals in the field of cultural heritage through vocational training and scholarships. Initially, it will be aimed at students from Kosovo but the intention is that it will become a regional training centre. The courses presented will be fully accredited and it is proposed that any individuals or companies seeking to undertake work on protected buildings will be licensed through the centre. This is a major development in the region and it will be operational from September 2011. The Transylvania Trust, among others, will be involved in helping to design the course curricula. THE HERITAGE TRAINING CENTRE AT GJIROKASTRA, ALBANIA 5IF IFSJUBHF DFOUSF BU (KJSPLBTUSB JT SVO CZ UIF /(0 $VMUVSBM )FSJUBHF without Borders and is another very important regional centre. It is based within the world heritage site at (KJSPLBTUSB BOE IBT B UFBDIJOH GPSNBU similar to the BHCTC, embracing theory and practice over a 14 day period and incorporating hands-on restoration of protected buildings within the world heritage site. The DFOUSF IBT CFFO PQFSBUJPOBM GPS TJY years. Like the BHCTC it is also engaged in educational and awareness raising programmes. It plays a very important role as the only course provider of its kind in the area. The centre is supported through 4*%" 4XFEJTI *OUFSOBUJPOBM %FWFMPQNFOU $P PQFSBUJPO "HFODZ and by the Headley Trust. FUTURE DIRECTION The three training centres referred to above will collaborate over the OFYU UXP ZFBST PO B OFX QSPKFDU supported through the EU to promote the engagement of civil society in community development through the rehabilitation of the built heritage. *U XJMM FYQBOE BMM PG UIF QSFTFOU activities in education, awareness- raising and practical training and CSJOH UPHFUIFS FYQFSUJTF UP DSFBUF a firm training base for South East Europe. The partnership will comprise the Transylvania Trust, Cultural Heritage without Borders, &YQFEJUJP &VSPQB /PTUSB &VSPQB Nostra Serbia, and Emancipimi $JWJM .B /ESZTIF ,PTPWP HOW CAN THE IHBC HELP? 5IF FYQFSUJTF XIJDI FYJTUT XJUIJO the IHBC is significant and deeply respected in South East Europe. It seems such a waste to keep that FYQFSUJTF XJUIJO UIF 6, XIFO TP much could be done elsewhere. .BOZ /(0T JO 4PVUI &BTU &VSPQF are struggling to develop projects UISPVHI MBDL PG FYQFSJFODF *)#$ members can help by o"ering UIFJS FYQFSUJTF UISPVHI MFDUVSFT assisting with practical training, or helping to develop capacity building. I would be happy to put interested members in touch with a competent and active organisation TFF DPOUBDU FNBJM BEESFTT CFMPX David Baxter MA DipDBE MRTPI IHBC is European projects director for the IHBC. A former conservation o!cer with Herefordshire Council, he is now based in Romania where he is director of the BHCT Centre at Bán"y Castle, Historic Buildings Advisor to Her Royal Highness Princess Margarita of Romania and a member of the Presidential Commission on Heritage in Danger in Romania. Email dbaxter@cluj.astral.ro Carpentry tuition is one-to-one: understanding the joint is as important as making it.