“Enhancing vernacular heritage in As-Samou” – a HYDEA project awarded by the British Council Cultural Protection Fund
HYDEA, leader of the international consortium managing the Med Culture programme, is proud to announce that the “Enhancing vernacular heritage in As-Samou’” initiative was awarded a £641,204 grant by the British Council Cultural Protection Fund! The two-year project will be implemented by HYDEA with Habash Consulting Engineers and the Municipality of As-Samou’.
Located in the southernmost part of the West Bank, the ancient city of As-Samou' is endowed with a rich cultural heritage. A Roman temple, remains of the city walls, an ancient tower and an ancient synagogue are among the city’s most important heritage assets.
In addition to these archaeological assets, As-Samou' is host to vernacular heritage in the form of a large number of built ensembles or compounds (ahwash) that demonstrate the local architectural style, and a mix of ‘historic’ construction materials and techniques.
The grant will allow workers to address severe conflict damage in As-Samou'. In this two-year project, young apprentices will be trained in cultural heritage conservation and management of sites, focusing on the documentation, conservation and adaptive re-use of vernacular-built heritage.
A pilot restoration project will be run at Hosh Al-Aqeeli to provide training for 20 young apprentices and labourers, with a focus on involving underemployed or unemployed engineers, architects and craftsmen. In addition, a new cultural youth centre will be established, and educational activities will be provided for the local community.
Established in 2016, the British Council Cultural Protection Fund aims to protect and preserve physical monuments and religious sites, as well as “intangible” heritage: inherited traditions, beliefs and cultural identity, passed down through generations – all of which have been increasingly under threat in the Middle East and North Africa.
Since its establishment in Florence in 1990, HYDEA brings its experience in the areas of protection, valorisation and dissemination of cultural heritage to public and private clients in Italy and abroad, in more than 70 countries. Over the years, and with a growing team of 60 professionals, the company has expanded its areas of expertise to include museums, cultural tourism, and culture in general. Today, Hydea counts more than 500 finished projects and is currently working on 55 sites.
To read the announcement of the award on the British Council’s website, please click here
And to learn more about the Cultural Protection Fund, follow this link
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