Students of the Regional Centre for the Restoration of Cultural Heritage awarded diploma in Tirana
24 young restorers and conservators, participants of the training courses organized by the Regional Centre on the Restoration of Cultural Heritage (Tirana), were awarded a diploma on 23 May 2012 at the Center for Restoration of Cultural Monuments located within the Albanian national Institute for Culture Monuments.
The official ceremony was attended by the Albanian Minister of Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Youth and Sports, H.E. Aldo Bumçi, the Director of the Institute of Cultural Monuments, Apollon Bace, the Italian Ambassador in Tirana, H.E. Massimo Gaiani, the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe in Venice (Italy), Yolande Valle-Neff, and the Director of the Italian Development Cooperation Office in Tirana, Andrea Senatori.
Training courses in conservation and restoration of cultural monuments were organized thanks to a project managed by the UNESCO Venice Office and funded by the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a voluntary contribution of 1,250,000 Euros. The project, which included the physical rehabilitation of a historical building as the new seat of the Institute of Cultural Monuments, as well as the preparation of restoration facilities, contributed to improving the capacity of the administration responsible for the protection of cultural heritage in Albania, especially with regards to the architectural monuments and artifacts, and to the training of restorers and conservators.
In particular, the project was instrumental for the establishment in 2007 of a Regional Centre on Restoration of Cultural Heritage, operating under the aegis of the Institute of Cultural Monuments, intended as a pole of excellence for the training of students and young professionals in restoration. The Centre has organised so far numerous courses on architectural restoration, as well as restoration of frescoes, mosaics, stuccos, stone and wood. The courses have been carried out in collaboration with professional trainers from some of the most distinguished Italian institutions such as the Central Institute for Restoration, the University “La Sapienza” (Rome), the University of Genoa, the Venice Museums Network.