Fantastic News! Today, M. Womersleys Ltd have entered into a partnership agreement with the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, in Ethiopia, who have been awarded Cultural Heritage funding from the British Council, to survey and conserve some of the internationally important, Rock Hewn Churches, in the Gheralta area of Tigray, in northern Ethiopia.
The project, which is a collaborative venture between the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Addis Ababa University, Mekelle University and M.Womersleys Ltd., will survey and conserve this vital cultural heritage; train local communities to undertake some of the repair works; and develop heritage tourism.
Ethiopian experts in Geology, Engineering and Material Conservation and a British expert in Historic Building Conservation will survey and evaluate the condition of 13 rock hewn churches, in this Sacred Mountainous Landscape Region of Tigray. These churches are being affected by landslides, stone fracturing and water leakage, which is threatening their stability and resulting in the decay of carved stonework, decorative detail, and religious paintings inside the churches. The group will assess the risk from further damage caused by climate change, especially focusing on excessive water penetration, salt movement and crystallisation.
This specialist team will then prepare repair schedules and implement detailed conservation work at the two churches: Abune Abreham Debretsion and Korkor Debre Mariam, at Korkor Monastery. Some of this work will be done by local craftsmen, who will be provided with additional conservation training by Mark Womersley. In addition to work on the churches, access paths lost to landslides will be reinstated.
The model for this project combines community inclusive cultural heritage protection and conservation; and sustainable tourism development; with a real effort to tackle the effects of climate change on the geology and heritage of the Gheralta, Tembien and Hawzien landscape, which houses over 120 rock hewn churches, some dating from the 4th century.
All this will be carried out on churches which are situated in high isolation, carved into sandstone cliffs, 2500 metres above sea level, on the outcrops of the escarpment, before the end of February 2021.
Great that the press picked up on our work with the craftsmen in Barbados, and with local people
Great that the press picked up on our work with the craftsmen in Barbados, and with local people to …
On our last day in Barbados, it was good to see the vertical sliding sashes, made from Guyana Purple Heart wood, going back into frames within the Garrison House at Bridgetown. Tutors and students from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology, with a little support from Mark, copied adjacent windows to begin conservation work on this building.
On our last day in Barbados, it was good to see the vertical sliding sashes, made from Guyana Purple…
Mark was very pleased to help Grantley Adams Memorial School, and a voluntary group set up to bring a former slave hospital back into use, with an evening event to demonstrate the building’s potential to create a better future for all Bajans.
Mark was very pleased to help Grantley Adams Memorial School, and a voluntary group set up to bring …