Skills Database For Restoration Programme

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The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth is seeking to compile information to create a database of skilled professionals with knowledge and experience in traditional building practices.

In January 2015, the Ministry launched its National Restoration Programme with the aim of restoring historic buildings in Barbados and preserving the island???s cultural heritage.

One of the objectives of this Programme is to develop a database of skilled professionals with knowledge and experience in several traditional building practices.

These include the restoration of traditional chattel houses and traditional two storey shops, the restoration and reproduction of fretwork for chattel houses, wood turning for mahogany furniture; and the restoration and reproduction of traditional mahogany furniture.

The Ministry will be collecting information relating to the length of time persons would have been working in the particular field; their area of speciality and the source of their training, whether through formal training or by apprenticeship.

This information will assist in identifying the skill needs within the heritage sector in Barbados and assist in the planning of future training to develop that sector. Persons are invited to submit the required information to: The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, (Attention: Ms. Sheron Johnson) Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael.

Envelopes should be clearly marked ???Database for Conservation???. The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 31.??Further details may be obtained by calling 621- 2700.

Author: Jamal Weekes/Ministry of Culture
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