Built heritage training courses

02 march 2016

Dear Sir/Madam!

The Transylvania Trust, in charge with the restoration and revitalisation of Banffy castle, Bontida, Romania,  is organising since 2001 a training project to address the lack of craftsmen and professionals in the field of historic building conservation. So far more than 1500 participants from 26 countries (Romania, Albania, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, France, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, etc.) participated at our training courses.
This summer we are organising again an international restoration workshop, designated  to undergraduate students in Architecture, Structural Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Archaeology, History of Art and other related fiels. The workshop can also be attended by craftsmen who seek to specialise in the restoration of historic buildings.
During the two weeks of the workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to learn the theoretical principles and methodology of investigation and restoration from qualified lecturers from Romania and abroad, and to participate in the restoration of Bánffy Castle. The emphasis of the training will be on direct "hands-on" learning. At the end of the workshop the participants will receive a certificate of participation.
The theoretical training will be organised on the first day of the worksop. The lectures will be translated simultaneously to Romanian, Hungarian and English. 

The practical training will focus on 4 main areas:
1.  Structural interventions in historic buildings: vault restoration and rendering (9 days), mural decorations and specialised techniques (fresco, secco, sgraffito, stucco-2 days),
2. Traditional joinery and furniture restoration.
3. Archaeological research and survey
4. Art history research and survey (1 week duration and to be continued in the rendering and mural decorations workshop)
The trainers are specialised craftsmen in the related field.
This year’s restoration camp will take place at Banffy castle, Bontida, Romania in the following period:
 25 July – 7 August 2016
Registration: Participants can register through e-mail, sending the completed form (see attached) to the address:
Note: The number of available places is limited. 
The deadline for application is 15th of April 2016.

The registration fee is 300 euro per student (a contribution towards tuition, accommodation and catering  costs).
The programme is financed by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

Full details of our restoration camps and our work can be found at
For further details please do not hesitate to contact us at
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Yours sincerely,

Adela Luiza AVRAM                                                                       BERKI Timea
Transylvania Trust Foundation                                                       Transylvania Trust Foundation
Executive Director                                                                          Program Director


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