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The objective of Phase 2 of our project in Mafraq is to build upon the foundation of the pilot project, extending and refining skills learnt with greater emphasis on conservation, and taking students to the next level of ability.

A small cadre of 20 of the most talented students, both Jordanian and Syrian have been selected to take part in the intensive 6-month training programme.

Core teaching subjects continue to be masonry and the conservation of stone structures, but delivered at a higher level, enhancing the impressive skillset and introducing new techniques.

In addition, we are introducing new modules on letter-carving and working with plaster and mortar in the context of stonemasonry, to broaden the students’ skills.

Training is taking place at a training centre in Mafraq and has been extended to the full working day, allowing for a more intensive programme.

The ambition is to contribute towards the practical conservation and restoration of an appropriate historic site, monument or building in Jordan in partnership with the relevant curatorial authorities, probably as part of an existing conservation programme. This has a two-fold benefit – firstly, our students would be involved in the application of their work, supporting the Conservation in Practice module of their course and giving them a tangible CV and legacy. And secondly, a monument or historic building would benefit from conservation and restoration.

We are currently seeking funding for:

•Tools and equipment
•Materials – i.e. dolomitic limestone
•Resources to pay for additional master-classes to enhance the student’s experience and knowledge
•Money to pay for appropriate work permits, so that our students have the best possible chance of finding work.

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A stonemasonry Student in carves a stone at the training centre in Mafraq

A stonemasonry Student in carves a stone at the training centre in Mafraq

 

A trainee works on an intricate piece of carving

A trainee works on an intricate piece of carving

 

Students working in the stonemasonry training centre in Mafraq

Students working in the stonemasonry training centre in Mafraq