The Martos Project is the second project of its kind run by Diadrasis, a not-for-profit organisation concerned with progressing and developing conservation science through the meeting and interaction of different cultures and specialisations.
From their website:
Diadrasis, from the Greek word διάδρασις which means “interaction”, represents the main philosophy of the organization underlining the need for interdisciplinary research in Archeological & Architectural Conservation.
Diadrasis’s main aim is the study and development of the sciences of Conservation, Preservation, Restoration, Protection and Dissemination of Cultural Heritage (archaeological, architectural etc) through the interactive activities of different scientists.
(don’t ask me to pronounce the Greek!)
Last year Diadrasis ran a similar workshop, the Romiri Project, in Zakynthos, Greece, on the historic chapel of “Panagia Vlaherna”. From what I understand, this project revolved solely around the conservation of the chapel. Unlike the Romiri Project, the urban setting of the Martos Project provides the means to link the project to the urban regeneration of the surrounding area – something that I’m particularly interested in.
If you’d like to know more, the participants of the Romiri Project made a YouTube video of their experience, which gave me a bit on an insight into some of the types of things I’ll be sinking my teeth into soon!