Maintenance and conservation of the wall paintings

Radà, Yemen. 2003-2005

The program, promoted in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), General Direction for Development and Cooperation, focused on the professional training of six technicians from the General Organization of Antiquities, Museums and Manuscripts of Yemen.
The one-year course took place in 2003-2004, during the conservation treatment of a cycle of tempera wall paintings in the Amiriya Madrasa in Radà, one of Yemen's most important monuments. Apart from attending lectures on the theory and practice of conservation and maintenance of wall paintings, the course participants worked alongside the CCA conservators during the project. In this way, they were exposed first hand to the technical aspects of the treatment, practicing documentation techniques and developing their ability to read problems, distinguishing original materials from restoration materials, and applying conservation methodologies.

Course Target: 

The aim of the course was to introduce the participants to professional methodologies for maintenance of painted surfaces and build a team of technicians to handle the future maintenance of the Amiriya madrasa.
At the same time, the foundations were laid for a much longer training process intended to create eventually the first group of wall-painting conservators capable of looking after Yemen's rich painted heritage.