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The Romanian National Village Museum “Dimitrie Gusti”: Conservation of vernacular architecture

Over the last decades the vernacular heritage of the Romanian villages has faced serious damages; traditional houses in unprotected areas have often been altered and dismantled. In this context, the vernacular heritage owned by ethnographical museums becomes crucial in preserving its authenticity. The preservation of traditions, existing cultural landscapes and maintaining the spirit of Romanian rural areas is also performed by several non-governamental organizations.

In this talk, particular cases of activities done for restoration of ethnographical monuments in the National Village Museum “Dimitrie Gusti”, which started as a sociological museum, are used to illustrate the principles of conservation of vernacular heritage.

Monica Oană

Monica’s interest in the conservation of historic monuments started in the last years of professional studies at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture, Bucharest, followed by masters in Conservation of Architectural und Urban Heritage and in Medieval Studies. Her career started with architectural practice and work as historical monuments inspector for the Culture Directorate in Sibiu, Romania.

Subsequently Monica was involved in some major projects financed by the World Bank and the Romanian Government, such as the Cultural Heritage Project implemented by the Ministry of Culture and the Judicial Reform –rehabilitation of court of law buildings– implemented by the Ministry of Justice. She has also worked in the Ministry of Culture, The Project Management Unit on two projects, financed by the Council of Europe Development Bank and the Romanian Government, for the rehabilitation of historical monuments and public cultural buildings in Romania.

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