Our headquarters is now being restored in tandem with ICOMOS Georgia. We intend to use this building as a public example of how a historic property can be renovated and have its former character restored in the modern context. We will open its doors so anyone with similar properties can see how the utilisation of the original materials can in fact be easier, cheaper and ultimately more profitable, than demolition or replacing the old and aesthetic with the new and purely functional. Our headquarters will combine both in a very usable and well designed structure – thanks to input from some of the world’s top architects and engineers.
The Khada Valley
The Khada Valley road and tunnel project currently threatens one of Georgia’s most precious historic valleys (see Landscape). We working on presenting a feasible alternative to this potentially disastrous engineering project for one of Europe’s most architecturally unique and well preserved valleys. The re-routing of the road and tunnel would allow the valley’s natural eco-tourism to develop – as has happened in England’s now world-famous Lake District – preserved thanks to concerted efforts by members of the early National Trust. A fuller explanation of the situation in Khada can be found on the Landscape page.
This is the first year of a new competition, whose purpose is to encourage local Georgian people to preserve their own heritage homes, or historical details in their homes. We hope this will lead to a new and growing trend toward awareness of cultural heritage values, not only physical but also monetary (original features are increasingly rare and therefor valuable). The 2019 competition ends 30th Oct 2019. Prizes will be given by the British Ambassador, Justin McKenzie Smith. The next year’s competition will then be open for entries.
Competition is funded by the British Embassy, Georgia
World Monument Fund Nomination
On 29th October 2019 Georgia’s National Park, Tusheti achieved international recognition from the World Monument Fund (WMF). The WMF’s new Watch List was announced in New York after 250 site entries were submitted from all over the world. But only 25 were chosen. Tusheti was nominated by the National Trust of Georgia and will be highlighted for the next two years as an international treasure, to be cherished, visited and developed as an example of high-quality mountain eco-tourism.
The NTG will help those in the region arrange its own, special Watch Day, when re-opened next summer. Journalists and specialists will come from all over the world to see the region for themselves. It will also help develop projects in the region.
First Channel report about Tusheti WMF nomination.