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MCAST college students restore St Catherine’s chapel in Gudja


Sep 2, 2022

Basis college students following the Diploma in Masonry Heritage Abilities on the Malta Faculty of Arts, Science and Expertise (MCAST) have lately completed restoration work at St Catherine’s medieval chapel in Gudja.

The restored facade of the chapel. Photo: Jonathan BorgThe restored facade of the chapel. Picture: Jonathan Borg

The current chapel dates again to 1631 and its construction represents typical Seventeenth-century ecclesiastic structure consisting of 1 aisle, with a barrel vault and a most important altar on the far finish. Paperwork present that one other chapel existed on the location, which dates again to about 1562.

When the parish priest requested MCAST for assist to revive the chapel, we instantly welcomed the invitation. Firstly, this chance would have allowed our college students following the Diploma in Masonry Heritage Abilities to do sensible work associated to native heritage conservation. Secondly, MCAST would even have offered a serving to hand to the Gudja neighborhood to protect their village heritage.

The works carried out included the restoration of the roof, the exterior partitions, the chapel’s inside, changing deteriorated picket apertures and portray all apertures. Because the chapel’s roof was leaking water and developed overgrowths, the entire roof was repaired utilizing clay supplies. This allowed us to keep up its authenticity.

MCAST students working on the restoration of St Catherine’s chapel in Gudja.MCAST college students engaged on the restoration of St Catherine’s chapel in Gudja.

College students additionally changed one of many broken waterspouts. The newly put in spout, product of limestone and handcrafted by the scholars, changed the previous asbestos spout.

Throughout preliminary inspections of the location, one may see that the exterior partitions of the chapel suffered colossal harm. There was a lack of pointing on the joints, eroded stone blocks, contained delamination and there was additionally evident superficial erosion and honeycombing in some areas.

The ultimate end result showcases the scholars’ abilities, dedication and expertise

The stonework was repaired utilizing the plastic restore methodology, cement pointing and infill was eliminated, joints had been cleaned and unfastened supplies eliminated and new pointing was utilized. All steel inserts in exterior and inner partitions had been eliminated to get rid of additional harm to the stonework. College students skilfully changed deteriorated stone blocks within the facet pilasters positioned on both facet of the chapel’s doorway.

Contained in the chapel, all indifferent finishes had been scraped off. Joints had been cleaned and stuffed with a mixture of hydraulic lime and sand. The 2 small picket home windows on the rear of the wall had been repaired and apertures that would not be saved had been changed and painted. On the facade, a brand new picket window was put in within the oculus to interchange the broken one.

The ultimate end result showcases the scholars’ abilities, dedication and expertise in preserving what has been left to guard by previous generations.

Being concerned within the conservation efforts of this heritage web site for future generations to witness gave our lecturers and college students nice satisfaction.

The faculty, by means of its Institute of Engineering and Transport, affords varied programs in constructing and development, starting from basis stage to diploma programs. The masonry heritage abilities programs give learners the required data and abilities in stone restoration and conservation. It affords learners the competences they should analyse and generate options regarding particular restoration interventions.

The sensible coaching is carried out in college-based workshops and laboratories in addition to on heritage websites. All through the programme, learners have the distinctive alternative to work on historic heritage websites and buildings to grasp upkeep, safety and preservation abilities in addition to apply cleansing and testing methods.

On-line purposes for programs beginning in October are open till September 20. For extra data and to use, go to mcast.edu.mt.

Paul Borg is the deputy director on the Institute of Engineering and Transport, MCAST.

The restored altar. Photo: Jonathan BorgThe restored altar. Picture: Jonathan Borg

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