ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Archaeologist Dr Reginald Murphy is appealing to youth in Antigua & Barbuda to get involved in architectural restoration.
Dr Murphy, who appeared on yesterday’s Voice of the People programme on OBSERVER Radio, impressed upon residents that they should not abandon historical architecture. He said, at present, there were only a few professionals on island who are capable of building and restoring traditional stonework.
“In 30 years’ time, what’s going to happen to us, I don’t know and that’s why I’d like to see a programme started where we can actually start training people because we have so many old buildings that we can restore,“ he said.
While he acknowledged that most of the properties in need of restoration are owned by private stakeholders, the archaeologist suggested that government should collaborate with the owners to facilitate such projects.
“We should do all we can with the owners to make it financially viable for them to want to keep their buildings as is,” he told OBSERVER media.
He further noted that a return to traditional architecture could also be a boost to the nation’s tourism product.
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