Report of an iala seminar on the Preservation of Lighthouse Heritage Executive Summary

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(equation 18)Workshop Conclusions & Recommendations

The conclusions from the seminar are no presented in any particular order.


An institutional framework with criteria for characterisation of the traditional lighthouse as part of industrial heritage is required.

The location of equipment removed from a lighthouse should be researched and recorded.

Materials and construction details used in restoration should be recorded for the benefit of future restorers.

Repair techniques should, wherever possible, be reversible.

Restoration should be monitored closely, in order to be able to judge effectiveness and, if appropriate, learn what not to do in the future.

Using original materials is a good working premise but occasionally more modern materials may be an acceptable substitute.

When planning restoration, original materials should be analysed to ensure that any new materials are compatible.

Cleaning fluids / materials should be analysed for potential harmful effects before being used.

Alternative use of lighthouses should be adapted to the needs of the lighthouse and be in sympathy with its heritage value.

Access by the public to a restored lighthouse should be encouraged.

IALA has a role in sharing heritage experience and bringing together those involved.

There are now improved techniques for maintaining optics and the use of mercury can be avoided, therefore ensuring retention of existing, technically efficient equipment in service.

A means of putting together a worldwide lighthouse network for consideration by UNESCO should be investigated.

The IALA Heritage Working group should investigate the possibility of extending the Norwegian 'Kystreise' initiative.

Whilst it is available, efforts should be made to record the knowledge and experience of those working in the lighthouse service.

(equation 19)Welcome remarks from Mrs Marilena Laskaridis, Vice President, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, dear friends!

Lighthouses!!! For some unknown reason they invoke the most mysterious, deep rooted and primordial feelings in most of us! And surprisingly, these feelings are emotional and moving in all of the Lighthouses appearances.

From the weather-beaten, storm ridden, tempestuous roaring of the waves over them, to the most peaceful and serene becalmed seas on a nice day, they never fail to move the visitor. Again, whether he passes by on a ship or visits them ashore, their impact on our feelings and senses is never one of boredom.

Their myths and fables are legendary - from Homer’s Rhapsodies, throughout the antiquities literature, historians’ descriptions to outright mythical stories which trickle through the centuries until today.

Yet invariably, the lighthouses’ inner meaning is one of hope. Hope for the sailors to avoid shipwrecking! More liberally they are regarded as cornerstones for everything that’s positive and bright in human endeavour!

A lighthouse of hope, a lighthouse of brave examples or a lighthouse of knowledge, culture and education, to name but a few.

These latter metaphors are the ones we like best in our Foundation. They combine a genuinely honest interest in these historical and beautiful monuments, with an inspiration about the cultural, educational and social work undertaken in our Foundation.

Much as the lighthouses are found in remote places, and so does our own educational work, in which we take immense pride, taking us to Greece’s most remote villages to build lighthouses of knowledge, education and simple human dignity, perseverance and endeavour!

We are very proud in cooperating with IALA, the Lighthouses Authority of the Hellenic Navy, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the Maritime Museum of Greece with which we pursue together the noble goal of furthering Greece’s Maritime and Naval tradition – we are grateful for their cooperation and support!

Last year, HRH Princess Anne, the Patron of Trinity House visited us and expressed much interest in our work related to the preservation and restoration, as well as the documentation of the stone built lighthouses in our country.

Today, we are delighted to host all of you who share the same passion (and much of the responsibilities) of restoring, preserving and enhancing the cultural and educational importance of these wonderful reminders of the past.

Let us all work together towards this most desirable and noble goal!

I hope you will enjoy the proceedings of this symposium and your stay in Greece!

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