The ILUCIDARE Consortium is delighted to announce the winner of the ILUCIDARE Challenge: “A Regenerative Museum: A Caribbean Living Museum of traditional historic buildings for cultural and economic renewal in rural Jamaica” proposed by the Wattle and Red Earth (WARE) Collective.
History museums are often considered as limited storehouses for artifacts rather than vibrant contemporary cultural spaces. A new model of the living history museum can offer reach, impact and civic value. The Wattle and Red Earth (WARE) Collective’s proposal for an Open-Air Living Museum envisions a regenerative approach to traditional architecture that bridges old and new design concepts and fosters action within a rural community that exceeds the creation of jobs, moving towards a community-oriented, collaborative museum concept.
The project – to be realised in the next 5 years - is potentially a model for the restoration of heritage through innovative engagement of the community and could be expanded to the restoration of derelict buildings across Jamaica, and aligns perfectly with the spirit of the ILUCIDARE Challenge.
The winner of the ILUCIDARE Challenge will be celebrated during the ILUCIDARE Playground “Turning a new page for heritage” on April 22, 2022 in Brussels and online. The Playground will gather heritage stakeholders and enthusiasts, policy-makers, researchers and (young) entrepreneurs from across Europe and beyond.
The WARE Collective is a non-profit Jamaican organization which advocates, educates and actively preserves the built heritage that has evolved in Jamaica from this melting pot of cultures. The WARE Collective seeks to preserve and restore historic structures which were built across Jamaica by enslaved or newly freed Africans and their descendants, with a view to reuse them as shops or recreational places for local communities, thus contributing to territorial attractiveness, social cohesion and inclusion.