RESTORATION PROJECTS

Restoration projects

Iberdrola, through its foundation in Spain, provides constant support for projects to recover and conserve our historical and artistic heritage, in collaboration with renowned organisations and institutions. Prominent among the projects undertaken is the Atlantic Romanesque Restoration Plan, the scope of which goes beyond mere artistic restoration, making it a driver of social revitalisation. We also collaborate with prestigious restoration workshops at leading museums such as the Prado and Bilbao Fine Arts museums to restore famous masterpieces.

ATLANTIC ROMANESQUE PLAN

In February 2020, Iberdrola — through its foundation in Spain — extended the Atlantic Romanesque Plan to the next four years (2020-2023). It is a cross-border cooperation project to preserve cultural heritage sponsored by the Government of Castilla y León and Fundación Iberdrola. Since its inauguration in 2010, the Plan has been involved in work on some twenty Romanesque churches in the provinces of Zamora and Salamanca in Spain and the regions of Porto, Vila-Real and Bragança in Portugal.

Its activities include the work being carried out on the church of San Martín de Tours in Salamanca to alleviate the structural problems it suffers from its origin and which are worsening over time. This church, which was built in the 12th century on the site of an earlier building, has been declared a Historical-Artistic Monument and together with the Catedral Vieja (Old Cathedral) it is the city's most significant Romanesque building. As part of the project, that entailed an investment of 356,000 euros, it was decided to monitor the space to gather real data on its condition. The first sensors were installed in 2015 and the building has been under constant observation ever since. With the extension of the Atlantic Romanesque Plan it is decided to continue with the improvement works of the building six more months.

INFORMATION POINT

In June 2019 an information point on the plan was opened next to the monastery of Santa María la Real in San Martín de Castañeda, in the province of Zaragoza. The space serves as a visitor reception centre and explains the history of the building and the various actions implemented within this initiative, highlighting the importance of new technologies in the conservation of heritage.

The plan has made it possible to transform the sacristy of the church of San Martín de Castañeda into a chapel adapted to the needs of worshippers, create a visitor information point and, more recently, repair the church roof. A around-the-clock monitoring system has also been installed to control and improve preventive conservation, granting the energy efficiency.

The Atlantic Romanesque Plan also offers cultural activities to promote knowledge and invigorate and disseminate the heritage of the areas involved. For example, in August 2019 a concert was held in this same church, for the sixth year in a row. The recital, entitled Origen Fusión, was given by the Vandalia Trio, featuring a fusion of classical and modern music, including jazz, Latin, funk and flamenco.

THE DOOR TO THE KINGDOM

As part of the Atlantic Romanesque Plan, work has also been done on the cultural project Ciudad Rodrigo Cathedral. The door to the kingdom, with the purpose of disseminating the contents of the plan and the actions carried out at the Nuestra Señora de Santa María Cathedral. Conferences, guided visits or cultural activities are only a few of the events of the project. Information about these events was available at the visitor welcome and information point next to the Door of Forgiveness of the Cathedral in Ciudad Rodrigo.

Some of the most interesting events of the project include the Christmas concert held at the cathedral on 22 December 2017. The concert was given by "Scherzo Música de Cámara", with free admission.

ALSO IN PORTUGAL

In order to restore and showcase the cultural heritage in the north of Portugal, in November 2017, the company began the second phase of the Atlantic Romanesque Plan in Boticas and Guimarães, with the restoration of the Romanesque churches in Covas del Barroso and Serzedelo.

WITH THE PRADO MUSEUM

Iberdrola has also collaborated with the Prado National Museum since 2010, when it became a Patron of the Paintings Restoration Workshop. Since then it has progressively extended its collaboration to new areas such as the Lighting the Prado project and the granting of annual scholarships for research into restoration, not to forget our support or the program of conservation and restoration of the museum.

2017 IBERDROLA MUSEUM PROGRAM

Iberdrola presented the results of its 2017 Iberdrola Museum Program. The initiative is based on the following lines of action of the Conservation and Restoration, Education and Cultural Action Departments of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum:

Firstly, the program funded the annual restoration of a series of works of art of the museum's permanent collection. Moreover, the Iberdrola-Museum scholarship was awarded to promote training and research in this field. Finally, different learning activities were specially designed and carried out for persons with cognitive disabilities or visual impairment, so they could experience and enjoy the collection.

37 works of art were restored throughout 2017 as part of the program. These were restored by the Conservation and Restoration Department of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. In addition, it is worth highlighting that these pieces were used for further historical and artistic analysis after their restoration.

The Atlantic Romanesque Plan has also financed other restoration projects, such as those of the churches of San Pedro de la Nave in El Campillo and Santa Marina in Sejas de Sanabria, both in the province of Zamora.