Building Beyond the Mediterranean program Archives from European building companies

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The exhibition “Building Beyond the Mediterranean” is an invitation to discover a selection of archives from European building companies active in the south-eastern arc of the Mediterranean between 1860 and 1970.

The archive collections constitute cultural heritage that is both exceptional and undiscovered which documents the history of the techniques used as well as the spread of European skills in the 19th and 20th centuries. Constructions in steel or reinforced concrete, towns to accommodate expatriate workers and staff, public buildings, but also restoration projects, furniture and decorations made by craftsmen... All these creations bear witness to a time of intense commercial, human, technical, cultural and artistic exchanges between Europe and the southern shores of the Mediterranean.

Five partner institutions in the European project, Arching (Culture 2007-2013 Programme of the European Commission) have contributed to the creation of this exhibition:

With this online exhibition the Arching group also fulfills its commitment to make information accessible to anyone all over the world.