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Ideas contest launched for Pompeii museum

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An international ideas competition has been launched for a new museum at Pompeii in Italy

Open to students and professionals under 40 years old, the contest – featuring a £390 top prize – seeks proposals for a new structure to preserve the ruins of the former Roman city.

The historic settlement was destroyed almost two thousand years ago when nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted.

The Roman ruins were unearthed in the nineteenth century but are now exposed to the elements with rainwater in winter thought to be damaging the structures.

According to the contest brief: ‘Despite the European Community making available to our government huge funds for maintenance works the landslides know no end.’

It continued: ‘A museum, near the ancient city system, might be the best way to intervene. This is an opportunity to debate a new museum for Pompei.’

The winners will be announced on 15 December and the deadline for entries is 30 November.

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