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British Council Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with DCMS

The British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, set up in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is directly responding to the threat to cultural heritage in and around the Middle East and North Africa, whilst promoting opportunities for sustainable social and economic development in the region. Utilising £30m in Official Development Assistance from the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Cultural Protection Fund offers grants to organisations to deliver projects that protect, record, conserve and restore cultural heritage at risk. In doing so, we are creating opportunities for sustainable development through providing skills; increasing capacity in the heritage workforce; and supporting communities to better understand, value and benefit from their heritage. Grants have been awarded to 51 initiatives taking place across the region. By 2020, over 3000 people in the cultural heritage sector will have received training and developed new skills as part of CPF projects and thousands of new records for threatened heritage sites have been created and are being monitored across the region. Over 10,000 people have undertaken activities that increase understanding of, or engagement with, cultural heritage.

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British Council Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with DCMS Projects

Coptic culture

Coptic Culture Conservation Collective (CCCC)

This project aims to create an archive of contemporary Coptic intangible cultural heritage whilst building local communities' capacity for long term heritage preservation.

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An Ark for Iraq

This project aims to revitalise and document the endangered watercraft heritage of traditional boats in central and southern Iraq.

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Syrian Stonemasonry Training Scheme

World Monuments Fund provided a group of Syrian and Jordanian trainees with stonemasonry skills that could be used to repair conflict-affected historic buildings and give the …

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Old City of Taiz: Building Capacity in Post-Conflict Heritage Assessment and Emergency Conservation

World Monuments Fund was awarded £100,00 to train museum professionals from the Yemeni city of Taiz, equipping them with the skills necessary to document the city's damaged cu…

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Conservation for Digitisation

This project aims to conserve endangered paper materials within the Palestinian Museum.

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Food culture sudan

Preserving Traditional Cuisine in Sudan

This year-long project focuses on the protection and preservation of traditional food and associated recipes in Sudan, with research and documentation taking place across the …

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Rescuing the Mamluk Minbars of Cairo

This year-long project focusses on the research, documentation and conservation of Mamluk minbars in Historic Cairo.

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Integrating Cultural Heritage in Conservation in Soqotra

This 30 month project will address the needs of cultural heritage on Soqotra, a Yemeni archipelago between Yemen and the Horn of Africa, as well as conducting activities to pr…

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Mardin museum

Protecting Intangible Heritage in the Upper Tigris Valley

This project will train people in the Upper Tigris Valley to document disappearing intangible cultural heritage, as well as establishing a new research resource to boost the r…

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