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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

Khalidi library

Preserving Palestinian Heritage

This eighteen month project aims to expand access to the largest private collection of Arabic Manuscripts in Jerusalem.

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Carved in stone

Carved in Stone

Carved in Stone aims to tackle the threat to rock-cut reliefs in Turkey.

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Preserving syrian heritage

Preserving Syrian Heritage

This project aims to train Syrians in digital documentation techniques in order to digitally document heritage sites at risk.

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Mamluk facade

Restoration of a Mamluk Façade in Jerusalem

This year long project restored the main façade of a Mamluk building in Jerusalem

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Preservation archaeology gaza

Protection and Preservation of Historical Archaeological Sites in the Gaza Strip

This project will rehabilitate two heritage sites in the Gaza Strip: the Saint Hilarion Monastery and a Byzantine Church in Jabaliyah.

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Preserving the Historic Homes of Displaced Communities in Lebanon

This two-year project will rehabilitate a significant portion of the historic centres of two cities in Lebanon.

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Amedi 2

Planning the Future of Amedi Project

World Monuments Fund was awarded funding to enhance and document the built heritage and build community capacity and management frameworks in the historic town of Amedi in Ira…

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Preserving lebanese cultural heritage

Youth-led Approach to Preserving Lebanese Cultural Heritage

This 18-month youth-led project will focus on the preservation and promotion of historical sites, oral history, cultural festivals and traditional crafts and customs in six ru…

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Conserving sudan cultural heritage

Conserving Sudanese Cultural Heritage

This two-year project aims to conserve and digitise a range of written and photographic material held in archives in Sudan.

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