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Ethiopian Heritage Fund

The Ethiopian Heritage Fund was established and incorporated as a British charity in 2005 (n°1110969). Its first project was to finance the publication of Ethiopian Church Treasures and Faith, a book aimed at supporting the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church (EOTC) in its efforts to preserve, conserve and promote its artistic heritage. Since then it has widened its remit, working together with the EOTC, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Authority for Research & Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) and the Regional bureaus of Culture in order to aid the conservation of artifacts and paintings and to provide advice and education on their maintenance. Its other stated aim is to raise awareness of these beautiful objects within Ethiopia and thereby increase international tourism to rural areas

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Ethiopian Heritage Fund Projects

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Dessie Museum Renovation

This project will support the complete renovation of the Dessie Museum in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region, which was destroyed during conflict in 2021.

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Survey of Paintings in Rock-Hewn and Constructed Churches in Tigray, Ethiopia

The EHF, with local heritage bodies, aims to build a comprehensive database of painted churches, serving as a tool for their future monitoring, conservation and protection. A …

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Training Course for Tour Guides in Gheralta, Tigray

The EHF works with local communities, guides and tourist agencies to encourage sustainable tourism to Tigray’s painted churches. In subsidising rural economies, this plays a v…

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Wall Paintings of Tigray - Conservation Programme

In 2013, in collaboration with its Ethiopian partners and with the assistance of the Courtauld Institute, the EHF, carried out a survey of 9 painted churches in Tigray, Ethiop…

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