A stonemason carves intricate detail on a stone
A stonemason carves intricate detail onto a stone ©

World Monuments Fund

A number of projects have taken place in Jordan which include: training professionals new techniques in heritage management, facilitating music schools for refugees, creating a new generation of stonemasons, and teaching young Syrians and Jordanians traditional Levantine craftsmanship skills. Additionally, there are three current 10-month projects which will run until 2021.

Find out more about the projects:

Music Schools for Refugees

£488,160 awarded to Action for Hope to preserve and promote traditional Syrian music and musical instrument making among refugee communities in two music schools in Lebanon and Jordan. This project is delivered in partnership with the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere and The Aga Khan Music Initiative.

The project has educated and trained 60 young people in traditional Syrian music in Lebanon and Jordan. It has also resulted in a core group of around 20 dedicated and experienced music teachers, who have all received training in traditional Syrian music. Diverse audiences have attended the music school’s many concerts which has contributed to a new and growing interest in traditional Syrian music among cultural communities in the two countries.

10-month project for 2020-21

Action for Hope have been awarded an extra £395,497 following the Impact round. The new project aims to capitalise on the knowledge, skills and talent of these musicians and teachers, and extend the impact of the artistic work the young musicians produce to new audiences.

Find out more about the Music Schools project in our interview with Action for Hope’s director Basma El Husseiny and in this video with Bettany Hughes.

Protecting Levantine crafts through embedded training and traditional learning

£97,060 awarded to Turquoise Mountain Trust to train young Syrians and Jordanians in traditional craft-work skills.

The project successfully trained twelve Syrian and Jordanians in traditional Levantine craftsmanship skills such as mother-of-pearl inlay, woodcarving, carpentry and wood mosaic. Additionally, these four practices have been documented and mapped.

Syrian Stonemasonry Training Scheme

£854,825 awarded to World Monuments Fund Britain to provide a group of Syrian and Jordanian trainees with traditional stonemasonry skills that can be used to repair conflict-affected historic buildings. This project is delivered in partnership with Petra National Trust.

Since 2017, the Syrian Stonemasonry has trained a cohort of Syrian refugees and Jordanians in stonemasonry as well as running community engagement activities with young people living in the area.

Find out more about the project in our interview with World Monument Fund’s director John Darlington and in this video with Bettany Hughes.

10-month project for 2020-21 | Syrian Stonemasonry training - Lebanon

Following the Impact round of funding, World Monuments Fund have been awarded an additional £548,201 for a 10-month project which will build upon the programme of stone-masonry training implemented in Jordan by rolling out the initiative to local people and Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Training in Endangered Archaeology Methodology

£2,161,054 awarded to a consortium of three UK higher education institutions (University of Oxford, University of Leicester, and University of Durham) with the University of Oxford acting as the lead applicant, to train archaeologists from eight countries in the use of an open-source aerial recording methodology, designed for conflict zones and other areas where access to the ground is restricted. This project is delivered in partnership with the Department of Antiquities, Jordan; Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Palestine; General Organisation of Antiquities and Museums, Yemen; Department of Antiquities, Libya; Directorate General of Antiquities, Lebanon; Institut National du Patrimoine, Tunisia; State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, Iraq; Ministry of State of Antiquities, Egypt; and Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt.

To date, 170 archaeologists have been trained in the use of an open-source recording methodology designed for conflict zones and areas with restricted ground access. Additionally, the project has contributed to enhancing records by supporting the creation of national databases.

10-month project for 2020-21

£749,790 has been awarded following the Impact round in order to capitalise on previous work. This involves extending the use of the database, better management of archaeological sites and training professionals in local countries on new techniques in heritage management.