Bettany Hughes stood next to Hamza, one of the refugee trainee stonemasons at the site in Jordan
Bettany Hughes with Hamza, a refugee originally from Damascus who is training to be a stonemason in order to repair damage to Syria's buildings ©

British Council

Bettany Hughes visits two Cultural Protection Fund projects

Historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes visited two Cultural Protection Fund projects in Jordan and Lebanon that are creating opportunities for displaced Syrian refugee communities.

In Jordan, Bettany visited World Monument Fund's stonemasonry training programme, where a group of Syrian refugees and local Jordanians are training to become conservators of the future. In Lebanon, Bettany met displaced Syrian refugee children at Action for Hope's music schools, where they are learning traditional music and instrument making.

Both projects are supported by the Cultural Protection Fund, set up to protect heritage at risk and create sustainable opportunities for development in and around the Middle East and North Africa. 

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The above documentaries are British Council and Sandstone Global co-productions. 

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