Collapsed pavement of the choir of the Byzantine Church in Jabaliyah during its consolidation
The collapsed pavement of the choir of the Byzantine Church in Jabaliyah during its consolidation. ©

René Elter

Over £6m in new grants awarded to enhance the impact of 17 Cultural Protection Fund projects

In November 2019, additional Official Overseas Official Development Assistance funding was awarded to the Cultural Protection Fund. This has enabled the British Council to continue to build upon its success of the fund with our partners at DCMS into 2021.

We launched an ‘Impact’ round where existing grantees were invited to apply for funding to enhance the impact and sustainability of current Cultural Protection Fund work to date. 

We received a number of high-quality applications and the round was extremely competitive. After much careful consideration, we are delighted to announce that 17 of those applications have been granted funding for additional 10-month projects. 

You can find out more about some of the new grants awarded below or see our full list of projects here.

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Conservation for Digitisation

The Conservation for Digitisation project ran by The Welfare Association in partnership with the Palestinian Museum, has established the first-ever paper conservation studio in the West Bank and has so far conserved 2,841 individual paper items from a variety of important archives.

Following the Impact round of grants, the project will continue the development of the conservation studio with the procurement of additional equipment which will allow for the conservation of severely damaged items. The project will also conserve a further 2,210 paper items and will run an expanded series of advocacy and education activities as well as provide advanced training to members of museum staff.

Old City of Taiz - Building capacity in post-conflict heritage assessment and emergency conservation in Yemen

This project, ran by World Monuments Fund Britain in partnership with University of Dohuk, Historic England, and Donald Insall Associates, has delivered training in conservation assessment to 15 Yemeni participants equipping them with the skills necessary to document the city's damaged cultural heritage. Additionally, it has created a database on the state of heritage in Old Taiz, implemented a detailed assessment of the condition of the National Museum in Taiz, and delivered a series of priority restoration measures on the fabric of the museum.

The new 10-month project aims to restore the inner halls and rooms of the National Museum as well as train antiquities and museum professionals on the restoration and documentation techniques used.

Protection, preservation and promotion of Gaza Strip Historical archaeological sites

This project ran by Première Urgence Internationale in partnership with The French Biblical School of Archaeology of Jerusalem, The Islamic University of Gaza and The University of Palestine, is implementing protective measures to two archaeological sites in the Gaza Strip, the Saint Hilarion Monastery and a Byzantine Church in Jabaliyah,  both of which have been directly affected by conflict.

The additional 10-month project aims to further the protection and preservation of these archaeological sites, deliver a capacity building program for students and skilled workers in a variety of conservation and archaeological techniques, and increase public engagement with the two heritage sites.

Preserving Afghan Heritage

This project delivered in partnership with Turquoise Mountain Foundation and Turquoise Mountain Institute has restored much of the Old City of Kabul in Afghanistan, including three historic buildings and 20 bazaar shops. It has also trained over 1000 people in all aspects of safeguarding tangible and intangible cultural heritage, including architects, engineers, artisans and labourers.

The Impact grant will enable them to take their successful model of heritage safeguarding in Kabul and deliver a similar programme in the province of Bamiyan, home to some internationally significant cultural heritage, including the restoration of a 19th-century caravanserai.

Afghan National Gallery Painting Restoration

This project ran by the Foundation for Culture & Civil Society in partnership with Sayed & Nadia Consultancy Inc and the Afghan National Gallery, has successfully accessed the 150 paintings within the Afghan National Collection (which was destroyed by the Taliban) and restored 31 of these. In addition to this, Afghan National Gallery staff have received training in collections management and the care, restoration and conservation of paintings.

Following the Impact round, the new 10-month project aims to restore an additional 25 - 30 works and expand conservation training to a wider cohort of museum and gallery professionals.

Syrian Stonemasonry training scheme - Lebanon

Since 2017, the Syrian Stonemasonry Training Scheme in Jordan 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.

Following the Impact round of funding, World Monuments Fund in partnership with Petra National Trust, 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.

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

World Monuments Fund

A painting torn into two pieces.
One of 150 destroyed paintings in the Afghan National Collection ©

Foundation for Culture and Civil Society