Sunday 21 June 2015


Today, it was announced that the UK government would sign up to the 1954 Hague Convention on protecting the world's ancient cultural sites.

Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council, said: 

'Some of the most important cultural sites in the world are at significant risk of degradation and destruction by extremist elements, and Britain is uniquely placed to prevent them from being lost forever. 

This fund will ensure that the British Council can extend the conservation work we already do with partners, such as the Bardo Museum, across the region to help preserve these priceless assets, so they can be explored by future generations, as well as provide a vital source of prosperity.'

Notes to Editor

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