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  • Stonemasonry Training in Mafraq, Jordan

    Completed and assembled mouldings

    In recent years the world has witnessed the devastating impacts of human conflict on the Syrian people and their treasured cultural sites. World Monuments Fund has launched a new initiative, a Jordan-based heritage conservation training program for Syrian refugees and Jordanians in Mafraq, Jordan. WMF has been committed to protecting and conserving heritage in conflict zones and strengthening communities around sustainable commitments to heritage for decades. This training programme is made possible thanks to the support of the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund and Petra National Trust in Jordan.

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  • Saving Moseley Road Baths

    World Monuments Fund’s support of a community-led movement to protect, conserve, and steward Moseley Road Baths, a Grade II* listed Edwardian swimming complex in Birmingham, led to a major milestone in March 2018: the Birmingham City Council, with a coalition of community groups and heritage organisations, agreed on a plan to keep community members swimming at the Baths while beginning an extensive programme of maintenance and repair. Moseley Road Baths embodies Birmingham’s architectural, social, and industrial heritage. It tells the story of the rise of the working class in 20th-century England and the lives of people who lived there. Of equal importance is the role the Baths play in the local community today, as a cherished, safe, and therapeutic space to be among family, friends, and neighbours.

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  • Archived Public talk Archived

    Mar 62018
    Culture in Crisis: Spotlight on the Syrian Stonemasonry Training Programme

    Trainees practicing their carving skills
    Join us for an evening exploring the inspiring achievements of the World Monuments Fund’s Syrian Stonemasonry Training Programme. The event will provide an opportunity to take stock of the progress made so far as well as highlighting the project’s future ambitions; including short talks, videos of work to date and a Q&A with the team who join us from the Mafraq centre in Jordan. See full Event

  • Soft Power and Heritage

    On 8th November 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi finally opened its doors.  The culmination of over ten years of negotiation, planning and construction, and at a cost exceeding 1 Billion Euros, the new museum explores connections between cultures around the world.  It is another statement of global intent from the UAE and a smart move by…

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  • Fake Heritage: In a world growing used to fake news, we now have fake heritage

    Damien Hirst’s monumental new show Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable looks and feels utterly gorgeous. An extraordinary assemblage of over 2,000 objects, carefully raised off the seabed from the wreck of the Apistos and convincingly displayed in Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi, two of Venice’s heavyweight museums.

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  • Stonemasonry Training in Mafraq, Jordan

    Stone Masonry Training in Mafraq

    When the British Government set up the Cultural Protection Fund to support people and heritage in war-torn areas of the world, we at World Monuments Fund looked at how our expertise could make the biggest impact.  Three issues were at the top of our minds:  firstly, the extraordinary monumental heritage of Iraq and Syria, which…

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  • Architectural Historian Gavin Stamp dies aged 69

    We were deeply saddened by the news over Christmas of the loss of Dr Gavin Stamp, architectural historian and member of World Monuments Fund Britain's architectural advisory panel.  Gavin was co-author of WMF's book on the restoration of Nicholas Hawksmoor's eccentric masterpiece, St George's church in Bloomsbury, and a regular contributor to our events.  He…

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  • Archived Archived

    Feb 12018
    In at the deep end: Securing a future for Moseley Road Baths

    Our annual Mellon Lecture will be by Simon Inglis, specialist on the architecture and heritage of sport and recreation. Born in Birmingham, not far from Moseley Road Baths (where he first learned to swim), Inglis studied history and history of architecture at University College London, then freelanced for various publications, including the Guardian, Observer and… See full Event

  • WMF Britain awarded grant to train Syrian refugees in stonemasonry

    Syria is much in the news at the moment as the humanitarian tragedy of war continues to impact on everyday lives. To make matters worse the cultural heritage of the country is also caught in the cross-hairs of conflict, with fundamentalist groups deliberately targeting ancient sites that are valued both locally and across the world.…

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