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WMF Making the News

The Evening Standard, 22nd February 2020, “Fake Heritage: Why We Rebuild Monuments by John Darlington Review”

The Spectator, 17th October 2020, “A Passion for Pastiche: China’s Potemkin Villages”

The Scarborough News, 9th October 2020, Castle Howard Receives Lifeline Grant from Government’s Lifeline 1.75bn Culture Recovery Fund

ITV News, 1st February 2017 “Month of action for Moseley Road Baths”

Apollo Magazine, 22nd September 2016 “What’s next for World Monuments Fund Britain”

The Guardian, 7th August 2016 “Demolition threat looms for great Victorian buildings from English fishing’s golden age “

The Guardian, 21st June 2016 “Church project to conserve tomb of Christ gets $1.3m boost”

Independent, 11th November 2015 “Palmyra will be flattened by Isis within six months, warns antiquities director”

The Guardian, 15th October 2015  “Birmingham baths and Yorkshire mansion on world’s ‘most at risk’ list”

Latest news

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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  • Stonemasonry Training Begins in Lebanon

    World Monument Fund’s stonemasonry training programme has begun in Tripoli, Lebanon, where a new group of Syrian refugees and local Lebanese will be trained in the art of stonemasonry, learn about heritage preservation in their region, and be introduced to the basics of business planning. The training centre is located in Tripoli’s Lion Tower (Burj…

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  • Strata Florida: Work Begins on Grade II Listed 18th Century Tŷ Pair

    The Strata Florida Trust are delighted to announce they have successfully secured funding for the conversion of the Grade II listed 18th century Tŷ Pair and cart shed into the Mynachlog Fawr Exhibition. The exciting project has received funding from multiple sources, including £80,000 from the World Monuments Fund, £92,400 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund…

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  • British Council Announce New Funding for Projects in Yemen and Lebanon

    World Monuments Fund Britain has been awarded £665k by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund for projects in Yemen and Lebanon. Both projects are a continuation of programmes of work carried out by WMF supporting countries affected by conflict. We are delighted that the British Council has continued to support our important work in these…

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  • Work Restarts at Bennerley Viaduct Following Lockdown

    We are delighted to report that following a temporary pause due to the Covid-19 crisis, work has restarted at Bennerley Viaduct. The viaduct was included on World Monuments 2020 Watch and following some successful fundraising by The Friends group and site owners’ Railway Paths, work started in early 2020 on repairs to the structure and…

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  • A Statement on Iran’s Cultural Heritage

    World Monuments Fund considers any threat to cultural heritage sites – in Iran or any other country – to be absolutely unacceptable. From Syria to Afghanistan, Mali to Yemen, we have all witnessed far too many intentional acts of destruction of irreplaceable treasures over the last decades. In each case we have seen how the…

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  • Peter Stormonth Darling 1932 – 2019

    The staff and trustees of World Monuments Fund Britain were deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of Peter Stormonth Darling. Peter was a long-serving Board member for World Monuments Fund Britain, joining in 1998, and becoming Chair of the charity from 2007 to 2009. He also served on the Board of World…

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  • Laocoön Returns to Stowe

    The first room I ever entered at Stowe House was the North Hall in June 2008. It was busy: students, parents, teachers racing through this tired and unnoticed thoroughfare. Whilst we politely waited there to be guided through the piano nobile you could just see glimpses of a coffered dome and scagliola columns – The…

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  • Venice Biennale

    In partnership with Sotheby’s, WMF supporters attended a special presentation of Edmund de Waal’s Psalm installation at the Aneteo Veneto, with the artist memorably describing the inspiration for his artwork – a true highlight of this year’s Biennale. This was followed by a tour of the Campo di Ghetto Nuovo led by Marcella Ansaldi, Director…

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