Our work to continue in countries affected by conflict
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 regions and are looking forward to working with our in-country partners to support heritage and communities impacted by war and displacement.
In Lebanon our new project will build upon the successful programme of stone-masonry training implemented over the last two years in Mafraq, Jordan, targeted at Syrian refugees and local people, by rolling out the initiative in another focus for Syrian refugees, Tripoli in Lebanon. We have learned a great deal in Jordan, and now have the trainers, a tested and fit-for-purpose syllabus, well-established relationships and depth of practical experience to deliver this impactful programme in another place of great need. We plan to replicate the success of the Mafraq initiative.
Interior works at the Imam Palace
In Taiz, Yemen we will continue to work on the Imam Palace. Thanks to the first phase of work, the external envelope of the façades and roof of the Palace has been restored, but the interior of the building remains in a critical condition. The restoration of the inner halls and rooms of the Imam Palace is a major step forward towards the complete rehabilitation of the National Museum in Taiz. A completely restored Imam Palace would once again provide the heritage authorities a space for cultural activities that the local population could enjoy and use.
It is anticipated that work on both these projects will begin over the summer 2020, but will depend on any the restrictions that are in place due to Covid-19 crisis.