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Henio on S4C, 18th November 2020, Strata Florida Exhibition Project 

Designboom, 2nd November 2020, Moseley Road Baths features in new “Accidently Wes Anderson” Book

Financial Times, 14th November 2020, “Tennessee’s Parthenon, China’s Eiffel Tower and other Heritage Fakes” 

The Evening Standard, 22nd October 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

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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News and comment

  • Stonemasonry Training Concludes in Lebanon

    The programme focused on training Syrian refugees and local Lebanese in the craft of conservation stonemasonry, equipping them with skills to improve their livelihoods and to restore their heritage. A cohort of 40 trainees were selected, 20% of the trainees were female which was an important outcome of the project. The age range of the…

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  • Strata Florida: Unusual Finds

    Strata Florida, a Cistercian monastery in Ceredigion, is World Monuments Fund Britain’s first project in Wales. In partnership with the Strata Florida Trust, WMFB is working to restore the farmhouse and other buildings located close to the monastery. In September 2020 work began on the conversion of the Grade II listed 18th century Tŷ Pair…

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  • Stowe North Hall: A Step Closer to Completion

    Stowe House Exterior

    Completion of the restoration of Stowe House’s North Hall, largely funded by World Monuments Fund, came a step closer this summer with the installation of a statue of Mercury opposite the imposing Laocoön group installed last year.  Restoration of the Hall started in 2015 with conservation and cleaning of William Kent’s magnificent gilded ceiling portraying Viscount Cobham amid military splendour. This…

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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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