The Friends of Basrah Museum is one of seven recipients of the first grants made by the new Cultural Protection Fund (CPF), which was launched by The British Council in partnership with the Department of Cultural, Media and Sport. The fund aims to help to create sustainable opportunities for economic and social development by fostering, safeguarding and promoting cultural heritage affected by conflict overseas.
The Friends of Basrah Museum, a registered UK charity, will work with the Department of Antiquities and Heritage, Basrah, and the State Board of Antiquities in Baghdad to complete three new galleries and transfer more cultural items from Baghdad to Basrah. The grant will also fund professional development for museum staff through a capacity‐building programme delivered by UK museum professionals, including training for museum staff on exhibition development, interpretation, graphic design, conservation and scientific analysis.
‘This is a fantastic opportunity to build on the success of the first gallery which opened in September,’ said FOBM Chairman Sir Terence Clark. ‘We are very much looking forward to working with the Basrah Museum and its Director Qahtan Alabeed to complete this additional exhibition space and enhance the skills of his team.’
‘The interest in the Basrah Museum has been phenomenal,’ said Qahtan. ‘It’s a great example of how the international community can support us to celebrate and conserve the rich cultural heritage of southern Iraq. It’s an exciting time for us!’
The Friends of the Basrah Museum is a UK‐registered charity established in 2010 to raise funds for the Basrah Museum and to provide support to its Director, Qahtan Alabeed.
The £30 million Cultural Protection Fund aims to protect and preserve physical monuments and religious sites, as well as 'intangible' heritage: inherited traditions, beliefs and cultural identity, passed down through generations – all of which have been increasingly under threat in the Middle East and North Africa as so‐called Islamic State have gained power in the region.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Clare Bebbington, Friends of Basrah Museum – tel: +44 7403006106