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The project, sponsored by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, has been working since September 2017 in Mafraq, Jordan - twelve miles from the Syrian border - to provide a group of Syrian refugees and Jordanian citizens with traditional stonemasonry skills to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future; directly helping to repair conflict-affected heritage sites in the Middle East.
The project was conceived with the intention of addressing three major issues; to provide support and practical training for refugees scattered across the Middle East, to increase the number of people in the region who have specialist skills which can be used during periods of conservation and reconstruction and, as an outcome, to preserve and protect the extraordinary monumental heritage of Iraq and Syria.
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.
Speakers include; Tony Steel (the project’s Master Mason), Nour Al Shdaifat (Architectural Engineer) and Bara’a Al Falah (Local Project Manager), as well as John Darlington (Executive Director of World Monuments Fund Britain). The evening will be hosted by Vernon Rapley (Director of Cultural Property Protection and Security, V&A).
Following the event, there will be a reception in the Sackler Centre Lobby from 20:00 to 21:00
This event is part of the V&A’s Culture in Crisis Programme, in collaboration with the World Monuments Fund