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What does the future hold for the cultural heritage of Iraq and Syria?

Friday 7 December 2018,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

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In 2015, in response to the destruction of heritage sites in Iraq and Syria, the British Museum developed a scheme which could offer something positive and constructive. The ‘Iraq Scheme’, received the support of the UK government, and the Museum was granted £2.9m over five years of Official Development Assistance through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

With reference to the scheme, this panel discussion explores the wider issues of cultural preservation in Iraq and Syria and what the future holds for cultural heritage across the region, both tangible and intangible.

Chaired by journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed, the panel will include distinguished Iraqi archaeologist, Dr Lamia al-Gailani Werr; acclaimed Syrian musician, Maya Youseff; the Director of the British Museum’s Iraq Scheme, Jonathan Tubb, and Financial Times Middle-East correspondent David Gardner.

Presented in collaboration with the FT Weekend.

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Maya Youssef. Photo- Igor Studio.