Talk: World Monuments Fund Britain’s Syrian Stonemasonry Training Programme at the Imperial War Museum
In Jordan, 12 miles from the Syrian border, a group of Syrian refugees and Jordanian citizens have been learning traditional stonemasonry skills to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future. Hear more about this remarkable programme during a talk.
World Monuments Fund Britain has been working in Mafraq, Jordan – 12 miles from the Syrian border – since September 2017 to provide a group of Syrian refugees and Jordanian citizens with traditional stonemasonry skills to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future.
Backed by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, a £30 million initiative to protect heritage in conflict-affected areas, the aim of the training centre is to take three problems and turn them into a solution. The problems: how to conserve extraordinary monumental heritage in Syria, such as the ancient souk of Aleppo? The issue is exacerbated by the depletion of skilled craftspeople – so, once the dust of conflict settles, there will be few locally to carry out restoration work. At the same time, thousands of refugees have their lives on hold, seeking hope. The solution: train refugees to become craftspeople. Give them a skill – in this case, stonemasonry – to help restore their nation’s heritage. Join WMF Britain’s Executive Director John Darlington to hear more about this remarkable programme.