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Green Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Egypt

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

1.1. To create and develop an innovative means in the field of conservation of cultural heritage, regarding the disinfection and inhibition of bacteria and fungi colonizing the heritage objects. It is aimed at replacing the traditional harmful chemical and physical methods, due to the promising features of plant extracts and essential oils (PEEOs), resource effectiveness, availability, manageability and safety for both heritage materials and people either visitors or museum staff. 1.2. To rescue the selected bio-deteriorated buildings, stones, mural paintings, textiles, carpets and oil paintings heritage in Egypt, via documentation, identification of the components, treat, disinfect them from microbial colonizing, and museum display. 1.3. To establish a conservation laboratory in the Faculty of Arts, Damietta University, it will be the first one in Damietta and the surrounding governorates, aid teaching under- and post-graduates and facilitate high quality research by faculty staff and specialists. 1.4. To lead a strong awareness of the chemical and physical methodologies that are harmful to health, heritage and the environment, and to encourage others in all disciplines to harness nature and green materials. 1.5. To build capacity around a novel mean in heritage conservation in the UK and Egypt, and to exchange expertise in microbiology and conservation and initiate a sustainable co-operation. 1.6. To increase the financial income of the Egypt cultural heritage for a long-term through treatment and display of the selected deteriorated heritage. 1.7. To publish high quality articles in high impact-factor journals, which also promotes our universities ranking. 1.8. To develop connectivity and sustainable partnerships, exchange knowledge, expertise and cultures, and to build new academic partnerships between Egypt and the UK, indirectly contributing to cultural harmony, which is a priceless aim in the long-term.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--Newton-AH_R007926_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £104,614

Dominica as a Centre of Excellence for the Preservation & Celebration of the Creole Culture through Language, the Arts and its indigenous Kalinagos

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The primary aim of DoBeC is to establish a research network between the University of Bedfordshire and the Kommite Pou Etid Kweyol (KEK), a Commonwealth of Dominica NGO an affiliate of The National Cultural Council, Cultural Division of Dominica to establish and develop advocacy for advancement of the Creole heritage and culture through the arts and humanities. The core focus of building this network with the LMIC The Commonwealth of Dominica, is for advancement of the Creole heritage and culture employing a multidisciplinary approach through the unique indigenous Kweyol language, arts (storytelling, song and dance), tourism and its indigenous Kalinago people. In that regard, the networking activities aim to establish and sustain long term engagement and partnership between key actors and stakeholders in the LMIC Dominica and academics at the University of Bedfordshire so as to ensure collaboration which extends beyond participation in initial networking events. Importantly, the network aims to develop and advance policy proposal to establish the Commonwealth of Dominica via KEK and the National Cultural Council as a Centre of Excellence of the Creole Heritage & Culture in the short to medium term, with prospects for seeking World Heritage status in the long term. DoBeC desires to strengthen links with other key regional and international organisations and actors in advancing marginalised indigenous Creole cultures in general and specifically in the wider Caribbean region among other Creole speaking communities namely, St Lucia & Haiti (two LMICs). DoBeC seeks to develop medium to long term international significance through creating further awareness and building stronger links with the international experts in the field in UK and beyond. This will be facilitated through a discussion forum for stimulating debate on creative and innovative perspectives by which marginalised indigenous communities can be engaged and supported in bridging the gap across cultural borders and mixed identities. As such, a pivotal short-term goal of the network is to employ a series of workshops and public engagement fora to advance a white paper for promotion of national policy on establishing (a pilot project) for KEK as a Centre Excellence, and driver of a national creole curriculum and related teacher training programmes. In this regard the specific objectives of the network are to: 1 Develop a platform for collaboration that aims at advancing the creole heritage and culture (language, food, arts, dance and fashion). 2 Instigate the development of a knowledge base regarding the creole heritage and culture and aimed at supporting advocacy, teaching and information dissemination. 3 Investigate and document core principles and best practices for advancing policy on preservation and promotion of the creole heritage and culture in pursuit of advancing KEK as a Centre of Excellence in Creole heritage and cultural preservation in the Caribbean region and beyond. 4 To advance links through established and new international organisations that could help further the agenda of the network (example, International Federation of Art Council and Culture Agencies; Folk Research Centre, St. Lucia; La Francophonie, Waitukubuli Culture and Tourism Initiative, UK among others) in the medium to long term. Evidence based research is needed to determine current attitudes, ascertain support for further institutionalising the creole culture and to document critical aspects of the heritage for sustainable development of all its dimensions. Currently, in some genres much of the knowledge and history remains undocumented practices handed down (Taylor 2006) and in the minds of a few cultural elders and icons. As such it is critical that research is employed to first capture such valuable national information, and then to document and archiveit for sustainability of the creole culture, heritage and its art forms.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-AH_R004498_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £53,426

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