The British Museum has announced a five-year program that will train some 50 Iraqi heritage professionals to deal with the damage inflicted on heritage sites by the likes of Isis. the program has won a £3 million government grant to train local museum curators, conservation technicians and heritage protection archaeologists in methods of conservation and restoration. Although there is no way to prevent further damage, or in many cases at the moment to even access the sites, the hope is that as access becomes available these individuals will be able to preserve as much of our communal heritage as is possible.
The British museum prides itself on being an active participant in reminding the public of what is occurring in Iraq and importance of Iraq’s archaeological and historical legacy. in June 2008 the British Museum and British army with the support of Iraq’s board for antiquities and heritage conducted a project to assess the damage and a number of archaeological sites in southern Iraq, In February 2009 a follow-up inspection of Babylon was carried out on the half of UNESCO the full report is available here.
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