The main aim of the exhibition Our Culture Our Future is to increase awareness about archaeological and cultural heritage sites in Iraq, so that they can be better protected in the future.
The EAMENA Project and the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) have worked together in this endeavour to raise awareness among members of the general public about their archaeological heritage. The first group of panels introduces the training element of the EAMENA project in the use of digital technologies and satellite imagery for the discovery of sites and heritage management. The second group outlines the types of archaeological site known in Iraq, their importance to our understanding of the development of human history and the diversity of Iraq’s rich cultural heritage. The final group identifies common threats, such as agricultural and urban expansion, which lead to many of Iraq’s historical and archaeological sites being damaged or even destroyed each year.
In addition to this online version, portable versions of the exhibition are also making a tour of Iraqi towns and communities. By making the exhibition accessible to a wide audience, from school-age children to industry leaders and politicians, it is hoped that it may have both an immediate influence for the protection of the heritage and a positive impact on the next generation.
The production of the exhibition is thanks to a grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Protection Fund, administered by the British Council. We are very grateful to Sayantani Neogi, Graham Philip, Kristen Hopper, Abdulameer Al Hamdani and Michelle De-Gruchy in providing text and images. Significant contributions also came from the SBAH staff, involved in EAMENA’s training workshops from 2018–2019, many of whom appear in the exhibition photos. Design and curatorial editing were completed by Amy Jane Barnes, and translations were done by Mohammed Sabri, Mohamed Kenawi, Abdulameer Al Hamdani and Ahmed Buzaian, to whom we are very grateful.
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