We work in partnership with a wide range of institutions who share common interests. Our partners range in scale from huge national institutions, like the British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Islamic Arts Museum in Malaysia, to cultural, research and academic institutions, professional organisations, and historians, archaeologists, conservators, curators, and others.
Over the past 30 years, we have invested resources in building the skills of heritage professionals and supporting projects in 40 countries. Many of our grantees have long-standing relationships with The Trust, developed over decades. On the other hand, we are open and welcome new partnerships, new ideas, and new generations.
Between January 13-18, 2020, the Urban Recovery Platform at the Beirut Urban Lab, the American University of Beirut, conducted a capacity building workshop funded by the Barakat Trust and the Ford Foundation. The workshop focused on post-conflict urban recovery and took the city of Aleppo in Syria as its site [...]
As a first stage towards preserving a valuable neighbourhood of historic Cairo, a team of four art historians and two conservation architects will survey and assess the conservation state of historic commercial buildings in the area of Bulaq, Cairo, the city's historic river port. Bulaq is a largely overlooked quarter [...]
Our Kids Camp: Islamic Miniatures & Noble Sports workshops introduced young children in London to the wonderful world of Islamic miniatures and the noble sports of the golden age of the Islamic. The educational materials and workshops were funded by Amal and the Royal Borough of Kensington's Grenfell Fund. [...]
Enjoy the video of the Islamic Baydha Archaeological Excavation Project in Petra, Jordan supported by The Barakat Trust. The Islamic Bayda Project includes a training programme in archaeological fieldwork, designed for Jordanian and international trainees.
'Damascene Houses - preserving the memory of an architectural wonder'. In 2017-18, Augustus Lersten was awarded a grant for the production of a video on 'Damascene Houses' - Interior dimensions, architecture, and the cultural nuances and stories that these houses carry and what they mean to Syrian people. [...]
Between 2018 and 2019 the Barakat Trust funded Omniya Abdel Barr's very ambitious project to enhance the Creswell archives in six International collections. K.A.C Creswell's works are held by at least five institutions and in private collections. And together they constitute an invaluable The project provided digitisation, cataloguing and extensive [...]
Shuqayra Conservation Project: Phase I, West-Central Jordan, 2017. Grantee: ZAKARIYAN.BENBADHANN NA’IMAT, Islamic Archaeology Research Unit at the University of Bonn, Germany About the project: The project undertook three main tasks: 1) a detailed artistic and architectural documentation of the mosaic pavement, 2) a complete diagnosis of the current state of preservation [...]
Noorah Al-Gailani has been Curator of Islamic Civilisations at Glasgow Museums since 2003. She is based at the Burrell Collection but works across the city’s many museums to interpret Islamic art and culture, both ancient and modern, through research, exhibitions and a variety of educational activities and public events. Noorah [...]
Since 2017, Dr Utrero Agudo has been a Tenured Researcher at the Escuela de Estudios Árabes (Granada), of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain. His research is devoted to the archaeology and architecture of late antique and early medieval periods in the Iberian Peninsula and Western Europe (5thto [...]
Hossam Mahdy is an Egyptian and British freelance consultant and researcher on the conservation of built heritage. He acquired his PhD from the University of Glasgow, UK; MSc from University of Leuven, Belgium; and BSc from Ain Shams University, Egypt. His work focuses on Islamic views on the conservation of [...]
Omniya Abdel Barr is an architect with experience in urban conservation, monument restoration and cultural heritage documentation and digitisation. Her work is focused on Mamluk art and architecture in Egypt. She holds a PhD in history from Aix-Marseille University (2015), an MSc in Conservation from Raymond Lemaire Center in KUL [...]
The work of The Barakat Trust was recently featured in this Arabic article in a leading Egyptian newspaper, Al-Masry al-Youm. The article focuses on the impact The Trust has had over the past 30 years, namely by building the capacity of professionals in the field of heritage and museum studies [...]
Three Egyptian women who work in the architecture and construction fields are shortlisted for the 2019 Tamayouz Excellence Award, which champions the best in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. Tamayouz Excellence Award partnered with the Society of Egyptian Architects and The Knowledge Hub Universities to host the jury [...]
Islamic heritage has inspired artists from many different disciplines, finding its way to watches that display geometric Islamic design by Miraj Collections, a company that bases its products on the 12-point star of Alhambra Palace in Andalusia, Spain. Miraj was set up by Abdullah Ahmed, a managerial economics graduate and [...]
Departures: A Photographic Journey Through The Islamic World an exhibition organised by The Barakat Trust and Asia House receives coverage in Arab News in an article entitled "Images of Syria's Destroyed Heritage Feature in London Exhibition That 'Journeys' through the Islamic World". You can read the article here.
Dr Micaela Sinibaldi, director of the archaeological excavations taking place in al-Baydha, Jordan, supported by The Barakat Trust is interviewed in Jordan Times. Read the article here. Image courtesy of Dr. Micaela Sinibaldi.
One of the first travelers in a century to walk through the Hejaz desert of Saudi Arabia, Paul Salopek encounters a fabled past of caravans and pilgrims, of empires come and gone. He encounters cultural preservationists including trustees of The Barakat Trust. More »
Arab News has consistently featured the growth and evolution of the Barakat Trust from its early years to the present day. More »