We were founded as a UK charity in 1987
by Hamida and Tarik Alireza, and Shahnaz Bagherzade, who were struck by the inadequate initiatives to preserve the heritage of the Islamic world, and the limited professional expertise in countries where that heritage was to be found.
We were set up to nurture new generations of heritage professionals and support established scholars and conservators committed to preserving the heritage of the Islamic world. Many of our grantees are today leading practitioners and academics in the field.
Global in Reach
We have successfully supported more than 700 projects across 40 countries.
About Barakat Culture CIC
Barakat Culture CIC is a UK registered social enterprise set up by The Barakat Trust
Engage audiences with the heritage of the Islamic world in exciting ways
Support entities passionate about heritage preservation by providing specialist heritage consultancy services
Share our global specialist network to enable better preservation
Channel all profits generated to The Barakat Trust’s annual grants programme
Together we transform your vision into achievable plans
We can help you:
Develop project vision and framework
Capture stakeholders’ voices, aims and aspirations
Understand audience needs to assist in programme development
Identify achievable goals that meet audience needs
We create sustainable organisational plans that engage stakeholders and achieve your heritage related goals.
We can help you:
Prepare comprehensive business plans reflecting your values and aims
Cultural mapping to identify relevant global best practice
Design detailed organisational structures and job descriptions
Build the capacity of your heritage and cultural experience team
Focus on financial sustainability through financial modelling
Develop relationships with relevant external partners
Research and Conservation
We undertake research and analysis to reveal the stories of past peoples, places and objects, and bring together the best skills to conserve material culture
We can help you with:
Assessment of collections, buildings and urban landscapes
Identify suitable specialists for research and conservation
Develop curatorial narratives
Documentation and conservation of artefacts and buildings
Curatorial planning to put management and engagement plans in place
We design cultural experiences by creating engaging content from well – researched stories.
We can help:
Assess historic buildings or collections to determine effective interventions
Assess heritage projects submitted for funding
Assess projects being considered for awards
Headhunt candidates and partners in the cultural sector
Provide advice on how to develop a heritage project/funding proposal
Design specialised cultural immersion itineraries for trips
We provide specialised advisory services, from assessing project funding and awards, to headhunting professionals for heritage roles
We can help you with:
Innovative interpretation using digital and traditional means
Exhibition development and curation
Developing cultural, educational and heritage events and activities
Developing target audience profiles, interest and motivators
Working with local communities to develop heritage programmes
Providing tailor made educational programmes for young audiences
Promotion of heritage and culture subjects to diverse audiences
Find out more how we can assist you with our consultancy services
Consultancy Services Case Study 1 Integrated cultural heritage strategy for a historic battle site, Medina, Saudi Arabia We developed an integrated cultural heritage strategy sensitive to community needs, conservation issues, tourism opportunities and cultural values making the best use of immersive cutting-edge technology to bring the site to life.
Consultancy Services Case Study 2 Arts in Isolation: Global Engagement with Islamic Art In 2020 we partnered with Asia House and brought together leading specialists in the field to share their knowledge with international audiences in an internationally acclaimed podcast series “Arts in Isolation”, sharing the heritage and culture of the Islamic world.
Consultancy Services Case Study 3 Architectural and urban appraisals of historic cities in the Gulf In 2019, we delivered historic urban environment appraisals for historic environments prior to intervention in Tarout, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia (For Barker Langham) and evaluated the effectiveness of a 15 year rehabilitation scheme in Muharraq, Bahrain (for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture).
Our People and Partnerships
Bring extensive knowledge, skills and expertise to all our projects
Seif El RashidiHeritage & Public Engagement Specialist
20 years of expertise revitalising historic cities in the Islamic world, Seif was also formerly the coordinator of Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK. He has been a technical reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s heritage projects and on the World Monuments Fund Project Selection Committee.
Rabya AlfadlStrategic Development & Marketing Specialist
15 years in international strategic development and marketing consulting for private, public and non-profit organisations including the Ministry of Labour, General Sports Authority, Al-Nahda Philanthropic Society for Women, King Khaled Foundation and currently for The Royal Commission for AlUla.
Mick Denton, MBAGovernance & Business Development Specialist
35 years of experience in the public and voluntary sector, supporting a wide range of organisations to achieve future sustainability. Specialist consultant on strategic development of social enterprises, focusing on engagement, facilitation, strategic planning and change and transformation management.
The Barakat Trust Network
We have one of the largest global networks in the fields of Islamic art, architecture, archaeology, conservation and museum sciences, drawn from past and present grantees and collaborators.
Dr Navina Haidar
Curator of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Prof. Nasser Rabbat
Aga Khan Professor, MIT, USA
Deputy Chairman, Donald Insall Associates, London, United Kingdom
Dr Nicholas Warner
Conservation Architect, Egypt and Afghanistan
Dr Sami De Giosa
Specialist on The Hajj, Curator, Shaikh Abdulllah al-Salem Centre, Kuwait
Dr Salma Damluji
Conservation architect & scholar, Lebanon & Yemen
Dr Sussan Babaie
Reader in Islamic Art, The Courtauld Institute, London, United Kingdom
Dr Rebecca Foote
Head of Heritage and Archaeology, Royal Commission of AlUla, Saudi Arabia
Some of the Trustees of The Barakat Trust
Our trustees are specialists in the heritage, history, culture, arts and design of Saudi Arabia and the region
An internationally respected figure in the field of Islamic cultural heritage. She has an enviable knowledge of Hijazi heritage. She is also a co-founder
of Mansoojat, a UK charity with the most important private collection of Hijazi costumes. Hamida regularly organises cultural awareness activities about Saudi heritage, including trips, talks, exhibitions and other events.
A Jeddah-based architect, he is an authority of Hijazi architecture, a leading postal historian and has amassed an unparalleled collection of historic images of the Middle East,. He has curated numerous photographic exhibitions about various aspects of architectural and cultural heritage internationally
A founding member of the Saudi Art Council (SAC) and heads the Education
Committee developing SAC’s public programme, She also sits on the Middle East acquisitions committees of the British Museum , the Centre Pompidou and other international organisations involved in art collection and curation
An entrepreneur and self-taught fashion designer who established Jasmine
Box, a multi brand boutique in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She uses her business management experience to support the Trust through engagement and membership development and organizing cultural events.