Cultural Heritage Fellowship 2012-13

Object handling during CHF 12

In September 2012 UCL hosted the first Cultural Heritage Fellowship in collaboration with the British Council and Heritage Without Borders. Applicants were accepted from: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestinian Territories and Syria.


This Fellowship focused on developing and sharing experiences with developing Community Engagement in museums across the Middle East and North African area. The Fellowship was split into 3 phases:

1) The London week - Our Fellows attended seminars and hands-on workshops over the course of a week at UCL. A variety of topics were covered including controversial exhibitions, handling boxes and social media strategy. We took advantage of the variety of cultural institutions available locally so traveled across London for onsite visits and talks with professional experts who gave their personal insights and opinions on Community Engagement methods.

CHF 2012 2

2) Mentoring - Each Fellow was paired with a mentor by Heritage Without Borders. The Fellows visited their mentor in their institutions across the UK, the museums involved were: Tyne and Wear, Glasgow Museums, Bristol Museums and Archives, and National Museums Liverpool. When the Fellows returned to their home institutions the mentors visited them throughout the course of the year to help develop and produce a Community Engagement Project.

3) In September 2013 the fellows and mentors returned to London to present their final projects and graduate from the programme at a celebratory reception.

"I learnt that the museum is not only a place to exhibit objects, but also to create community engagement projects" (CHF Fellow 2012/13)

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For further information on our Fellows' projects and the course details read our Fellowship report

The Cultural Heritage Fellows 2012/13

We have several blog posts profiling our 2012/13 Fellows

Carla Mardini (Lebanon) and Tamara Mushasha (Palestine) Blog 1

Mohammad Shaqdih (Jordan) and Nada Sheikh-Yasin (Jordan) Blog 2

Mohamed Mokhtar (Egypt) and Sayed Fadal (Egypt) Blog 3

Ramdane Kamal (Algeria) and Sonia Slim (Tunisia) Blog 4