The main aim of the exhibition Our Culture Our Future is to increase awareness about cultural heritage and archaeological sites in Palestine, and draw attention to the damage and threats that some sites face, so that they can be better protected in the future.
The EAMENA Project and the Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage (DACH) 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 Palestine, their importance to our understanding of the development of human history and the diversity of Palestine’s rich cultural heritage. The final group identifies common threats, such as agricultural, urban expansion, and military activity which lead to many of Palestine’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 Palestinian 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 better 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 Jehad Yasin, Sufyan Dias, and other staff from the DACH involved in EAMENA’s training workshops from 2017–2019 for the provision of the text, images, and translations. Significant contributions also came from Bijan Rouhani and Azadeh Vafadari. Design and curatorial editing were completed by Amy Jane Barnes to whom we are very grateful.
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