British Council supporting programme to teach restoration skills in Kenya following Notre Dame fire

Samburu Railway Station reconstruction
3D reconstruction of Samburu Railway Station in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/AfricaDHeritage

Monday’s fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has reinforced the importance of preserving and conserving national sites and monuments as well as providing in restoration methods in case of any disaster.

To address this issue, African Digital Heritage have announced that they are planning to work with the Museums of Kenya, National Libraries, National Archives, and any other interested parties working within the sector of defining Kenya’s cultural identity.

This has been made possible through partnering with the British Council Kenya as part of their Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth Programme.

Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth is a two-year pilot programme which was launched last year.

It seeks to pioneer ways of creating inclusive and sustainable growth, which benefits all levels of society, through the sharing and preservation of local cultural heritage.  

‘Cultural heritage’ is defined as any type of cultural object or activity that is connected to an individual’s history and identity which could be anything from the built environment to cultural traditions such as music and language.

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Utilising cultural heritage as a tool to create inclusive growth is a new concept which was put forward in a British Council produced report to share findings from a recent sector consultation and international research. The report suggests that when people or communities are given the opportunity to engage with, learn from and promote their own cultural heritage, it can contribute to social and economic development.

African Digital Heritage have said they will be announcing classes and workshops soon.

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