In the new 2020 Levantine Foundation Newsletter, CEO Elizabeth Sobczynski writes:-
After a number of years of acute fundraising difficulty due to political and social unrest in Egypt, the Foundation is delighted to announce two successful applications to the British Council under its Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) in partnership with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport. A total of £277,333 has been awarded and covers activity from 2019 to March 2021
Importantly, this acknowledges the value of written cultural heritage as well as architectural/monumental heritage. The Fund has broad objectives – not merely physical cultural heritage protection but also more widely to develop social cohesion through skills training, building local collection care capacity as well as developing awareness through outreach and education. We are pleased to report the following achievements by the end of December 2019. We hope that Covid 19 will allow this work to continue into 2021.
The full PDF Newsletter is available to download below
For the 2011 issue of The Levantine Foundation Newsletter please view the PDF .
It contains lots of interesting information about our work in Egypt including the conservation of the earliest surviving codex ,
– 5th century Four Gospels in Syriac, as well as the
– 13th century Four Gospels in Coptic
– 11th century Coptic MS.
– The Gospel of St. John.
Conservation of these unique codices required an exceptionally considered approach, expertise, skill and funds. The work was carried out over several field campaigns with the participation of an international team of conservators under the supervision of Elizabeth Sobczynski.
The other great success was the 1st Training Programme on Museology & Conservation which took place in Cairo in 2010. The first ever training for museum professionals on such a big scale included lectures and practical workshops on art history, illuminated manuscripts, codicology, museology and conservation. A full report is in the Newsletter.
The progress on the new library including artist’s impression is also for viewing in this issue. Finally, in our ‘Features’ section, you will find a very interesting piece ‘Portrait of a Patron: John Julius Norwich, whose name has been recently added to the list of our distinguished patrons; a fascinating article on ‘Links between Egypt and Britain in 7th century, by Dr. Michelle Brown who joined us as Academic Adviser and a compelling account of the training programme by Mother Antonia from St. Demiana Monastery in Egypt. In the September 2009 issue you can read about progress on the new library, the conservation training pilot project at the Coptic Museum and conservation campaigns at the Deir al-Surian.
In the ‘Features’section, you will find an article on ‘Early Monasticism in Egypt: The World of the Sons of St. Anthony’ by Lukas Amadeus Schachner and ‘From Waste to Wealth’ by Lucas Van Rompay, about the recent discovery at the Deir al Surian library. And finally, an enchanting article on conservation training, collaboration with other monasteries in Egypt and more, by Mother Antonia from St. Demiana, Mother Antonia from St. Demiana, Barrary in Egypt.
In the September 2007 issue you can read about the reception at the British embassy in Cairo, about the announcement of the new library and Sebastian Brock talking about the 10th century Poll tax in Egypt! In the September 2006 newsletter you can read about Lucas van Rompay’s and Sebastian Brock’s first impressions on seeing the manuscripts of the Deir al Surian.
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Stepping into the Future
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