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Jeff Allen Presents The Future of Babylon Project

UCLQatarBabylonAs part of UCL Qatar’s lecture series, the university is presenting a lecture by Jeff Allen on The Future of Babylon Project

About The Future of Babylon Project

The Future of Babylon Project is a collaborative and values-based initiative between the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, World Monuments Fund and a variety of stakeholders in Babylon, Iraq. The project’s goal is to produce a site management plan for Babylon as a cultural landscape and archaeological city that the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage can efficiently implement and maintain. The plan will serve to direct, guide and regulate future interventions as well as provide sustainable strategies addressing such topics as conservation management, tourism and risk preparedness. In addition, the information contained in the site management plan and experiences in conservation will form the basis of an application for Babylon’s nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

About Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen is based in Cairo, Egypt. His early career experiences in communications and information design merged with extensive travel, primarily to Asia, the Middle East and Africa to cultivate an interest in cultural tourism and preservation specialisation. Jeff has practiced town planning, design, social development, cultural tourism and site management plan project implementation processes in traditional communities; the majority of that work in Egypt, Syria, and Pakistan for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Specialties include analysis and implementation strategies, comprehensive action plans for building value in cultural assets towards responsible tourism development, on-site community surveys of the social and physical dynamics of traditional neighbourhoods, and experience in transforming development policies into on-the-ground solutions. Since 2009, he has worked with Community Consortium, a consultancy for the World Monuments Fund, in the creation and production of a values-based management plan and conservation initiatives for the archaeological site of Babylon, Iraq.

About UCL Qatar

University College London, in partnership with Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums Authority, has created UCL Qatar, a world-class centre for the study of cultural heritage. UCL Qatar offers postgraduate and research opportunities in archaeology, conservation and museum studies, and aims to nurture a new generation of cultural heritage professionals in the region.

Date: Wednesday 27 February 2013
Time: 6:30 pm – 7.30 pm
Location: Auditorium, Georgetown University in Qatar Building, Education City

For more information, visit UCL Qatar’s website!

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