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ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Sudan Archaeological Heritage Protection
The Nile Valley, which is partially located in Sudan, is home to an archaeological heritage that exemplifies rich architectural traditions, including pyramids, that shaped the region for more than 2,000 years. This project will target approximately seventy sites in this region, including The Island of Meroe, and Gebel Barkal and Sites of the Napatan Region, which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This initiative will include a topography study to define the boundaries of these archaeological sites and set up physical barriers where needed. A new storeroom will be built next to the National Museum of Antiquities, and awareness raising activities on the importance of cultural heritage protection will be conducted. The National Corporation of Antiquities and Museums (NCAM) will implement the project in collaboration with the French Archaeological Unit of Sudan Antiquities Service.
Sudan Memory: Conserving and Promoting Sudanese Cultural and Documentary Heritage
Sudan's rich and vast documentary heritage is held in collections around the country, capturing cultural practices and traditions, and documenting historical movements. The Sudan National Film Archive, for instance, is one of the largest of its kind in the continent. The collections from multiple institutions will be digitized, including the National Film Archive, the National Museum, the University of Khartoum in Sudan, and the National Archives in South Sudan. A digitization hub will be set up in Khartoum and personnel already involved in the project will be trained.
Western Sudan Community Museums
Three museums in Sudan--Darfur Museum in Nyala, Sheikan Museum in El Obeid, Khalifa House in Omdurman--hold important collections showing living heritage artifacts as well as archaeological objects. This project, now entering its second phase, will improve site security and conservation standards of the three museums. In addition, traditional shade shelters for daytime and outdoor displays of living heritage will be constructed. Training sessions are also planned for local staff to expand their skills in running labs and conservation techniques.