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British Council awards £817,221 to Professor Marilyn Deegan's Sudanese conservation project

Professor Marilyn Deegan's Conserving Sudanese cultural heritage project has been awarded £817,221 of funding by the British Council.

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Professor Marilyn Deegan's Conserving Sudanese cultural heritage project has been awarded £817,221 of funding by the British Council. The two-year project aims to help conserve and digitise a range of written and photographic material from Sudanese archives.

Sudan has a rich cultural heritage with 19 major ethnic groups and more than 100 languages and dialects. Much of this cultural heritage and practices which have traditionally been archived are now disappearing. Professor Deegan's project aims to capture more than 100,000 maps and more than 10 million fragile photographs and AV materials documenting these disappearing cultures and customs. A professional cataloguing and digitisation service will also be set up in Khartoum and staff from local institutions will be trained in digitisation and conservation techniques as a part of the project.

King’s College London will partner with University of Liverpool (Centre for Archive Studies), Sudanese Association for Archiving Knowledge (SUDAAK), National Record Office of Sudan and Africa City of Technology (ACT) during the project.

For more details visit https://www.britishcouncil.org/arts/culture-development/cultural-protection-fund/projects/sudan-library

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Marilyn Deegan

Marilyn Deegan

Professor of Digital Humanities and Honorary Research Fellow