WMF Journal


February 27, 2014

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Battir: Relic from the Past, Signpost for the Future

Posted by Gilat Bartana, Friends of the Earth Middle East
World Monuments Fund

For a teenager in Jerusalem in the early 1980s, Battir was an inspiring short hike away to the outskirts of the dormant city. I recall following shepherds leading their herds between the neighborhoods through the open wadis, treading history alongside them.

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February 25, 2014

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Angkor and Preah Vihear: Tale of Two Khmer Cities

Posted by Norma Barbacci, Program Director for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
World Monuments Fund
Clockwise from top left, Inca-like masonry wall, Buddhist monk and soldier, soldier with Kalashnikov, and sign at Preah Vihear

I arrived in Cambodia in the middle of the Chinese New Year’s celebrations, and although Cambodians celebrate the new year in April, Siem Riep at the end of January was teeming with tourists and red envelopes hanging from trees. The traffic jam along the entry road to Angkor Thom would have made the George Washington Bridge approach during Christie’s “traffic Study” pale in comparison.

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February 20, 2014

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Remembrance of a Storied Past

Posted by Claire Leow, Editor, All Things Bukit Brown
World Monuments Fund
Photo ©James Tan

Bukit Brown, a former municipal cemetery from 1922 to 1973, is most often known as a cemetery for Chinese pioneers of Singapore. Here are stories of educators, philanthropists, community leaders, and champions of women's rights. Fortunes were made and lost, sometimes remade, through sheer hard work, serendipity, or, sometimes, less-than-savory business practices of the day.

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February 11, 2014

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Hidden Heritage: Britain’s Best Beneath Concrete

Posted by Claire Price, Listed Buildings Caseworker for England, Council for British Archaeology
Deptford Dockyard
Excavated slipway at Deptford Dockyard with the Olympia building in background, ©Deptfordis.org.uk

It takes a little imagination to visualise the heritage of Deptford dockyard and Sayes Court garden beneath the mud and concrete surface. But it’s there. Physically, there are extensive and significant archaeological remains underground that map out the former dockyard.

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February 5, 2014

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Bidar Utsav 2014

Posted by Rishikesh Bahadur Desai, Special Correspondent, The Hindu
World Monuments Fund

Bidar Utsav, the festival to honor the historic city, was celebrated with joy from February 1 to 3, and the numbers related to the festival were impressive.

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