Heritage from Home brings viewers behind the scenes to some of World Monuments Fund’s most iconic sites around the globe, guided by the experts who safeguard them for the future.
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Bunce Island, Sierra Leone
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Between the late 1600s and 1807, Bunce Island’s fortified British trading post and ancillary buildings served as an international center for the trade and transport of enslaved Africans. Taking viewers behind-the-scenes at the site and exploring its unique historical and social significance, Project Manager Isatu Smith will consider the question of how our built environment bears witness to the difficult truths of the past and the present.
Koutammakou, Benin and Togo
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Traditional Batammariba settlements are composed of clusters of earthen structures, known as sikien, that are both functional dwellings and vibrant expressions of cultural identity. This tour through the cultural landscape of Koutammakou will showcase the incredible traditional building knowledge of the Batammariba people and the unparalleled importance of ensuring its transmission from one generation to another.
Ishtar Gate, Iraq
Thursday, September 15, 2022
The ancient city of Babylon, once the capital of a vast, sophisticated empire, today represents one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Program Director Jeff Allen will lead viewers through the city to uncover the hidden secrets of the ancient world and go behind the scenes of one of its most iconic sites: the Ishtar Gate.
Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia
Friday, February 26, 2021
One of the most iconic and inspiring archaeological sites in the world, Angkor Archaeological Park is characterized by its stunning Hindu and Buddhist temple complexes, some still hidden under the overgrown vegetation of a creeping jungle. In an in-depth virtual tour, explore Angkor’s grandiose temples under the expert guidance of Dr. Ginevra Boatto, Representative for Southeast Asia, and dive deep into WMF’s three-decade long project there.
Mughal Gardens of Agra
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Wander along the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, India, and discover lush gardens surrounding graceful pavilions reminiscent of the legendary Taj Mahal. With an analysis of the surrounding urban context and an overview of the gardens’ potential for community development, Executive Director of WMF India Amita Baig will guide you through WMF’s five-year project to ensure the preservation of the Mughal Gardens of Agra goes hand in hand with a wider strategy for urban planning and social equity.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
This ancient observatory and its thirteen towers once allowed its inhabitants to determine the date with an accuracy of two or three days. Built over 2,300 years ago in the coastal desert of Peru, Chankillo is truly a wonder of the world. Under the guidance of WMF Peru Vice President Martha Zegarra and Chankillo Program Director Dr. Iván Ghezzi, listen to what Chankillo can tell us about life in ancient South America and learn about the challenges the site faces today.
Erbil Citadel, Iraq
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Over 6,000 years old, Erbil Citadel is considered one of the longest continuously inhabited sites on Earth. Near the site of Alexander the Great's famed victory in 331 BCE over Persian king Darius III, Erbil Citadel is an impressive architectural feat located on an archaeological tell rising around 98 ft (30 m) above the surrounding plains. Join WMF Regional Director Alessandra Peruzzetto as she introduces you to this ancient wonder and ongoing efforts to recover its economy and vibrant cultural life.
Castle Howard, Strawberry Hill and Stowe House, UK
Thursday, June 24, 2021
From the Georgian ducal palace of Stowe House and the baroque Castle Howard to the world’s first Gothic revival building, Strawberry Hill, this tour will take you in the footsteps of some of the United Kingdom's greatest architects, pioneer landscape designers, and intriguing personalities. Follow WMF Britain Executive Director John Darlington as you visit historic estates along the English countryside and discover WMF's projects there.
The Qianlong Garden, China
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Across its four courtyards and 27 pavilions and structures, the centuries-old Qianlong Garden boasts flawlessly preserved spaces and interiors straight from Imperial China. Join us for a virtual visit of the site’s extravagant decors, delving into the history and complexity of Qianlong Garden’s pavilions and outlining WMF’s nineteen-year effort to preserve them.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Make your way to the top of one of Granada’s most well-known hills, where the characteristic rich ornamentation of the Alhambra will take your breath away. The pride and jewel of Andalusia, the Alhambra is the most important surviving remnant of the period of Islamic rule in the Iberian Peninsula. Follow Pablo Longoria, Executive Director of WMF Spain, as he introduces you to WMF's work to address the unique conservation conundrums of this thirteenth-century palace and fortress.
La Garma, Spain
Thursday, October 28, 2021
The cave of La Garma hides an extraordinarily well-preserved collection of rock art and archaeological remains which serves as evidence of human activity spanning over 300,000 years. Plunge into the depths of the earth in Cantabria to explore the cave's unique ecosystem with Pablo Longoria, Executive Director of WMF Spain, and learn about how La Garma is challenging conservators to find innovative ways to preserve its remarkable archaeological wealth.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Babylon, once the capital of a vast empire, is today one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. After thousands of years, Babylon's remains continue to yield insight into Babylonia's complex past. Join WMF Regional Director Jeff Allen on a virtual journey to uncover the secrets of the ancient world. With a visit to the elegant Ishtar Gate and the popular Lion of Babylon, discover the threats to Babylon’s heritage and learn about WMF’s 12-year project to address them.
Traditional Houses of Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Home to an isolated part of the Jewish Diaspora for over two millennia, the Uzbek city of Bukhara is characterized by its traditional houses embellished with exceptional woodworking developed by Bukharian Jews over centuries. With a focus on the historical and cultural significance of Bukhara’s old Jewish mahallah, or neighborhood, this tour will introduce the beautiful aesthetic of these buildings and some of the challenges that threaten their continued existence.