The Modern Heritage Observatory (MoHO) is a network of institutions and individuals from the Middle East and North Africa founded in 2012, working for the preservation of the region’s modern cultural heritage. We focus on photography, music, architecture and film.

 

FEATURED RESOURCE

Casamémoire: Le Mag

Créée en 1995, Casamémoire est une association marocaine à but non lucratif de sauvegarde du patrimoine architectural du XXe siècle au Maroc. Elle a vu le jour suite à la démolition de la villa Mokri de l’architecte Marius Boyer. Elle regroupe des membres réunis autour de valeurs communes : préservation de la spécificité de Casablanca, valorisation du patrimoine architectural, du tourisme culturel et de la mémoire collective.

FEATURED VIDEO

Modern Heritage Observatory 2nd Regional Symposium

On the 1 November 2013, the Modern Heritage Observatory (MoHO) held its second regional meeting at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

DIRECTORY

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Archive

A Film Archive

Arabic, Cinema

A DIY crowd-sourced database to translate titles of 850 Russian and Arabic film reels found in Jordan.

National Body

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage

Cultural heritage

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is the institution in charge of conserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi.

Cultural Organization

Aflam: Diffusion des Cinemas Arabes

Cinema

Aflam est une association née en 2000 de l’intérêt commun de Marseillaises et de Marseillais pour les cultures arabes à travers l’image et le cinéma.

Institute

Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Architecture

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture.

Regional Body

Agence Urbaine de Casablanca

Architecture, Morocco

The "agences urbaines" are the technical body of the municipality of great cities in charge of urban planning and construction regulations. Some of them have also developed activities regarding the protection of built heritage.

Regional Body

Agence Urbaine de Meknes

Architecture, Morocco

The "agences urbaines" are the technical body of the municipality of great cities in charge of urban planning and construction regulations. Some of them have also developed activities regarding the protection of built heritage.

Archive

akaKurdistan

Archives, Kurdistan

A place for collective memory and cultural exchange about Kurdistan.

Cultural Organization

Al Kamandjati

Music, Palestine

Al Kamandjâti Association aims to support the education and schooling of Palestinian children by making music more accessible to them, especially those living in refugee camps and villages throughout Palestine and Lebanon.

Institute

Al Turath

Photography, Conservation

Association for the documentation and archiving of historic photographs (KSA).

Aleppo Art

Literature, Photography, Syria, Theatre

Aleppo Art is a non-profit organisation whose founders are Hussein I. El-Mudarris (historian specialized in the Ottoman period, photographer as well as art and old documents collector) and Olivier Salmon (Dr. in French Literature). The Aleppo Art website is a guide to the heritage of Aleppo and Syria. The organisation promotes this heritage through exhibitions, publications and theater.

Institute

Alexandria and Mediterannean Research Center

Conservation, Cultural heritage, Egypt, Research

The Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med) documents and researches the tangible and intangible heritage of Alexandria and the Mediterranean, whilst aiming to promote dialogue and exchange in the region. It seeks both to preserve the past and to promote the future development of the city of Alexandria.

Project

AlexCinema

Egypt, Cinema

Alexandria played a pioneering role in the establishment of the Egyptian cinema industry. Its early cinematographers were amateurs who experimented with this new form of art, and who were scriptwriters, directors of photography, actors and producers all in one. The first studios and films were Alexandrian, and Alexandrian by definition was a mixture of foreigners resident in Alexandria and Egyptians. As the art and the industry flourished, cinema makers gradually moved to Cairo where there was a larger audience, and where the newly created Studio Misr provided sophisticated equipment. Now, a hundred years later, AlexCinema explores the history of the birth of the seventh art in Alexandria, and the attempt to revive the art of film making in the city of its birth.

Archive

AMAR Foundation for Arab Music Archiving & Research

Arabic, Music, Archives

AMAR is a Lebanese foundation committed to the preservation and dissemination of traditional Arab music. AMAR owns 7,000 records, principally from the “Nahda” era (1903 – 1930s), as well as around 6,000 hours of recordings on reel. To safeguard this rare collection, AMAR has acquired a state-of-the-art studio specifically dedicated to the digitization and conservation of this music. In early 2010, AMAR built a multi-purpose hall that hosts up to eighty people.

Institute

American Institute for Conservation (AIC)

Conservation, Visual art

As the only national membership organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation of cultural material, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.

Archive

American University in Cairo (RSBCL Library)

Digital, Egypt, Libraries

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL) is one of the libraries of the American University in Cairo. Its mission is to support research related to Egypt and the Middle East with particular emphasis on Egyptology, Islamic Art and Architecture, travel literature and modern Egyptian art.

Archive

American University of Beirut's Archives and Special Collections

Lebanon, Archives

The Archives and Special Collections (ASC) Department is the principal repository for AUB’s primary source collections related to the history of the University, Lebanon and the region. ASC’s mission is to identify, select, acquire, collect, organize, describe, catalog and list, conserve, preserve and provide access to primary source materials of enduring scholarly and historical value, which document the history of the University and reflect its origins, development, and the activities and achievements of its Faculty, students, alumni officers and employees, and the socioeconomic, political, and cultural history of Lebanon, Arab countries and the region at large

Blog

aMush

Architecture, Morocco

A blog focusing on contemporary architecture in Morocco, also including an online community for professionals.

Archive

Annahar Archives

Lebanon, Archives, Newspaper

The Archives of Annahar newspaper, Lebanon.

Cultural Organization

APSAD

Architecture, Lebanon

Association for the Protection and Safeguard of Natural Sites and Old Houses - Lebanon.

Institute

Arab Center for Architecture

Architecture, Archives

Founded in 2008 in Beirut, the Arab Centre for Architecture (ACA) is a non-profit institution. Its aim is to raise awareness about architecture and urbanism within civil society and to provide a platform for debates about architecture and cities.

Cultural Organization

Arab Education Forum

Education

The mission of AEF is to contribute to an Arab cultural regeneration project that springs out of the inherent knowledge and experiences within the Arab societies.

Cultural Organization

Arab Image Foundation

Photography, Conservation, Archives, Visual art

The Arab Image Foundation (AIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of photography and other visual material from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab Diaspora. Their online database includes 20,000 images. 

Institute

Arab Urban Development Institute

Architecture

Part of the Arab Cities Organisation specialized in research, training and consulting in urban planning issues.

Cultural Organization

ARCH

Conservation, Cultural heritage

ARCH is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural heritage.

Project

Arches: Heritage Inventory & Management System

Digital, Conservation, Archives, Cultural heritage

Arches is an open-source, web-based, geospatial information system for cultural heritage inventory and management. Purpose-built for the international cultural heritage field, Arches is designed to record all types of immovable heritage, including archaeological sites, buildings and other historic structures, landscapes, and heritage ensembles or districts.

Magazine

ARCHI-MAG

Architecture

Online architecture magazine for the Middle East.

News / portal

Archileb

Architecture

Lebanese portal for architecture.

News / portal

Archimedori

Architecture, Mediterranean

Le carnet d’édition « Archimedori, Architectes européens en Méditerranée orientale » a pour vocation de recueillir de nouvelles connaissances (archives, photographies, travaux…) sur les architectes européens actifs en Méditerranée orientale aux XIXe et XXe siècles.

News / portal

Archiscene

Architecture

International architecture online portal.

Magazine

Architecure Lab

Architecture

Online international magazine for architecture.

Forum

Architous

Architecture, Algeria

Forum on architecture and heritage - Algeria.

Archive

Archiwebture

Architecture

An online database of the archives of Paris Cité de l'Architecture. Many informations available on french architects in the Arab World.

News / portal

Archnet

Architecture

International online community for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, conservationists, and scholars, with a focus on Muslim cultures and civilisations.

Archive

ArchNet Digital Library

Architecture

Within the ArchNet Digital Library, members have full access to an extensive range of information on cities, sites, and buildings. Downloadable online resources include images, publications, and other types of media files such as CAD, video, and PowerPoint.

Cultural Organization

Art Factories

Visual art

Resource platform for artistic creativity stemming from citizen initiatives.

Cultural Organization

ArteEast

Visual art

Arts and cultures of the Middle East and its diasporas.

Cultural Organization

Artemed

Visual art

Association pour le développement des échanges culturels, dans les arts visuels et autres, en particulier avec les pays méditerranéens.

Cultural Organization

Arts Collaboratory

Visual art

Arts Collaboratory supports visual art initiatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It provides funding, facilitates knowledge sharing, and promotes networking and artistic exchange.

Cultural Organization

ASM Tunis

Architecture, Tunisia

Association pour la Sauvegarde de la Medina de Tunis.

Cultural Organization

Association 19-20

Conservation, Cultural heritage, Tunisia

L’Association Patrimoine 19/20 a pour but de protéger et promouvoir le patrimoine architectural et urbain tunisien récent (19e et 20e siècles).

Educational Organization

Association Confluences Musicales

Music, Morocco

Pour résister aux effets uniformisants de la mondialisation dans le domaine artistique et pour maintenir la diversité qui fait la richesse de notre patrimoine culturel, l'association "Confluences musicales" veut poser les jalons d'une éducation musicale qui s'appuie à la fois sur la transmission orale qui a porté la tradition jusqu'à aujourd'hui, sur l'écrit et les enregistrements qui nous permettent de la sauvegarder et sur l'apport des outils contemporains comme l'informatique qui nous ouvrent de nouveaux horizons, notamment dans le domaine pédagogique.

Cultural Organization

Association for the Protection of the Lebanese Heritage

Architecture, Lebanon, Cultural heritage

Working to protect Lebanese heritage through mobilising support and funding for conservation projects.

Cultural Organization

Association Tunisienne d'Action pour le Cinéma

Tunisia, Cinema

Association Tunisienne d'Action pour le Cinéma (A.T.A.C.) se veut une défense du Cinéma : un cinéma libre, libérateur de la pensée et de l’imagination, un cinéma moderne dans ses formes et ses propos. A.T.A.C. n’aura pas de visée corporatiste. L’association sera ouverte à tous les citoyens ayant foi dans le cinéma et désireux d’œuvrer à la réussite de ses réflexions et actions.

Museum

Atelier of Alexandria

Visual art, Egypt

The Atelier of Alexandria is one of the most vital and active resources for contemporary culture and art in Egypt. The Atelier is active in all of the modern movements in art and culture.

Magazine

AV Insider

Digital, Conservation, Audiovisual

AV Insider is a new magazine for the audiovisual digital preservation community, introducing you first hand to the faces doing the crucial work for AV digital preservation. The magazine also features the latest news from within the domain and offers articles related to policy issues and challenges, the educational landscape, funding and budgeting, long-term storage, and research and development. 

Museum

B’chira Art Center

Visual art, Tunisia

B’chira Art Center is a space for contemporary independent art, situated just outside Tunis, Tunisia.

Project

Baladilab

Architecture, Egypt

Baladilab is a team of architects based in Cairo initiating projects to discover and activate hidden potentialities of Egyptian cities.

Museum

Barjeel Art Foundation

Visual art, United Arab Emirates

Barjeel Art Foundation is an independent, United Arab Emirates-based initiative established to manage, preserve and exhibit the personal art collection of Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi. The foundation’s guiding principle is to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent, publicly accessible art collection in the UAE.

Cultural Organization

Beirut Film Foundation

Lebanon, Cinema

News on the Beirut International Film Festival.

Blog

Beirut Public Space

Architecture, Lebanon, Beirut

Blurbs, snapshots, and commentary on public space in Beirut and Lebanon.

Project

Beit Beirut

Architecture, Lebanon, Beirut

Located on the former “green line”, and used as a sniper base during the war years, the Yellow House was threatened with demolition in 1997 and was saved due to the efforts of the civil society and heritage preservation activists. The Municipality of Beirut expropriated this iconic building to be turned into a living cultural center, dedicated to the memory and the history of the city, with technical support from the Municipality of Paris. Beit Beirut will enable its visitors to learn more about the city through a history museum, a media library, an urban observatory, artistic and cultural exhibitions, lectures and screenings.

Archive

Beit el Bennani

Photography, Archives, Tunisia

Private photographic collection from Tunisia.

Cultural Organization

Bel Horizon

Algeria, Cultural heritage

La sauvegarde et la réhabilitation du patrimoine historique oranais.

Educational Institution

Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc,

Literature, Morocco, Archives, Libraries

La Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc a pour missions de collecter, traiter, conserver et diffuser le patrimoine documentaire national ainsi que les collections documentaires étrangères représentatives des connaissances de l’humanité; de promouvoir et de faciliter l’accès à ses collections documentaires et à l’information bibliographique; d’assurer un rôle de coordination et de coopération au sein du réseau national des bibliothèques et de participer à l’activité scientifique nationale et internationale et d’élaborer des programmes de recherche en relation avec ses missions et avec le patrimoine documentaire dont elle a la charge.

Archive

Bibliothèque Orientale de l'Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth

Photography, Lebanon

La Bibliothèque Orientale de l'Université Saint-Joseph contient presque 70,000 photographies datant du milieu du XIXème siècle. L’archive a été constituée par les différentes générations de prêtres jésuites qui ont accumulé au cours de leurs missions et recherches personnelles, une collection particulièrement riche en photos archéologiques, ethnographiques et historiques.

Educational Institution

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Archives, Egypt, Libraries

The new Bibliotheca Alexandrina is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Magazine

Bidoun

Visual art

Magazine on art from the Middle East.

Cultural Organization

Biladi

Lebanon, Conservation, Cultural heritage

BILADI is an N.G.O dedicated to promoting cultural and natural heritage to young people in Lebanon.

Website

Cairo Urban Initiatives Platform (CUIP)

Architecture, Visual art, Design, Egypt

The Cairo Urban Initiatives Platform (CUIP) includes the multiple architecture, art, advocacy, urban development, and interdisciplinary initiatives addressing issues related to the city, the urban environment and public space in Cairo.

Cultural Organization

Casamémoire

Architecture, Morocco

Association for the protection of modern architecture in Morocco and particularily in Casablanca.

Institute

Centre cinématographique marocain

Morocco, Archives, Cinema

Le Centre Cinématographique Marocain a pour rôle principal l’organisation et la promotion de l’industrie cinématographique au Maroc. Il veille à l’application de la législation et de la réglementation des métiers du secteur. Il a aussi pour mission de conserver le patrimoine cinématographique national et international.

Website

Centre de Documentation Nationale

Photography, Archives, Tunisia, Newspaper

Le Centre de Documentation Nationale de Tunisie collecte, traite, et diffuse toute documentation (journaux, périodiques, photographies, bulletins officiels) se rapportant à l’actualité tunisienne et étrangère.

Institute

Centre de recherche sur la conservation des collections

Conservation, Research

Centre for research on the conservation of collections.

National Body

Centre des Musiques Arabes et Méditerranéennes

Arabic, Music, Cultural heritage, Mediterranean

Sous tutelle du Ministère de la Culture et de la Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Tunisien, avec sa double dimension arabe et méditerranéenne, le CMAM est conçu comme un espace muséal et d'animation consacré au patrimoine musical.

Museum

Centre du Patrimoine Armenien

Cultural heritage, Armenia

Museum for Armenian cultural heritage, France.

Archive

Centre for Research and Studies CRSK

Photography, Archives, Kuwait

Includes old photographs from Kuwait.

Online radio

Chaabi Dialna

Music, Algeria

Site dedicated to contemporary Algerian music.

Institute

CICRP

Conservation, Cultural heritage, Research

Centre interdisciplinaire de conservation et restauration du patrimoine.

Institute

Cimatheque

Egypt, Cinema

Cimatheque is an alternative film centre in Downtown Cairo dedicated to celebrating the diversity, beauty and power of film from the region and beyond. Born from the experience of working within the sector at an exceptional moment in Egypt’s history, it is a space built for filmmakers and film-lovers alike, as a place for watching films and discussing them, for learning about cinema and creating it, that believes in the importance of preserving film heritage and looks to the future through supporting alternative film culture.

Institute

Cinémathèque algérienne

Archives, Algeria, Cinema

La cinémathèque algérienne collecte, rassemble, conserve et protège les films algériens (10.000 longs métrages et 5.000 courts métrages constituent son fonds de films). La Cinémathèque conserve également des collections de photographies et d'affiches.

Cultural Organization

Cinemathèque de Tanger

Morocco, Archives, Cinema

The Cinémathèque’s mission is to put Tangier back on the map, with a diverse program of cinema, art, education and creative thinking. Today the CdT is playing a key role in Tangier’s renewal.   The Cinémathèque is also building an ambitious film collection, focused on short films, documentaries, experimental films and artist videos, and colonial and post-colonial archives from North Africa and the Middle East.

Project

CLUSTER

Architecture, Egypt, Research

CLUSTER — Cairo Laboratory for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research aims at establishing a critical space for urban discourse. CLUSTER engages critical theorization while being grounded in professional practice, negotiating the blurred boundaries between formal/institutional regulations and everyday urban informality.

Blog

Collections Care and Conservation Alliance

Conservation

The Collections Care and Conservation Alliance is a group of conservators providing information, workshops, and advice for collecting institutions & individuals.

Magazine

Colors

Photography

Photography, visual art, graphic magazine.

Online directory

Connecting to Collections

Archives

Set up to help smaller museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies quickly locate reliable preservation resources.

Cultural Organization

Contemporary Image Collective

Visual art, Egypt

CIC’s mission spans contemporary art and media educational programming that responds to and develops visual culture and artistic practice, engagement, and discourse.

Institute

CSAAR

Architecture, Jordan

Centre for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region - Jordan.

Institute

CSBE

Architecture, Jordan

Centre for Study of Built Environment - Protection and promotion of quality of the built environment in Jordan and beyond.

Website

CULTNAT - Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage of Egypt

Architecture, Archives, Egypt

CULTNAT’s Architectural Heritage of Egypt project is to document the nineteenth and twentieth century architectural heritage of Egypt, starting with the Downtown area of Cairo as a pilot project and continuing with more parts of Cairo and other cities.

Archive

Dar Al-Hayat Information Center

Archives, Cultural heritage

The center’s main tasks include serving Daralhayat editorial in the 3 major geographic sites (London- Beirut and Riyadh); compiling and archiving Daralhayat publications in their different publishing formats; preserving and ensuring long term preservation for prints and digital assets; maintaining standards for best practice and documentation policies, and last but not least ensuring accessibility to the general public.

Museum

Darat al Funun

Visual art, Jordan

Art centre providing a platform for visual arts from the Arab world in Amman, Jordan.

Educational Organization

Darat Al Tasweer

Photography, Jordan

A ppecialized center for photography, its aim is to stimulate, inspire and introduce the art and craft of photography and its new technologies to both amateurs and professional photographers in Jordan. 

Cultural Organization

Darb 1718

Visual art, Egypt

Darb 1718, Egyptian Contemporary Art and Culture Center, seeks to encourage experimentation by supporting new works by emerging artists, with particular attention to artistic merit, diversity of media and aesthetic traditions, and originality of cultural influences. 

Magazine

De Zeen

Architecture

International architecture online portal.

Magazine

Design Maroc

Morocco, Design

A magazine on design in Morocco and internationally.

News / portal

Digital Meets Culture

Culture, Digital

A portal for gathering information about the digital culture in the world, taking into account the different approaches that science, cultural heritage and arts have to the digital age.

National Body

Direction de la Conservation et de la Restauration du Patrimoine Culturel

Conservation, Algeria, Cultural heritage

Directorate for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Algeria.

Cultural Organization

Docomomo

Architecture

Non-profit organization devoted to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the modern movement.

Docudays

Lebanon, Cinema

Beirut International Documentary Film Festival.

Institute

Doha Film Institute

Qatar, Cinema

DFI is dedicated to film appreciation, education, and building a dynamic film industry in Qatar that focuses on nurturing regional storytellers while being entirely global in its scope.

Archive

E-Corpus

Digital, Archives, Mediterranean

E-corpus is a collective digital library that catalogs and disseminates numerous documents: manuscripts, archives, books, journals, prints, audio recordings, video, etc. This diverse platform presents cultural diversity worldwide and specifically in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Educational Institution

Ecole Nationale d’Architecture, Rabat

Photography, Architecture, Morocco

Première école d’architecture au Maroc, depuis sa création en 1980 à Rabat, l’ENA a assuré la formation de plus de 1300 architectes répartis sur l’ensemble du territoire national.

Educational Institution

Ecole Supérieure d'Architecture de Casablanca

Architecture, Morocco

L'E.A.C. est la deuxième école habilitée à dispenser un enseignement de l'architecture au Maroc et à délivrer au terme de six années d'études un diplôme ouvrant la voie à l'exercice de la profession d'Architecte.

Cultural Organization

El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk Music

Music, Egypt

El Mastaba pioneers social change through the arts.

Regional Body

European Commission on Preservation and Access

Conservation, Archives, Libraries

The European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA) was established in 1994 to promote activities aimed at keeping collections in European archives and libraries accessible over time.

Institute

Fondation Liban Cinéma

Lebanon, Archives, Cinema, Audiovisual

Preservation of Cinema Heritage - Restoration and digital transfer of the 16mm archives of Télé-Liban - Restoration and subtitling of old films - Editing and screening of excerpts of old films.

Archive

Fouad Debbas Collection

Photography, Lebanon

The Fouad Debbas Collection is a unique private collection encompassing about 45000 images that include approximately 22000 postcards, 20000 original printed photos (individual prints or in albums), 2000 slides and negatives and 1000 stereos. The documents deal mostly with the beginning of photography in the Middle East and especially in Lebanon, during the second half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th. Managed by Yasmine Chemali, its aim is to ensure accessibility and visibility as an open-source for research and knowledge, while securing an optimum storage environment to protect and preserve the photographs.

Cultural Organization

Foundation of Architecture and Heritage

Architecture, Conservation, Jordan

Foundation of Architecture and Heritage aims to document, conserve, promote and maintain the Heritage Resources of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Blog

FTG Records - New Sound of Morocco

Music, Morocco

Blog on the contemporary Moroccan music scene.

Institute

Gaia Heritage

Lebanon, Cultural heritage

Cultural and natural heritage management.

Cultural Organization

Global Heritage Fund

Conservation, Cultural heritage

GHF’s mission is to protect, preserve and sustain the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world.

Website

Graphics Atlas

Digital, Conservation, Archives

A online tool for archivists, curators, historians, collectors, conservators, educators and the general public of sophisticated print identification and characteristic exploration tools.

Cultural Organization

Heritage

Architecture, Cultural heritage

Heritage Page aims to raise the awareness toward the value of our cultural heritage specially The Architectural Heritage discussing the infringements which heritage faces and the proposals to how overcome.

Institute

Heritage Preservation

Conservation, Cultural heritage

Offers free materials for download related to heritage protection including emergency procedures.

Project

Houshamadyan

Photography, Armenia, Maps

Houshamadyan is a non-profit association founded in Berlin, Germany, in 2010. Its mission is to reconstruct and preserve the memory of Armenian life in the Ottoman Empire through research.  

International Body

ICA

Archives, Research

International Council on Archives.

International Body

ICAM

Architecture

International Confederation of Architectural Museums.

International Body

ICCROM

Conservation, Cultural heritage

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property.

International Body

ICOMOS

Architecture

International Council of Monuments and Sites.

Institute

IFPO

Middle East, Research

Institut Francais du Proche Orient - French Institute for studies on the Near East.

Online directory

Image Permanence Institute

Conservation

Websites related to preservation and conservation.

Institute

Image Permanence Institute

Conservation

The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) supports the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural property.

Educational Organization

INCCA

Conservation, Visual art

INCCA-NA is an educational organization dedicated to engaging artists, art professionals, collectors, and the public in collaboration to address the challenges of conserving contemporary art.

Institute

Institute for Palestine Studies

Palestine, Research

Established in Beirut in 1963, it is the oldest institute in the world devoted exclusively to documentation, research, analysis, and publication on Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Cultural Organization

Institute of International Visual Arts

Visual art

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is a leading UK contemporary visual arts organisation which creates exhibitions, publications, multimedia, education and research projects.

Educational Institution

International Academy of Art, Palestine

Visual art, Palestine

The International Academy of Art Palestine (The Academy) is an institution, which specializes in higher education programmes in the visual arts. The Academy currently offers a BA in Contemporary Visual Art and aims to develop a range of courses at BA and MA level in this field.

International Body

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives

Music, Archives, Audiovisual

Working for international co-operation between archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents. IASA has members from 70 countries representing a broad palette of audiovisual archives.

International Body

International Federation of Film Archives

Conservation, Archives, Cultural heritage, Cinema

The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) brings together institutions dedicated to rescuing films both as cultural heritage and as historical documents.

International Body

International Institute for Conservation

Conservation

IIC is an independent international organisation supported by individual and institutional members. It serves as a forum for communication among professionals with responsibility for the preservation of cultural heritage. It advances knowledge, practice and standards for the conservation of historic and artistic works through its publications and conferences. It promotes professional excellence and public awareness through its awards and scholarships.

Institute

InVisu

Architecture, Mediterranean, Islamic

French CNRS research unit on modern architecture around the Mediterranean and a historiography on islamic arts.

Cultural Organization

IRAB Association for Arabic Music

Arabic, Music, Archives

IRAB was founded in order to address the striking lack of availability and awareness regarding the rich musical heritage and contemporary production of Oriental music. It aims to collect music from hobbyists and from the public sector.  

Cultural Organization

Iran House of Music

Music, Iran

"Iran House of Music" is a non-governmental and non-political organization of all the artists involved in the various fields that sustains the motivation, development, advancement, and dissemination of music and musicians. Iran House of Music goals are the preservation of cultural heritage in music and the protection of the moral and legal rights of musicians in different places and in different fields of music to improve the quality and growth of the national culture based on the values ​​of Persian music.

News / portal

Iraq Buisness News

Architecture

The online magazine dedicates a section for architectural projects in Iraq.

Institute

Iraq National Library and Archives

Archives, Iraq, Libraries

The INLA is a key source of information and data on Iraq’s political, social, economic, administrative and cultural life.

Institute

IRCICA

Culture, Turkey, Islamic

Research centre for islamic history, arts and culture (Turkey).

Institute

IRMC

North Africa, Research

Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain - French research centre in humanitites and sociology based in Tunis.

Online directory

Islamic Architecture Database

Architecture

Database set by IRCICA with sponsorship of H.R.H. Prince Sultan Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz, Secretary General, Supreme Commission for Tourism, and Founder-President, Heritage Foundation (Al-Turath), KSA.

International Body

IUA

Architecture

International Union of Architects.

Project

JPI on Cultural Heritage and Global Change

Cultural heritage

Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage. Offers funding for research projects.

Archive

Kamran Collection

Photography, Archives, Iran

Photographic collection from Iran.

Cultural Organization

Khatt Foundation

Typography

The Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography is a cultural foundation and design research center dedicated to advancing design and typography in the Middle East, North Africa and their diaspora, and to building cross-cultural creative networks.

Museum

King Abdullah II House of Culture and Art

Visual art, Jordan

Amman - Jordan (under construction, project by Zaha Hadid).

Léa Morin

North Africa, Cinema, Audiovisual

Lea Morin is an independent consultant and programmer for film, archives and visual arts based in Casablanca, Morocco. A graduate of FEMIS (Paris) and a doctoral student at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), she worked as director and programmer of the Cinémathèque de Tanger from 2007 to 2013. Her research focuses on the preservation and appreciation of archives and film heritage from North Africa and the Middle East, in addition to the relationship between the archive, history, and contemporary art.  Contact: lea.moho@gmail.com

Website

La Bibliothèque Générale et Archives de Tétouan

Photography, Morocco, Archives

Library and archives of Tetouan, Morocco

Institute

Le centre du Patrimoine Musical Libanais (CPML)

Music, Lebanon, Archives

Le centre du Patrimoine Musical Libanais (CPML) a pour ambition de faire connaître la richesse du patrimoine musicale libanais et de le préserver pour le transmettre aux générations futures. Le CPML regroupe ainsi l'oeuvre musicale de compositeurs et d'interprètes libanais.

Institute

Le Centre Méditerranéen de la Photographie

Photography, Mediterranean

Le Centre Méditerranéen de la Photographie est un lieu de réflexion et de création dont la vocation est de doter la Corse d'un lieu permanent pour la photographie, inscrit dans une réelle volonté d'ouverture sur la Méditerranée et l'Europe.

Institute

Lebanese Emigration Research Center

Lebanon, Migration, Research

The Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) is dedicated specifically to the study of migration.

National Body

Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO

Lebanon, Cultural heritage

The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO is a national body that liaises between the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as well as the Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures (ALF) on one side, and the national official departments and the Lebanese civil society on the other side, in the areas of education, sciences, culture and communication.

Archive

Lebanese National Library

Lebanon, Libraries

The Functions of the Lebanese National Library: - Collecting national works and developing the collections of the Library in order to become an institution of national memory (in particular through legal deposits). - Conserving memory, written cultural heritage, and intellectual Lebanese productions: books, periodicals, manuscripts, audiovisual and multimedia products produced in Lebanon, about Lebanon, or by Lebanese authors. -Cataloguing its collections. -Ensure access for a broad public to the Library’s collections, particularly through a program of digitization.

Archive

Lebanese Photo Bank

Lebanon, Archives

The Lebanese Photo Bank houses more than 150,000 images from 63 photographers.

Project

Lens on Lebanon

Photography, Lebanon, Cinema

Lens on Lebanon is an international grassroots documentary initiative formed during the Israeli bombardment of 2006. The documentary material, photo-narratives, and video diaries of daily life gathered here have been conceived, produced, and contributed by residents of Lebanon from all walks of life.

Archive

Les collections de la légation américaine de Tanger TALIM

Music, Photography, Morocco

La Légation Américaine de Tanger abrite deux collections d'une très grande importance pour le patrimoine marocain du 20ème siècle. Premièrement, il s'agit des engrégistrements de la musique marocaine - 72 heures, 250 sélections, de toutes les régions - recueullis par Paul Bowles pour la Rockefeller Foundation et la Bibliothèque de Congrès en 1959.  Numérisés et rapatriés lors du centenaire de Bowles en 2010, ces CDs se trouvent - ainsi que les notes de Bowles - dans la bibliothèque de recherche de la Légation.  La collection de la Légation comprend également une importante série de photographies sur plaque de verre du début du 20ème siècle, en partie numérisée par Dr. Beatrice St. Laurent.

Website

Les Musiques du Maroc

Music, Morocco

Site dedicated to Moroccan musical heritage, with suggested reading material.

Blog

Litterature et Culture Arabe

Literature, Arabic

Blog on Arabic literature and culture.

Cultural Organization

Magnum Photos

Photography

Magnum Photos is a photographic co-operative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer-members. With powerful individual vision, Magnum photographers chronicle the world and interpret its peoples, events, issues and personalities.

Cultural Organization

Maison de l'architecture de Tétouan

Architecture, Morocco, Cultural heritage

L'Ecole Nationale d'Architecture de Tétouan s'est particulièrement engagée dans la défense du patrimoine moderne bâti notamment à travers l'association la Maison de l'Architecture. Elle s'attache à présenter les problèmes clés que rencontrent nombre de bâtiments architecturalement très importants laissés à l'abandon, sans plan de sauvegarde.

Cultural Organization

Maison de la photographie de Marrakech

Photography, Morocco, Cultural heritage

La Maison de la Photographie est un lieu de mémoire et de partage, expression du désir de construire toujours plus de liens, de connaissance et d’affection entre les peuples. Son fonds photographique est un ensemble hétéroclite de documents rassemblés par deux collectionneurs. Il s'agit d'une collection privée d'environ 5000 photographies et 2000 plaques de verre couvrant la période 1862 - 1950.

Institute

Majal

Architecture, Lebanon

Urban Academic Observatory - Institute of Urban Planning, ALBA university.

Cultural Organization

Majority World

Photography

A photo agency and social enterprise working with photographers from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Museum

Makan Arthouse

Visual art, Jordan

Contemporary art space in Amman, Jordan.

Museum

Mathaf Museum of Modern Art

Visual art, Qatar

Mathaf hosts exhibitions, programs and events that explore and celebrate art by Arab artists and offer an Arab perspective on international modern and contemporary art.

Archive

Mediterranean Memory

Archives, Mediterranean, Television, Audiovisual

The website “Audiovisual memory of the Mediterranean” includes the archives of 14 television stations of the Mediterranean, which makes it the largest online video collection devoted to the historical, cultural and tourist heritage of the region.

Project

Memory at Work

Lebanon, Archives, Cultural heritage

A project on peace and war in Lebanon bringing together archival material.

Archive

Memory of Modern Egypt

Music, Egypt, Audiovisual, Maps

A vast digital library of varied media documenting the history of modern Egypt (in Arabic).

Cultural Organization

Metropolis Cinema

Cinema

Arts cinema in Beirut.

Project

Middle East Photography Preservation Institute (MEPPI)

Photography, Conservation

Offers training in photograph conservation for collections from the Middle East.

Archive

Middle Eastern Film Posters Digitization Initiative

Cinema, Posters

Princeton University Library’s Arabic Movie Posters and Lobby Cards Collection was acquired in Lebanon in 2008 and is comprised of 1,748 posters and 768 lobby cards.

Archive

Middle Eastern Sheet Music Archive

Music

Online archive of sheet music for Arab and Middle Eastern music.

Archive

MidEast Image

Photography

An private collection of original photos, post cards, historical documents and art objects from the Levant, Mesopotamia, and Egypt, taken as early as 1850.

Online directory

MIMOA

Architecture

Online architecture guide.

National Body

Ministère de l'Habitat et de l'Urbanisme

Architecture, Algeria

Le Ministère de l'Habitat et de l'Urbanisme est chargé de veiller à l'application de la législation et de la réglementation en matière d'urbanisme, de construction et de protection du cadre bâti.

National Body

Ministry of Tourism, Lebanon

Photography, Lebanon, Cultural heritage

The Lebanese Ministry of Tourism started building its photo library in 1997. Its main objective was to preserve the collection and make it public and accessible, thus in the year 2000, the archive was made digital with 35,000 photos. The collection consists of the official photographs that were used to promote Lebanon as a touristic destination especially during the 1960”s. The Ministry of Tourism recently published “Beirut in Motion“ that contains images of the city of Beirut period 1950-1975.

Project

Modern Heritage Programme

Conservation, Cultural heritage

At the start of 2001 the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and DOCOMOMO (Working Party for the Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement) launched a joint programme for the identification, documentation and promotion of the built heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries - the Programme on Modern Heritage.

Museum

Musée du Judaïsme Marocain

Photography, Morocco, Cultural heritage

Le Musée du Judaïsme Marocain est le premier musée sur le Judaïsme dans le Monde Arabe. Ce musée présente l'histoire du Judaïsme au Maroc à travers diverses collections et expositions nationales et internationales. Le musée est doté d'une bibliothèque, d'une vidéothèque, mais aussi d'une photothèque.

Museum

Musée National des Beaux-arts d'Alger

Visual art, Algeria

Le Musée National d'Art Moderne et Contemporain d'Alger, affectueusement surnommé le MAMA, est l'une des plus belle réalisations culturelles depuis l'Indépendance de l'Algérie.

Museum

Musée Nicéphore Niépce

Photography

Musée Nicéphore Niépce : la photographie depuis son invention par Niépce jusqu'à l'image numérique.

Cultural Organization

Museum with No Frontiers

Cultural heritage

MWNF uses cultural heritage and local perceptions of history to promote the Alliance of Civilisations.

Project

Mutual Heritage

Architecture, Mediterranean

Preservation and recognition of the 19th and 20th centuries architecture in the southern-eastern mediterranean countries.

Cultural Organization

NAAS: Network of Arab Art House Screens

Cinema, Middle East

NAAS is a network of independent art-house cinemas and cultural institutions united by the common goal to develop cinema culture across the Arab world by bringing the best of local, regional and world cinema to our large combined audiences. As committed and experienced promoters of art and cinema from Morocco to Syria, network members establish and enhance valuable synergies -- in distribution, programming, promotion and workshops -- in the face of shared obstacles and individual, local isolation. NAAS is headquartered at Metropolis Cinema in Beirut and managed in coordination with ArteEast in New York.

Cultural Organization

Nadi Le Kol Nass

Music, Lebanon, Cinema, Education

Nadi Lekol El Nass was founded in 1998. This non-profit cultural organisation aims to promote various aspects of Lebanese and Arab culture, including local film and music production, all the while stressing the need to preserve this heritage.     

Magazine

Nafas Art Magazine

Visual art

Contemporary art from the Maghreb to the Middle East, from Central Asia to Southeast Asia. 

Institute

National Centre for Documentation and Research, Abu Dhabi

Archives, United Arab Emirates

The National Centre for Documentation and Research vision is leadership in providing distinctive archival, documentation and research services. His mission is preserving the documentary heritage to provide decision makers and the public with trusted information and to enhance civic spirit and national identity.

Blog

Nomad Beirut

Architecture, Lebanon, Beirut

Blog on architecture and urbanism.

Project

Nuqta

Arabic, Design, Typography

The world's first user-generated mobile museum of Arabic typography and calligraphy, Nuqta is a collaborative, mobile and web app, which invites the public to post images of Arabic calligraphy and typography as they experience it anywhere, and on anything. Use the Nuqta website to discover wonderful examples of Arabic typography and calligraphy from all over the world. Dip into the Knowledge Bank and read fascinating articles by experts in the field.

Cultural Organization

Observatoire marocain de l'image et des médias

Morocco, Archives, Visual art, Audiovisual

L'Observatoire Marocain de l'Image et des Médias est un groupe de citoyens marocains de divers horizons professionnels, ayant un intérêt commun et une passion pour la culture visuelle. Nous nous sommes réunis pour former cet observatoire afin de sensibiliser la population à l'impact de la culture visuelle sur notre société, et afin de souligner son importance dans la constitution de notre société. En conséquence, nos principaux objectifs sont de mettre l'accent sur ​​le suivi médiatique et la production visuelle en général pour veiller à souligner toutes les formes de discrimination, afin de protéger les groupes vulnérables tels que les femmes, les réfugiés et les enfants.

Blog

Old Beirut

Photography, Lebanon, Beirut

A blog featuring old photographs of Beirut. 

Cultural Organization

Palestinian Organisation for Cultural Development NAWA Institute

Music, Palestine

NAWA research, document, re-produce and disseminate rare and precious classical and folkloric music.

News / portal

Patrimoine du Maroc

Morocco, Cultural heritage

Un programme en partenariat avec le Ministère de la Culture du Maroc qui promeut le patrimoine marocain.

Cultural Organization

Popular Art Centre

Visual art, Palestine

Founded to promote a vibrant and dynamic culture and art sectors in Palestine.

National Body

Qatar Museums Authority

Visual art, Cultural heritage, Qatar

Develop, promote and sustain museums, art and heritage at the highest global standards for community engagement, education, and enjoyment in Qatar.

Cultural Organization

Riwaq

Architecture, Palestine

Protection and awareness raising of built heritage in Palestine.

Archive

Saudi Aramco World Digital Image Archive

Photography

One of the world's largest archives specializing in historic and current images of the Middle East and the Islamic world.

Cultural Organization

Save Alex Initiative

Architecture, Egypt

An initiative committed to protecting and enhancing the built environment of the city of Alexandria. It aims at increasing public awareness of what is left of Alexandria's rich architectural heritage and of other urban challenges it is facing today.

Cultural Organization

Save Beirut Heritage

Architecture, Lebanon, Beirut

In the 90’s, an initial census counted 1600 traditional homes and buildings in the greater Beirut. Today, we estimate the number to be close to 300 remaining standing structures. With the Ministry of Culture, we help review demolition permits and stop the demolition of buildings that were set for demolition.

Cultural Organization

Save Cinemas in Marocco

Morocco, Cultural heritage, Cinema

Depuis un peu plus de trois ans le vecteur de Save cinemas in Marocco est de mettre la culture au service de la jeunesse. Cette association souhaite contribuer au déploiement du lien social de proximité dans les villes. Le projet se concentre principalement sur la sensibilisation à la situation du parc des salles de cinémas au Maroc, il en reste 35. Comment les préserver ?
La salle de cinéma doit rester un lieu d’ouverture et d’épanouissement culturel, cet outil indispensable au développement de la culture de la jeunesse marocaine.

Museum

Sharjah Museums Department

Culture, Visual art, United Arab Emirates, Islamic

SMD includes 16 museums covering Islamic art and culture, archaeology, heritage, science, marine life and the history of Sharjah and the region.

Magazine

Shutter Party

Photography

Première plateforme tunisienne autour du métier de photographe.

Archive

Signs of Conflict

Lebanon, Posters

Ongoing since 2003, Signs of Conflict is a project that involves collecting, archiving and studying the political posters that were produced by the various warring factions, political parties and movements during Lebanon's civil war.

Project

Siwa & Tanger

Morocco, Cultural heritage, Egypt

Tanger - avec son ancienne médina multiculturelle - et Siwa - oasis historique située au coeur du désert occidental de l’Egypte - sont liés dans ce projet par leur importance culturelle ainsi que par le manque d’un plan stratégique pour la préservetion et l’amélioration de leurs atouts culturels centenaires.

Institute

SOIMA

Photography, Conservation, Audiovisual

SOIMA is a Sound and Image Collections Conservation Programme. It was launched by ICCROM, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, in response to the urgent need for coordinated international action to safeguard endangered audiovisual collections.

Cultural Organization

Sound of Iraq

Music, Archives, Iraq

The Sound of Iraq (SOI) project is dedicated to creating and supporting a new Iraqi National Sound Archive (INSA) as part of the Iraqi National Library and Archives (INLA) in Baghdad, Iraq.

Magazine

Soura Magazine

Photography

Middle East photography magazine. 

Online directory

Speak, memory

Archives

Born out of the Speak Memory symposium, the “Archive Map” research project seeks to create a growing database of archival collections and other resources that contain material relevant to the Middle East’s modern and contemporary art history.

Museum

Tareq Rajab Museum

Cultural heritage, Kuwait

Houses a collection of over thirty thousand items including costumes, textiles, jewellery and musical instruments.

Institute

The Getty Conservation Institute

Conservation

Specialized in research and training in the conservation field.

Project

The Na'ima al-Misriyya Project

Music, Archives, Egypt

This multidisciplinary project seeks to document the life story of Na’ima al-Misriyya, while also providing a glimpse into the phonograph era of Oriental music in Egypt and the Middle East at large.

Project

The Qatar Unified Imaging Project Mission

Cultural heritage, Qatar

QUIP will provide open access to the historical and cultural material of Qatar to preserve the unique character of Qatar by providing easy access to digitized primary source materials in an agile centralized collection carefully managed and preserved for a persistent, authentic and continually-growing resource.

Cultural Organization

Tingitania

Morocco, Cultural heritage

Une association qui a pour objectifs principaux l’information, la sensibilisation et la promotion des activités visant à mettre en valeur le patrimoine de Tanger, le développement des comportements civique et écologique des citoyens et la protection du cadre de vie, de l’environnement, et de l’aspect esthétique de la Région de Tanger-Tétouan.

Museum

Townhouse Gallery

Visual art, Egypt

Contemporary art space in Cairo, Egypt.

Educational Institution

UCL Qatar

Conservation, Cultural heritage, Qatar, Education

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.

Cultural Organization

Umam Documentation and Research

Architecture, Lebanon, Memory

UMAM D&R is guided by the belief that acknowledging Lebanon’s relatively recent past requires that important evidence and artifacts of its history be carefully collected, protected, and promoted to the public.

International Body

UNESCO World Heritage Center

Conservation, Cultural heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization provides that it will maintain, increase, and diffuse knowledge, by assuring the conservation and protection of the world's heritage, and recommending to the nations concerned the necessary international conventions.

Cultural Organization

Union of Mediterannean Architects

Architecture

Union of Mediterannean Architects was formed having regard to the desire of Mediterranean architects to create a structure aimed at fulfilling their common goal of regenerating and consolidating the ties inherent in their adhesion to the Mediterranean Basin, the common birthplace of civilisation.

Educational Institution

Université Française d'Egypte

Conservation, Cultural heritage, Education, Research

L'Université Française d'Egypte propose un Master spécialisé sur la conservation du patrimoine.

Archive

UNRWA Photo Archive

Photography, Archives, Palestine

United Nations Relief and Works agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

Website

Urban Historical Archive and Documentation Centre for Aleppo

Archives, Syria

The Urban Historic Archive and Documentation Centre of Aleppo portrays the city’s history. It is a place where topics related to the city’s past are documented, repaired, stored and researched. The Archive also organizes exhibitions and lectures and publishes works of research.

Website

Viewshare

Digital, Archives

Viewshare is a free platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience your digital collections.

Archive

Visual Culture Heritage

Cultural heritage, Egypt

Presents the work of researchers, historians, artists, and engineers in the field of visual cultural heritage in the Middle East, North Africa, and West Asia.

Cultural Organization

Visual Culture Heritage

Photography, Architecture, Conservation, Middle East

Since 1997, the organisation has been working on preservation, documentation, and presentation of photographic and architectural heritage from the Middle East, North Africa and West Asia.

Blog

WebArchivists

Archives

Thoughts and projects about web archiving, data preservation and more. 

News / portal

World Architecture Community

Architecture

A database and forum on world architecture.

Archive

World Digital Library

Archives

Vast digital archive including many items from the Middle East.

Cultural Organization

Young Arab Theatre Fund

Theatre

The Young Arab Theatre Fund (YATF) is an international organization designed to serve independent young artists living and working in the Arab World. The long term goal of YATF is to encourage the sustainability of the independent artistic scene in the Arab World and to nurture and sustain its development.

Educational Institution

Zaki Nassif Music Program (American University of Beirut)

Music, Lebanon, Cultural heritage, Education

After his passing in 2004, The Zaki Nassif Music Program was launched at AUB, to honor his memory and keep his art alive. The program aims to preserve and promote the musical heritage of Zaki Nassif and seeks to foster excellence in the teaching of music by contributing to its advancement through organizing conferences, seminars and concerts, instating music education at AUB, in addition to a variety of activities.

Blog

Zakiratouna

Photography, Architecture

Open source of photographs and postcards of old Beirut and elsewhere in the Middle East.
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