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.

 

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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.

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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.

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International Archives Day 2014 [PDF]

For the second time in Lebanon, archivists joined together to mark International Archives Day and allow the general public the chance to discover the unique heritage of their institutions. Seventeen archival institutions in Lebanon opened their doors on June 7, 8, and 9, offering guided tours and displaying pieces from their collections.

Visit the MoHO Facebook page for more photos of the event.

Participating institutions for the open door

Arab Center for Architecture, Arab Image Foundation, Foundation for Arab Music... continue reading.

Sixth National Meeting in Lebanon [PDF]

The Modern Heritage Observatory’s 6th National networking meeting in Lebanon took place on 26 November 2013 in Beirut. It was a chance for those gathered to review the project's past two years, and to plan for the future. 

Modern Heritage Observatory holds second regional meeting

On the 1 November 2013, the Modern Heritage Observatory (MoHO) held its second regional meeting at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. A symposium on modern cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa region, the one day-event brought together important actors in the field of cultural heritage preservation from across the Middle East and beyond to benefit from the opportunity to exchange experience, highlight key factors currently threatening the preservation of modern heritage, and discuss best practices... continue reading.


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Fifth National Meeting in Lebanon

The Modern Heritage Observatory’s 5th National networking meeting in Lebanon took place on 26 September 2013 in Beirut. Its theme was 'Preservation & Archiving Best Practices for paper documents, photographs and audiovisual materials'.


Minutes in English [PDF]
International Archives Day 2013 [PDF]

All over the world, and for the first time in Lebanon, archivists came together on 9 June to allow the public to discover the unique heritage that they preserve. In Beirut, the day was celebrated by the Modern Heritage Observatory, which co-ordinated an Open House event, with all partnering institutions opening their doors to the public, offering guided tours and displaying examples from their collections.

 

Participating institutions included the Annahar Information Centre, the Arab Center for Architecture, the Arab Image Foundation, the... continue reading.

Journée de l'Observatoire du Patrimoine Moderne à la Cinémathèque de Tanger

La Cinémathèque de Tanger a accueilli plus de 100 personnes samedi 27 avril 2013 pour sa Journée de l'Observatoire du Patrimoine Moderne. 40 étudiants des universités de Tétouan et Tanger, 10 professeurs, 20 représentants du monde de la culture et du patrimoine, 5 journalistes et de nombreux curieux se sont déplacés.


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Fourth National Meeting in Lebanon

The Modern Heritage Observatory’s 4th National networking meeting for Lebanon took place on 11 April 2013 in Beirut. Its theme was Public Outreach. 


Minutes in English [PDF]
Minutes in Arabic [PDF]
Modern Heritage Observatory First Regional Meeting

A symposium on modern cultural heritage, this one day-event brought together key actors in the field of cultural heritage preservation from across the Middle East and beyond. It was an opportunity for cultural heritage actors to gather together to share experiences, and reflect on how they can collaborate to expand their activities and develop common goals with a view to lobbying for policy change to better protect modern heritage.

Click here to read the full report of the event


Download the programme [PDF]
Third National Meeting in Lebanon

The Modern Heritage Observatory reunited at the Arab Image Foundation’s premises for its third networking meeting, which focused on the legal aspects of cultural heritage preservation. Three lawyers were invited as speakers, to shed light on various intersections between the legal sphere and heritage. Lawyer and activist Nayla Geagea discussed her experience working on the Masrah Beirut case. Her presentation was a case study of an instance where cultural heritage actors formed a collective beyond institutions to work as a... continue reading.


Minutes in English [PDF]
Minutes in Arabic [PDF]
Second National Meeting in Lebanon

Following the success of the first introductory meeting where Lebanese cultural heritage actors got together to discuss their common concerns and needs, the Arab Image Foundation hosted the second Networking Meeting at its premises on the 11th of June. As participants in the first meeting had filled an online survey detailing their strengths, perceived threats, institutional needs and expectations from the Modern Heritage Observatory, the meeting opened with a presentation of the needs assessment survey, with the AIF proposing to... continue reading.


Minutes in English [PDF]
First National Meeting in Lebanon

The first networking meeting for the Modern Heritage Observatory (MOHO) project took place on 26 March 2012. As an initial step towards the creation of a  network, the meeting was divided into an introductory phase, during which each  partner and participant organization briefly presented the nature of their work,  focusing on their background in cultural heritage through their area of expertise;  the second phase consisted of a round-table discussion, assessing and tackling  common issues and identifying potential opportunities for cooperation. 

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