The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

Withstanding change

Supported by the INTO project team, our international partners will restore six historic sites that are threatened by climate change

The project

In 2022, INTO was awarded £1.6 million in funding from the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, to undertake a programme of climate related activity in partnership with organisations across the Middle East and Africa.

Supported by the INTO project team, our international partners will restore six historic sites that are threatened by climate change.

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Our progress

Work on the ground started in early 2023 and the project is now at the halfway point. In this time, an abundance of work has been completed; there has been physical intervention at all sites involved, as well as the delivery of community engagement and outreach programmes with the local population.

To mark this milestone, the INTO project team will be meeting the project partners in Cairo. Hosted by the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation (EHRF), this is an opportunity to review and evaluate our progress to date, share best practice and exchange knowledge.

Update on sites

Each site has made progress undertaking building restoration work, designed to mitigate the impact of climate change on cultural heritage. The properties will become places where neighbours can gather to learn more about the impact of the climate on their own communities.

In time these sites will become part of the local fabric again, hubs where people can meet to share their own experiences and stories specific to their intangible heritage.

It hasn’t all been plain sailing – the partners have encountered challenges in recent months. However, their resilience, coupled with support from INTO and the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, has allowed the programme to move forward in a positive way.


Each site is paired with a National Trust property in the United Kingdom: 

  • The Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda – NT Stourhead 
  • Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation – NT Blicking Estate 
  • Heritage Watch Ethiopia Association – NT Mottisfont/Hinton Ampner 
  • Petra National Trust – NT Mount Stewart 
  • Zanzibar Stonetown Heritage Society – NT Llyn Peninsula/Penrhyn Castle 

Coordinated by National Trust Project Manager, Katherine Shingler, the twinning relationships have developed and continue to deepen through shared concern for their respective sites and communities.  They will form the platform for knowledge sharing that will continue long after the initial phase of the project has ended. 

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