The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

Withstanding change

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

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Our progress

Work on the ground started in early 2023 and is due to conclude in 2025. An abundance of work has already been completed; there have been physical interventions at all the sites involved, and all of our partners have been delivering engagement and outreach programmes with local communities, raising their awareness of climate change and its impact on heritage.

In January 2024, the INTO project team met the project partners in Cairo. Hosted by the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation (EHRF), this was an opportunity to review and evaluate our progress to date, share best practice, and exchange knowledge. Since then, our partners have continued their amazing work, invigorated and energised by their shared successes and from the key learnings that they all took away.

For now, the work continues at each site and within each associated community, educating people about the challenges that climate change brings to their lives and their cultural heritage.

In the autumn, the INTO project team will be meeting the partners again at the project’s closing meeting, which will be hosted by the Zanzibar Stone Town Heritage Society. This will be an opportunity to reflect on all the achievements that the project will have delivered to that point.

Update on sites

Each site has made progress undertaking building restoration work, designed to mitigate the impacts 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, 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 along the way. 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. and also supported an expansion of the capital works programme by providing additional funding of £114,000 in March 2024.


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

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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