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Last night’s Hadrian Gala saw trailblazers from the arts, historic preservation, heritage conservation, philanthropy, and business gathered together to honor Founder and Chairman of the Antiquities Coalition Deborah Lehr with the 2017 Hadrian Award, alongside American artist Frank Stella with the 2017 Watch Award.

Stella is one of our most important living American artists; he played a vital role in helping save the A. Conger Goodyear House, one of the most important houses built in the US the two world wars, and what many call architect Edward Durrel Stone’s greatest domestic architectural accomplishment.

Under Lehr’s leadership, the coalition is bringing together foreign ministers, antiquities and tourism ministers, and business leaders in high-level dialogue to develop strategies about how to best preserve and protect the world’s shared cultural heritage from extremism and conflicts.

Thank you both for your great and unending leadership in heritage conservation and the arts.


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The Government House in St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda is on the 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch.

A local initiative to repair the house has been developed with the goal of providing training and employment opportunities to underserved youth, people with disabilities, older people who are unable to find jobs, professionals with an interest in sharing their expertise, teachers, and the incarcerated. The 2018 World Monuments Watch calls attention to the Government House and the restoration program as an opportunity to connect heritage solutions with issues of urban deprivation, health, and other social issues.


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It’s here: The 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch is bringing attention to 25 cultural heritage sites at risk around the globe.

From a collection of little-known Alabama structures central to the Civil Rights Movement, to a once-vibrant marketplace burned amid fighting between the Syrian government and insurgents, these sites need our help to protect history, preserve memory, and strengthen social bonds.

Discover this year’s sites at wmf.org/2018Watch


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We finish the week with one last sneak peek at the 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch sites- can you guess what this might be?

Tune in tomorrow at 9:30am EST as we reveal the identity of this and all of our 2018 Watch sites!


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This week, we’ve been giving you a few sneak peeks at some of the sites on the 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch, including the detail shown here. Can you guess what it might be?

Tune in Monday, October 16 at 9:30am EST as we reveal the identity of this and all of our 2018 Watch sites!


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The 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch is almost here, and we’re reflecting on some of our most exciting updates from the 2016 Watch in anticipation.

The Arch of Janus – an extraordinary, fourth century monument in the heart of ancient Rome – was included on the 2016 Watchto elevate the importance of restoring this significant monument, once a key feature of the Forum Boarium. Thanks to the support of @americanexpress, #WMF and the Superintendency for the Coliseum and the Central Archaeological Area recently completed full documentation and condition assessments on the Arch, developing a conservation plan that’s already been implemented on the west façade. These efforts lay the groundwork for future conservation of the entire monument.

Rome, Italy
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We continue to share a few sneak peeks at some of the sites on the 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch- can you guess what this might be?

Tune in Monday, October 16 at 9:30am EST as we reveal the identity of this and all of our 2018 Watch sites!


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In celebration of the upcoming 2018 #WorldMonumenrsWatch, we’re bringing you highlights and updates from the 2016 Watch.

La Ermita de Barranco was a crumbling church in a lively district of Lima with the potential for revitalization when it was placed on the 2016 #WorldMonumentsWatch. Since then,#WMF has taken an active role helping stakeholders advance a conservation program at this coastal church. Emergency work, funded by the Archdiocese of Lima, was carried out in early 2016 to address the most pressing needs at this site, including roof protection, cleaning, fumigation, and documentation of the church’s interior. Later in the year, our commitment to this site was reinforced when we assisted the Municipality of Barranco, the Archdiocese of Lima, and the parish to negotiate and sign an agreement for conservation.

You can be part of the reveal right here on Stories on Monday, October 16that 9:30am EST.

Barranco, Lima, Peru
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We’re continuing with giving you a few sneak peeks at some of the sites on the 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch. Can you guess what this might be?

Tune in Monday, October 16 at 9:30am EST as we reveal the identity of this and all of our 2018 Watch sites!


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This week, we’re sharing just a few of the many successes from the 2016 #WorldMonumentsWatch, in anticipation of the upcoming 2018 Watch reveal on October 16th.

Greece’s Pavlopetri, the world’s oldest submerged city, was recognized by the 2016 #WorldMonumentsWatch due to threatsfrom pollution and disturbances caused by large ships. Thanks to the tireless efforts of local advocates, the campaign to protect and promote Pavlopetri has continuously gained momentum since the announcement of the 2016 Watch. In celebrating the site’s first Watch Day in 2016, buoys were sunk to demarcate the archaeological site and protect it from small vessel impact. Later that year, government authorities and stakeholders came together to discuss the preparation of a site management plan, including a visitor parking area, informational kiosk, andboardwalk to protect the fragile dunes’ environment. Watch Day was celebrated again in the summer of 2017, highlighting new interest in the future of the site.

Don’t miss the reveal of our 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatchright here on Stories on Monday, October 16th at 9:30am EST.

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This week, we’re giving you a few sneak peeks at some of the sites on the 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch, including the detail shown here. Can you guess what it might be?

Tune in Monday, October 16 at 9:30am EST as we reveal the identity of this and all of our 2018 Watch sites!


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After the 2015 earthquake in Nepal wrought a high death toll and widespread destruction, #WMF included the Cultural Heritage Sites of Nepal on the 2016 Watch to call attention to the country’s recovery challenges. With support from @americanexpress, WMF partnered with Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust to restore Patan’s Char Narayan Temple, a building of great significance and continued worship for the local community, despite its ruinous state.

The temple is being accurately reconstructed by local craftsmen using salvaged materials and new seismic reinforcement measures. The project honors the resilience of the Nepalese people while helping to bring much-needed conservation resources and skills—once complete, the project will serve as a model for the reconstruction of similar sites.

Tune in to learn which sites are on the 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch right here on our Stories on Monday, October 16th at 9:30am EST.

Patan, Nepal
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In celebration of our upcoming 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch announcement on October 16th, we’re taking a look back at some of the success stories that emerged from the 2016 Watch.

The Moseley Road Baths, in Birmingham, United Kingdom, shows the power of the Watch to change the future of a threatened site. Facing closure due to government cutbacks, this Edwardian swimming complex — beloved by its community— was included on the 2016 Watch. The advocacy campaign that followed led to a city council vote in 2017 to delay the imminent closure of the baths, allowing for community advocates to make a plan to permanently save it. We take inspiration from the activists that rallied around @moseleyrdbaths, shown here, and hope that you will join us in standing with all committed champions who nominated 2018 Watch sites.

Tune into the 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch announcement right here on our Stories on Monday, October 16th at 9:30am EST.

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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It’s coming: The 2018 #WorldMonumentsWatch will be revealed Monday, October 16th, and you can tune into the announcement right here on our Stories at 9:30am EST.

Every two years, the World Monuments Watch issues a call to action for treasured cultural sites around the globe. Since 1996, when the Watch was founded with support from @AmericanExpress, it has recognized 790 sites that face daunting threats or present compelling conservation opportunities, and it has catalyzed over $240 million of investment in their protection and conservation.

This week, in celebration of our upcoming announcement, we’re bringing you just a few of the success stories from the 2016 World Monuments Watch – places where communities have rallied and important progress has been made. We’ll also be giving you an exclusive sneak peek at some of our 2018 Watch sites before the announcement. Stay tuned!

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