Award Museums+Heritage Awards 2018

Award for the Museum of Islamic Art
at the Museums+Heritage Awards 2018 in London

The annual Museums+Heritage Awards, which have been presented for the sixteenth time this year, recognise outstanding projects and initiatives by museums, galleries and individuals across the UK and around the world.

These range from projects with limited resources to voluntary work and restoration activities focusing on cultural heritage.

The efforts of the Museum of Islamic Art to document and communicate Syrian cultural heritage were particularly recommended under the title “Syria Initiative – Museum as Mediator of Shared Heritage” as part of the Museum+Heritage Awards 2018 in the category ‘International Award’. Among the 14 categories, “The Syria Initiative” was the only participant to receive special recognition:
“Impressive and timely, it not only protects the heritage and history of Syria but reminds us of our global responsibility,” said the jury.

This initiative comprises a total of four projects of the Museum of Islamic Art:
  1. the Syrian Heritage Archives Project, in cooperation with the DAI (funded by the Federal Foreign Office since 2013)
  2. Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum, in cooperation with four museums (supported by the Alwaleed Philanthropies)
  3. the Aleppo-Initiative (sponsored by the Gerda Henkel Foundation)
  4. the Interactive Heritage Map (sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation).


Our vision is to create a collective awareness of cultural heritage – a heritage, that unites us through history. With the museum, we want to involve a new audience in the ongoing discussions on cultural heritage in conflict and social responsibility. The participants name their own inheritance and are actively involved at all levels. The projects have a strong participatory character,” emphasizes Stefan Weber, Director of the Museum of Islamic Art.

Relevant to that: Press release (German only) by the Museum of Islamic Art