Consultation outcome

Government proposals to protect cultural heritage overseas

This consultation has concluded

Download the full outcome

Detail of outcome

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) ran a targeted consultation exercise from 14 January to 19 February 2016 and invited written stakeholder views and opinions on the development of a UK Cultural Protection Fund. Comments and suggestions were sought on the overall approach, priorities and principles of the Fund, design and delivery, monitoring and evaluation and further practical considerations relevant to the Fund. In addition, DCMS held a series of consultative workshops with stakeholders.

This response summarises the 63 comprehensive consultation responses received as well as the additional information gathered at the workshops which were well attended. It also explains the approach DCMS and the British Council, who will manage the Cultural Protection Fund, will take following the consultation.

The Cultural Protection Fund is now open, please visit the British Council’s website for more information.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


A consultation seeking views on government's proposals to protect cultural heritage overseas


Consultation description

This consultation was a targeted consultation aiming to seek views from individuals and organisations with experience and expertise in the area of cultural heritage protection on some specific working details of the Fund. This includes its geographical focus and technical details such as: the scope of items or sites to be protected; the scope of action; the types of programmes which would be eligible to bid for grants; and the size of grant funding.

The government announced on 25 November 2015 that the UK will provide international support for cultural heritage in global conflict zones, dedicating £30 million in Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) funding between 2016 and 2020 to a new Cultural Protection Fund.