Heritage Emergency Response Initiative's report for March - June of 2022

Heritage Emergency Response Initiative was created in March as a reactive action to the loss of and threats to Ukraine's cultural heritage. We offer to your attention a report on the activities of this volunteer initiative for the last quarter. 

Our mission is to help preserve cultural heritage and assess and document losses for post-war reconstruction.

Our priorities are assisting cultural institutions and their employees and protecting museum collections. We collect information about damage, document crimes committed by russians, and coordinate actions of institutions and organizations for the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage.

HERI has two offices, in Kyiv and Lviv. The Initiative works closely with governing bodies and national and international initiatives. In particular, we have over fifty Ukrainian and foreign partners. Since March, HERI has received about 3.8 million hryvnias and spent almost 1.4 million hryvnias.

We organize expeditions-missions to save cultural heritage, document, and museify the events of the war. HERI participants have already visited Kyiv, Kharkiv, Zhytomyr, and Chernihiv regions. We are working on creating 3D models of destroyed heritage. 

A little information in numbers:

120 museums and cultural institutions from 22 regions received organizational support and consultations

A total of 68 museums, archives, and libraries received financial support through HERI

52 institutions used hub.promuseum platform, which helps with materials and help from donors

125 museum, library, and archive experts received a one-time Solidarity Scholarship

HERI is continuously looking for resources to help cultural institutions. Resources could be materials, informational and organizational. 

Thank you! We will keep working. We believe in victory!


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