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The Friends of Basrah Museum (FOBM) is a UK registered Charity founded in 2010 to assist with the establishment of a new museum in Basrah, Iraq, dedicated to the archaeological and historical inheritance of Basrah in particular and Iraq in general and to foster the study of the cultural heritage of the Basrah region and more generally southern Iraq. In September 2016 the first Gallery of the Museum opened, generously funded by BP and other companies and individuals.

In December 2016 the Trustees of the Charity were awarded a CPF grant to complete the installation of the three remaining galleries and to assist with museum staff training and related activities. The grant is provided by the Cultural Protection Fund managed by the British Council. 

The British Council’s £30m Cultural Protection Fund, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is set up to protect cultural heritage at risk due to conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.