Reanimating Cultural Heritage is a research project which has created an innovative website that provides digital access to Sierra Leonean museum collections dispersed around the globe – including the collections of the Sierra Leone National Museum and the British Museum.

Working with multiple partners in Sierra Leone, the project has also explored how cultural heritage can contribute to the strengthening of civil society in the developing world.

The project, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Reasearch Council, is directed by Dr Paul Basu of University College London.

Through the website,, the initiative highlights Sierra Leone’s rich cultural heritage and presents a more positive image of Sierra Leone internationally. The website is also proving to be a valuable teaching resource – helping young Sierra Leoneans discover and appreciate their own culture and history.

To mark the completion of the three-year project, a new multimedia exhibition is now open to the public in the UK. On show, you can see a great display of photographs and iconic objects from Sierra Leone. The exhibition also includes an audiovisual installation showing short documentaries of different dance, music, masquerade, weaving traditions and much more.

The Reanimating Cultural Heritage in Sierra Leone exhibition can been seen at University College London until the 24th of February 2012.