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Welcome to LBFNM   
The Lebanese British Friends of the National Museum is a private philanthropic association established in London as a trust in 1993. It was created with the aim of raising funds and providing technical support for the Beirut National Museum at a time when the museum needed it most. LBFNM’s philanthropic efforts began with the rehabilitation of the museum’s Conservation Laboratory, purchase from the British Museum. Among other activities, LBFNM helped organize the first post-civil war exhibition held at the National Museum, Uprooted Heritage; and coordinated the exhibition Beirut: Uncovering the past, which opened at the British Museum in March 1996 and lasted six months before travelling to the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.
Since 1995, LBFNM has been publishing the journal Archaeology and History in Lebanon (formerly National Museum News), which covers a variety of current topics on Lebanon’s cultural history and archaeological past. Other publication projects include the museum’s most recent catalogue Stones and Creed (1999) and A Decade of Archaeology and History in the Lebanon (2004)







Created in 1993 as an assembly of like-minded volunteers interested in protecting and promoting the rich cultural heritage of a country emerging from a devastating civil war





The Lebanese British Friends of the National Museum set about raising funds and organizing practical, technical, and advisory help for Lebanon's badly damaged National Museum.

Early priorities included the refurbishment of the museum's Conservation Laboratory and relevant new equipment as well as organizing the hand's on involvement of British Museum conservators until such time as the most vulnerable artefacts were safely uncovered and restored.



Over the years, the Friend's activities have evolved into producing a specialized bi-annual journal covering the archaeology and history of the country, to publishing a number of specialized books, to organizing a number of exhibitions both at home and abroad:

- (the 1996 Beirut:Uncovering the Past, was held at the British Museum for 6 months before moving to Parisat the Institut du Monde Arabe), a film retelling the history of the city of Sidon through the progress of an archaeological excavation and a specialized TV campaign to show the country's history through a series of cartoon vignettes.

- In 2008, it organized, held and established in Beirut the first of anannual international academic symposium on the ancient Mediterranean. Its journal is an ongoing concern and a fixture at a number of world-class university departments and national public museums and its books are available worldwide through academic agents catering to both specialists and interested private individuals alike.

The Friends still operates solely through the work of volunteers under the aegis of a small number of patrons all of whom are members of a non-profit organization originally established in 1993.