Projects

In fulfilment of our vision, the Trust will oversee and administer several key projects in archaeology, research, and education in partnership with national and International institutions. However, the Trust intends to focus on three major activities over the course of the next couple of years

The Benin Institute & Royal Museum

The culmination of the Benin Project will be a world-class museum, art gallery and research centre which collectively will be known as the Benin Institute. The Royal Museum will form the heart of the heart of the Benin Institute and will provide a home for the most comprehensive display of Benin Bronzes in the world. The Benin Institute will provide world-class research facilities, archives and storage facilities, as well as public space for contemporary African art and culture. The Benin Institute will be situated close to the Oba’s Palace and the ruins of the Benin Earthworks that enclosed the capital of the Ancient Kingdom in Benin City. The world-class architecture firm of Adjaye and Associates (www.adjaye.com) , led by David Adjaye, has been appointed to undertake the initial concept and urban planning work, and to assist in the assembly of a team of professionals in Nigeria. LRT is responsible for the funding and development of the Benin Institute, and once completed, will own and oversee the Institute.

Digital Benin

Digitizing Royal Art Treasures

The Digital Benin project (project site: www.digitalbenin.org ) is an initiative aimed at providing a digital catalogue of Benin works held around the world. It is being developed by a number of institutions including the Museum am Rothenbaum,( Markk, Hamburg) in close cooperation with the Benin Dialogue Group, which includes the Royal Court of Benin, the Edo State Government, the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria and all European museums with important Benin collections. LRT is providing a local co-ordinating role with a view to supporting local research and infrastructural requirements of the project. A group of 18 international experts from Nigeria, the UK, the US, Sweden, the Netherlands, France and Germany discussed the project’s development and challenges at the Museum am Rothenbaum in Hamburg. In a first step, the partner institutions of the Benin Dialogue Group will provide data on their Benin holdings. This material of an estimated 2000 objects will provide a solid foundation for the further expansion of the platform by integrating additional data from other collections.