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Seif El Rashidi

Seif El Rashidi is project manager for the IHR's Layers of London project

Seif manages the HLF-funded Layers of London which combines historical mapping, digital history and community partnerships

seif.elrashidi@sas.ac.uk; tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8705

Institute roles

Seif is the project manager for the IHR's Layers of London digital mapping project. Layers of London brings together a significant collection of historic maps and other London-related resources for the first time, and works with community groups, schools and the public to encourage their contribution of information about different facets of London's people and places.

Before joining the Institute, Seif was the Magna Carta Programme Manager at Salisbury Cathedral (2014-16) and the coordinator of Durham World Heritage Site (2008-14). Prior to that, he worked for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s Historic Cities Programme on urban conservation and heritage management (1997-2008), and for Ahmad Hamid Architects (1995-1997), both in Cairo. He has a Masters degree in city design and social science from the London School of Economics, and a degree in the history of art and architecture from the American University in Cairo.

Research interests and publications

Seif's research expertise is in urban conservation, heritage management, interpretation and engagement, and history of art and architecture, especially of the Islamic world. Alongside his work at the IHR, he also manages The Barakat Trust, a UK-based charity that supports and preserves the artistic and architectural heritage of the Islamic world.

His most recent publication (with Sam Bowker), is The Tentmakers of Cairo: Egypt's Medieval and Modern Applique Craft, published by the American University in Cairo Press in 2018.