Bradshaw Foundation

About the Bradshaw Foundation

The Bradshaw Foundation provides an online learning resource. Its main areas of focus are archaeology, anthropology and genetic research, and its primary objective is to discover, document and preserve ancient rock art around the world, and promote the study of early mankind’s artistic achievements. The Foundation funds preservation projects around the world, scientific research and research publication. The Foundation carries out its work in collaboration with UNESCO, the Royal Geographic Society, the National Geographic Society, the Rock Art Research Institute in South Africa and the Trust for African Rock Art to ensure that the programs achieve maximum impact. It is a privately funded, non-profit organisation based in Geneva.

Robert A. Hefner III - President

In my experience Creativity is the key to Mankind’s success. I believe that one of our endeavours should be to try and capture the creativity of our ancestors for the enlightenment of our children. I would like to think that the Bradshaw Foundation is achieving this in part, and thus helping to preserve and protect the rich Heritage of Mankind that surrounds us.

Damon de Laszlo - Chairman

Since its formation in 1992 the Bradshaw Foundation has attempted to promote the study of early man’s artistic achievement, and help to preserve and protect this rich heritage found throughout the world.
But by focussing on ancient rock art, the obvious questions of who, when and why became unavoidable. This led the Bradshaw Foundation into the study of genetic research, headed by Professor Stephen Oppenheimer of Oxford University. The Foundation’s ‘Journey of Mankind’ Genetic Map has enabled us to look at the evolution of our ancestors in an holistic manner, so we no longer study one particular type of rock art, but attempt to speculate how that rock art came to be there, at a certain time, based on particular migratory events. Understanding a moment in time can only be truly achieved by gaining a grasp of what led to it, and what it led on to.
The Foundation has been actively involved in the preservation  of rock art sites around the world, including the National Heritage Park of Campeche in Brazil, the Dabous giraffe carvings of the Tenere Desert in Niger, and the Calacala Gallery in Bolivia, and Niaux Cave in the French Pyrenees.
Our publications include 'Bradshaws: Ancient Rock Paintings of North-Western Australia' by Dr. Graham Walsh 1994, 'Rock Painting Sites in the Kimberley Region' by Katharina and Andreas Lommel 2001, and 'Ich reiste wie ein Buschmann' by Wilfried Schroder 2002.
With the Foundation's ever-expanding field of research, our latest project is the 'iLecture' documentary film series - a new venture that we hope enhances the way our material is viewed. It is a direct response to the changes both in technology and in education. Learning is changing; the digital brain, some argue, is physically different, it has rewired itself. And the solution to the expanding data-base placed before it, in our opinion, is to present information with 'ruthless clarity'. The iLectures documentary film format is a high-density, fact-driven, visual-audio experience.
For a profile of Bradshaw Foundation Chairman Damon de Laszlo click here

Trustees of the Foundation

Dr Jean Clottes Bradshaw Foundation Michael Ball Bradshaw Foundation Michael McGuire Bradshaw Foundation Peter Robinson Bradshaw Foundation Anna Coyle Bradshaw Foundation
Dr Jean Clottes
Michael Ball
(1936 – 2016)
Michael McGuire
(1929 - 2016)
Peter Robinson
Anna Coyle

Advisory Board

Professor Stephen Oppenheimer Bradshaw Foundation Cassandra Turcotte Bradshaw Foundation Genevieve von Petzinger TED Bradshaw Foundation Dr Ben Smith Bradshaw Foundation Dr Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak Bradshaw Foundation
Stephen Oppenheimer
Institute of Human Sciences, Oxford University
Cassandra Turcotte
CASHP, United States
Genevieve von Petzinger
Center for TED Senior Fellow
Dr Ben Smith
Winthrop Professor of World Rock Art in University of Western Australia
Dr. Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak
Dr Jill Cook Bradshaw Foundation British Museum Professor John P Miller Bradshaw Foundation Li Hui Bradshaw Foundation Dr Georgia Lee Bradshaw Foundation David Coulson Bradshaw Foundation
Dr Jill Cook
Curator of Prehistory, British Museum
John P Miller
Center for Computational Biology, Montana State University, USA
Li Hui
Project Controller China
Dr Georgia Lee
Easter Island, Pacific
(1926 - 2016)
David Coulson
Trust for African
Rock Art
Hugh Brown Bradshaw Foundation Professor Nabil Swelim Bradshaw Foundation Valerie Feruglio Bradshaw Foundation Keler Lucas Bradshaw Foundation
Hugh Brown
Professor Nabil Swelim
Egyptologist, Egypt
Valerie Feruglio
Art History
Keler Lucas
Santa Catarina, Brazil

Technical Board

Howard Mighell Bradshaw Foundation Ben Dickins Bradshaw Foundation Simon Carter Bradshaw Foundation David Alderman Bradshaw Foundation Chris Wood Bradshaw Foundation
Howard Mighell
Chief Financial Officer
Ben Dickins
Director of Art & Design
Simon Carter
Program Director
David Alderman
Development Director
Chris Wood
UK Administrator
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