The European Union Delegation to Egypt

The European Union supports Egypt in the transformation of the Egyptian Museum of Cairo

Cairo, 17/06/2019 - 11:42, UNIQUE ID: 190617_8
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The European Union (EU) joins forces with several Egyptian ministries to provide unique collaboration to transform the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo. Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Dr. Sahar Nasr, and the EU Ambassador to Egypt Ivan Surkoš, presented the EU-funded project "Transforming the Egyptian Museum of Cairo", in a press conference held in the Garden of the Egyptian Museum of Cairo (EMC), on 16 June 2019.

The EU is supporting this project through a 3.1 million Euros grant. This three-year project will bring the European excellence in museums and collections management to back the renaissance of the EMC.

Ambassador Surkoš underlined the importance of the project, which symbolises the excellent cooperation and coordination between the EU and Egypt in the common endeavour to protect and promote our common cultural heritage. "The European excellence in terms of knowledge and capacity will help in bringing up the EMC to the highest standards of museology in the world," he stated.

The EU-funded project will provide a unique collaboration between the Egyptian Museum of Cairo and the European excellence in the field of museology, Egyptology, archaeology, archaeometry and cultural heritage management.

It seeks to support the EMC in creating a strategic vision for the museum, addressing collection management and conservation, audience engagement, public programming and communication, income generation and facilities management. This will ensure promotion of culture, the preservation of cultural heritage, and the broadening of intellectual and cultural boundaries and international cooperation, contributing towards building a sense of community and strengthening civil society.

Over the course of three years, a consortium of European Museums, namely: the Museo Egizio, together with the Louvre, the British Museum, the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung Berlin, the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (Leiden), the BBR - Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung, the IFAO – Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale and the ICA – Istituto Centrale per l’Archeologia will assist the EMC in the adoption of significant new display areas and the outlining of a detailed strategic vision (Masterplan) for the future. Each museum partner will bring specific experience and skills to the project, ensuring the EMC benefits from best-practise approaches in global museology. This project will also advise on new approaches to the collection's exhibition, and it will provide the platform for an application to UNESCO to recognise the EMC as a World Heritage Site.

The action will focus on the redisplay of entrance galleries on the ground floor, the drafting of the museum's masterplan, and the redisplay of the treasures from the Royal Tombs of Tanis.

This three-year EU-funded project is the first phase of a larger project that would see significant upgrades to the EMC. It will improve visitorsexperience, to attract more national and international visitors and to foster the economic impact of the museum. Further economic benefit would be derived from the implementation of income generation programmes by the Ministry of Antiquities.

As in June 2019, the EU is funding projects for the protection and promotion of the Egyptian cultural Heritage totalling 8 Million Euros in grants.

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