is dedicated to defining the future role of the Egyptian Museum within the local and international museum landscape, and giving it the credit it has long deserved. This initiative was instigated in May 2012, with aims to study the museum’s existing conditions and develop a practicable plan for its full rehabilitation.
Under the auspices of the
Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
Co-funded by the European Union
Co-funded and implemented by
Environmental Quality International (EQI)
The Revival of the Egyptian Museum Initiative was launched in May 2012 by a public/private partnership between the Ministry of Antiquities (MA), the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany and Environmental Quality International (EQI), an investment and consulting firm specialised in natural/cultural heritage conservation, and sustainable development.
The overall aim of the Initiative is to return the Egyptian Museum from its current state of degradation to its former years of glory, transforming it into a sustainable centre for socio-cultural and economic development, and attracting a greater number of visitors to the country.
The immediate objective is to stimulate Egypt’s economy by focusing on a set of high-impact acupuncture heritage conservation actions and socio-economic development activities targeting the Museum’s contact zone and surroundings.
The medium- term objective is to create a self propelling process that would steadily improve Egypt’s public image and enhance its position as a cultural travel destination. The long-term objective is to consolidate Egypt’s position as a cultural travel destination that nurtures the quality of life and work of the women and men residing in the influence zones surrounding cultural heritage sites.
The first phase (2012 –2013) of the Initiative, focused on the preparation of a comprehensive rehabilitation concept. It included research studies, management and operational considerations, as well as an assessment of architectural rehabilitation and artefact conservation requirements. Pilot works were also undertaken.
The second phase (2013 –2017) focused on testing the implementation of the action plan in the Tutankhamun Gallery. The full restoration of the original walls, floors and skylights in these halls was carried out.
EQI not only trained the Museum’s restorers, it also worked with its curators while introducing a series of tours and educational workshops for school children from around the Greater Cairo Region (GCR), as many of them are unaware of their own cultural heritage.
Moreover, at least three major international events were held to showcase the developments of the Initiative. These events, which were attended by high-ranking Egyptian officials and the international diplomatic corps, were highly mediatised, and widely reported in the local and international press.
Altogether, these works and activities, which were predominantly funded by the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt, EQI and private donors, served to validate the model for museum-wide restoration, and a greater engagement of the surrounding community. With the full endorsement of the MA and in partnership the EU, EQI will propagate the restoration works throughout the 80 remaining halls of the Museum, and expand the impact of its community development/educational activities in the Museum’s contact zone and its surroundings.
It is noteworthy that the restoration works undertaken by EQI are done according to the designs of the original architect of the Museum, Marcel Dourgnon (1858 – 1911). These works will not transform this classified Beaux-Arts building into a state-of-the art conservation facility; rather, they will rejuvenate the edifice, one of the first true museums around the world, into a museum of museums, where durable stone sculptures can safely be displayed. Any conservation works and museological developments of the display will be undertaken by a consortium of European museum experts, in partnership with the European Commission.