Assessment mission in Egypt
An emergency mission led by ICOM, UNESCO and the Blue Shield took place in Cairo from 30 January to 2 February, 2014, following a car bomb blast that caused significant damage to the building that houses both the Islamic Museum and Egypt's National Library and Archives. The mission team worked together with the directors, curators and conservators of both institutions to assess damage to the building and to the collections exhibited.
Although the structure survived, the building was severely damaged and parts of its electricity installations, fire and water networks, and air condition systems were destroyed. The institutions’ collections were also seriously affected, with damaged pieces including 61 ceramics, 54 glass objects, 20 metal works, 18 wood works, seven rare manuscripts and three papyri. The assessment mission team is working to raise funds to repair the damage, and UNESCO has already set aside 100,000 USD to help restore the collections of both institutions. Read More