ICOM offers assistance to Egyptian museums and museum professionals
Continuing its fruitful collaboration with international organisations and museum professionals around the world to assist Egyptian museums, ICOM has recently carried out two successful missions in the country. From 4-9 September, 2014, ICOM Director General Prof. Dr Anne-Catherine Robert-Hauglustaine and ICOM Executive Council member Prof. Dr Regine Schulz, represented ICOM in a joint mission of UNESCO, ICOM, ICCROM and ARC-WH (Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage) in Cairo. Previously, from 4-8 August, 2014, ICOM Director of Programmes and Partnerships, Ms France Desmarais, also travelled to Cairo to take part in an international museum mission in favour of the Museum of Islamic Art, together with conservation experts from the Smithsonian Institution and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA.
Since the 2011 uprising, ICOM has been following the events in Egypt closely. In 2011, ICOM published an Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk as a tool to disseminate information and raise public awareness on the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural objects. ICOM’s Disaster Relief Task Force (DRTF) also reported on the Institut d’Egypte, which was burned down in December 2011. ICOM will continue to “stand alongside Egypt in the challenges faced by cultural heritage in these times of transition [in the country] and where the protection of museum collections is fundamental,” said ICOM President Prof. Dr Hans-Martin Hinz, in a letter to Egyptian Minister of Antiquities H.E. Dr Mamdouh Mohamed Gad el-Damaty. Among other collaboration perspectives, ICOM’s upcoming triennial General Conference, to be held in Milan, Italy from 3-9 July, 2016 will be an excellent opportunity for Egyptian museums to showcase their interpretation of Museums and Cultural Landscapes.