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The Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation , (EHRF)

A non profit organisation registered under # 5191/2013

News & Events

02 March 2019

New from Old

The Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation and the British Council would like to invite you to attend the 'New from Old' exhibition at Bayt al-Razzaz on 2 March 2019.

Last October, we invited a few Egyptian designers and craftsmen to contribute to the Rescuing the Mamluk Minbars of Cairo project with new designs inspired from the intricate geometry of the Mamluk Minbars and the fine arabesque carving on its panels and polygons.

New from Old exhibition will be displaying the result of this collaboration. We will open our doors at 11:00 am, so join us to discover the exciting prototypes and meet with our wonderful team of designers and craftsmen.

The project and exhibition are funded by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS).


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Hammam el Sharaiby

Monument No 17 is not an ordinary historical building, but it is one of the few Cairo Baths that still remain with all their architectural elements. Once upon a time it was Known as the best, the cleanest and most sophisticated and famous Hammam. Hammam El Sharaiby built by Al-Ashraf Qansuh Al-Ghuri 906 HJ – 1501 AD, renovated by Mohamed el Dada el Sharaiby 1725AD serving till 1940. Many functions and values are gathered in this building, a centre for health and beauty care, a social club for meeting and exchange ideas and decisions, a place of marriage ceremonies celebration. Saving such a building is saving a part of Cairo tangible and intangible heritage Fruitful and successful cooperation between the Ministry of Antiquities, the Administration of Historical Cairo and the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation funded by Prince Claus Fund and ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah lead to a wonderful achievement, a full historical, archaeological, architectural, and photographical and condition assessment for the building is now available for researcher and stakeholders. All the reinforcing work for the structure is done. Tons and tons garbage was removed a fire mitigation plan was implemented a Hazard plan for the area is achieved. Gladly we can announce that you can go and visit The famous bath of el Ghoria Area …

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Mentors

Rescue Missions

Islamic art museum

24 January 2014 On January 24th 2014, a car bomb exploded in front of the Cairo Security headquarters, opposite the Museum of Islamic Art and the National Archive Library. Both of these cultural institutions were heavily damaged by the blast. Apart from the direct impact, the hanging ceiling of the museum collapsed and its debris smashed the display cases, further destroying invaluable artifacts. To add to our misery, water tanks related to fire extinguishing systems exploded, causing irreparable additional damage. The Minister of Antiquities called on the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Team to lead the rescue mission. Together with the staff of the museum, the 11 EHRF ToT and all of the trained first aiders it managed to organize a salvage operation according to international standards, not only recovering the minutest fragments of destroyed artifacts, but also photographing, documenting and providing proper storage for whatever was left of the museum collection. The Egyptian Heritage Rescue Team was also involved in saving the collections of the National Archive and transferring manuscripts to the modern concrete building in Boulaq.

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Training

  1. Disaster Risk Reduetion for Museum Collection
  2. Disaster risk Management for Culturel Heritage Sites
  3. First Aid for Museum Collections in event of crises
  4. First Aid for Built Heritage in Emergency Times
  5. Re-organisation for Museum Storage "Re-Org"

Projects

Rescuing the Mamluk Minbars of Cairo

Mamluk Minbars are stepped pulpits, made in the period from 1250 to 1517. Found in mosques, they are traditionally used by imams to deliver sermons and lectures. Minbars are ornate examples of Islamic art and architecture. Generally made from wood, they are adorned and densely decorated with complex geometrical patterns and calligraphic texts, typically made with ivory, ebony and camel bone inlay.

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Publications

Building capacity for post-disaster recovery of museum collections in Nepal

Aparna Tandon,ICCROM, Mimi Pradhan,National Museum of Nepal, HebatAllah AbdelHamid, Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation, Neelam Pradhananga, Cleanup Nepal, Sabine Cotte, the University of Melbourne, Australia-ICOM-CC, 18th Triennial Conference, 2017 Copenhagen, Education and training in conservation

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Partners

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The Egyption Heritage Rescue Foundation

The Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation (EHRF) was founded in 2013, with the objective of promoting and safeguarding Egyptian and regional cultural heritage. Its first mission was to deliver and design, for government staff and concerned organizations, courses on Disaster Risk Preparedness and First Aid to Cultural Heritage (FACH) on cooperation with ICCROM.