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10 Since the 23 July 1952 Revolution the museum has been swept by a wave of neglect Transport infrastructure projects in the area were one of many aspects that have caused lasting physical damage to the structure and led to the seemingly irreversible aesthetic degradation of the museum s surrounding environment This regrettable disregard for the museum meant that the building was given no consideration in the planning and construction of projects in its vicinity The changes occurring in the museum and on its grounds have also caused damage that has been painful to witness The Revival Initiative aims to give the museum the attention it has lacked but more than rightfully deserves THE REVIVAL INITIATIVE THE MUSEUM IS CHANGING By far the biggest offence was the encroachment on the museum grounds by the Cairo Municipality in the late 1950s which led to the construction of the headquarters of the Arab Socialist Union and then of the National Democratic Party building Not only did it create an eyesore that obliterated all connection between the museum and the Nile but according to Dr Mounir Neamatalla founder of EQI both the building s encroachment history and the burnt state it is in send a negative message to the world captured by every camera and communicated in different forms in social and conventional media circles Dr Neamatalla goes on to say that the Revival Initiative is designed to put a stop to all of this by sending a positive message about the birth of a new Egypt which cherishes its peaceful identity and inclusive heritage Demolishing this building and incorporating this land within the museum s grounds provides what was meant to be an eternal connection between the museum and the River Nile This connection is as important today as it was in ancient times The banks of the Nile will always remain the cornerstone of a great ancient Egyptian civilisation and the Egyptian Museum the internationally revered home of our ancestors This initiative is in part a testimony to our commitment to a deeply rooted and harmonious evolution Within the museum s original enclosure new facilities were built modifying the layout and aspect of its gardens from the original plans Physical changes were also made to the museum building both from within and without Emad Farid architect on the Revival Initiative team explains Marcel Dourgnon the French architect behind the museum s conception had a vision for the museum as a whole As the years went on and the management changed those in charge were less and less aware of what this vision was and dealt with each aspect separately This resulted in what is now a haphazard concoction of elements rather than the harmonious work of architecture it was meant to be Such changes include the addition of bomb shelter structures that have impeded the natural lighting from the skylights and increased the load on the museum building the partitioning of its exhibition halls for the creation of storage spaces and the haphazard modification of its interior design The museum lost its original lighting scheme wall colour schemes and terrazzo floors Ramez Azmy architect of the Revival Initiative team explains the difficulty in trying to understand the extent of the damage that had occurred to the original museum design It was rather difficult to get all the information since there were no official records of how exactly the walls of the museum looked Each hall had a different look and feel We had to strip down the walls ourselves and slowly reveal details ornamentations and original colours The Revival of the Egyptian Museum Initiative

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