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21 FUTURE PROSPECTS WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE private and public sectors To this end it is envisaged that about half of the works will be funded by private individuals companies and foundations and the other half by public organisations internationally The same principle applies to the harnessing of technical support and partnerships Cooperation protocols with world museums and some of their retired staff will be established to benefit from their accumulated knowledge and build upon the Revival Initiative Likewise the project will establish partnerships with NGOs acting not only in the conservation and cultural heritage domain but also in the field of education The whole Tutankhamun Gallery including the remaining halls of the east wing and the north wing will be inaugurated on 15 November 2016 on the 114th anniversary of the museum The event will feature several lectures by scholars and will honour the sponsors of the restoration initiative in a highly mediatised forum which will bring together in force members of the local and international press A special exhibition showcasing selected artefacts from the Tutankhamun collection will be planned to accompany the event A museum catalogue containing photographs of the Revival Initiative works will be written and published This event will constitute a major milestone in the history of exhibitions on Egyptian Pharaonic art sending a message to the world of Egypt s commitment to revitalising its inclusive and hospitable tri continental identity African Asian and European and reinforcing its inextricable link with world culture storage spaces will be photographed by Mr Vannini in digital form at the highest resolution using the most up to date photographic and lighting equipment During the shoot each object will be cleaned analysed and labelled and its data recorded in a file together with images from all sides and detail shots where necessary In this fashion it will be possible to check the conservation status of the monuments in the long term These photos will also serve as a unique and essential reference for restoration and reconstruction purposes in the regrettable event of any deterioration or damage They may also serve as the sole visual record of irreparably damaged or stolen objects Where archiving is concerned it may be worthwhile to mention that the photo records kept of the artefacts at the time of the discovery now part of the Griffith Institute collection do not correspond to the archives kept at the museum Every effort will be made to create a one to one correspondence between the institute s and the museum s archives Mr Vannini has already obtained the approval of the Griffith Institute for accessing and using its archives To help develop the community a series of programmes and events engaging the community will be implemented Museum tours art craft educational workshops and walking tours in the Tahrir neighbourhood will periodically be organised to reinforce the relationship between the museum its surrounding community and visitors For example various activities will be developed specifically for children s education and education through entertainment These include the organisation of workshops where children can craft their own replicas of the artefacts on display by hand and learn about ancient Egyptian music ancient crafts and hieroglyphics A scientific component will be added in the design of these activities to ensure educational content is passed on to the children A practical reference is Dr Zahi Hawass s book entitled The Golden Boy History for Kids These enjoyable and interactive workshops will explore ancient Egypt archaeological science and the value of cultural heritage preservation in a fun and engaging way Artists will be encouraged to animate art workshops and engage with the museum staff in implementing the various workshops to be carried out in the museum Furthermore to increase contact between museum visitors and the local community a walking tour in the Tahrir zone will be planned and made accessible to visitors This will ensure that they experience the surrounding community s wealth of urban history art cultural spaces and architectural landmarks as well as cafés and restaurants Overall this activity will encourage visitors coming to the museum to visit other educational artistic and commercial institutions present in the area For example we want visitors to the Egyptian Museum to enjoy the diverse attractions in the neighbouring streets of Maarouf Champollion Anitiquekhana and Abd El Moniem Riad Square The above mentioned activity is not only designed to enhance visitor experience but equally to help build the local economy of the Tahrir zone The strategy adopted to achieve sustainability in implementing and financing the works emphasises the importance of the collaborations between the

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