Sunday 18 December 2011

More on the Cairo Library Fire

The Ancient World Bloggers have a text by Charles Jones on The Fire at the Institut d'Egypte Cairo. This is:
An attempt to pull together (outside the Facebook, Twitter, etc. firewalls) the various pieces of infomation available online on the fire at the Institut d'Egypte, Cairo, 17 December 2011.

Some items of interest:

Repubblica: In fiamme i tesori inestimabili dell'Istituto d'Egitto al Cairo

The Cybrarians: A black day for heritage: burning the Egyptian Scientific Institute Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011

Video of some of the damage and the salvage beginning

Another video: Cairo Young people save heritage books of scientific complex
, delivered them to army

Nevine El-Aref, 'Archaeological committee to inspect burnt Geographic Society building', Ahram Online December 18.
"Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim assigned today an archaeological committee led by Mohsen Sayed, head of the Islamic and Coptic Antiquities Department, to inspect the Geographic Society in downtown Cairo after the building housing it was burned amid escalating clashes between protesters and the Egyptian military. So far, the committee has been unable to inspect the building due to the unstable security conditions on Al-Sheikh Rihan Street, where the Geographic Society building is located. [...] Ibrahim said the ministry would help in the restoration of the Geographic Society as well the collection of rescued books, some of which are now transferred to the National Archives and American University in Cairo libraries. Ibrahim also said he would contact the French ambassador to Egypt to ask France for help in restoring the landmark building".

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