Wednesday 12 September 2012

Wafaa El Saddik at Leighton House Museum

 Dr Wafaa El Saddik became Director General of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, in 2004 and held the post until 2010. On Monday, 15 October 2012 from 19:00 to 20:30 she will give a public lecture: 'The Day of Rage', at Leighton House Museum 12 Holland Park Rd London W14:
On Friday, 28 January 2011, Egyptian young people called for a major demonstration in the city centre. They knew: it is now or never! But the same day was also the day of the greatest tragedy to happen to Egypt’s antiquities - destruction and looting in the world renowned Egyptian Museum and at numerous archaeological sites. Though Egypt has lived through many wars and revolutions in the past century, never before has there been such vandalism at historical sites. Today, 21 months after Egypt’s revolution, priceless antiquities are still missing from the Egyptian Museum and from innumerable storage facilities the length and breadth of the country. It is a huge, critical challenge today to protect Egypt’s cultural heritage – with low-paid guards and inadequately financed state security personnel – while the country suffers from an ever decreasing number of tourists and the resulting decline in income. This talk assesses the impact of the past 12 months on Egyptian heritage and the challenges ahead. 
But is she going to discuss what REALLY happened in the Egyptian Museum that night? 

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