IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Safeguarding the Cultural Heritage of Gori
The Gori Museum was founded in 1935 and houses, among other artifacts, a unique coin collection from Georgia and other countries from 7th century BCE to 20th century CE. The museum’s ethnographic objects, manuscripts, and photo archives provide a wide range of sources to better understand the Shida Kartli region and its role in the development of Georgia. This project will establish a Disaster Risk Management Plan for the Gori Museum, document its collections, and improve storage conditions. The project will also enhance museum staff’s capacity in preventive conservation and first aid for cultural objects. Finally, civil-military cooperation among state authorities responsible for the protection of cultural heritage will be strengthened.
Rehabilitiation of the Mosul museum
The Mosul Museum held a diverse collection, which included artifacts from prehistory; Neo-Assyrian objects, largely from the site of Nimrud; artifacts from the site of Hatra; and an Islamic collection, largely from Mosul. In 2015, the Daesh assault on the museum was publicized and raised great concern within the international community. Now, the museum and its collections are being secured and rehabilitated.
The first stage of this project, carried out in 2018-19, implemented immediate measures to stabilize the building, such as shoring up collapsing floors, removing live ordnance from the museum roof, and providing salvage supplies to the museum’s staff. The objects or fragments in the museum’s collection were safely stored, while those kept offsite were inventoried. The results of the initial phase included an assessment of the damages and a global action plan that defined the necessary activities to fully rehabilitate the museum.
With the first stage complete, damaged artifacts, housed at the museum or the Nineveh SBAH storage facility, will be restored and museum staff will attend the course, “Post-Conflict Professional Museum Skills”. In addition, the building’s restoration will be planned.
This project is being implemented by the Louvre Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH), and the Mosul Museum.
In Situ Protection of the Collections of the Musée des Civilisations de Côte d'Ivoire
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
The Musée des Civilisations de Côte d'Ivoire lost part of its valuable collection in 2011, following looting during political unrest. The project will reinforce the security measures of the museum building and the storage rooms and develop a museum emergency plan to minimize the risks to the collections.