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Thursday, January 7, 2016
News: Egypt to Restore Its Historical National Archives Building
The old and new wings of Dar Al-Mahfouzat at Salaheddin
Citadel is to be restored soon in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance.
Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
The Entrance Gate of Dar Al-Mahfouzat
of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty has finally assigned an archaeological
engineering committee to inspect the current condition of the old and new wings
of Egypt’s National Archives (Dar Al-Mahfouzat) located in Salaheddin Citadel
in Old Cairo.
Mostafa, director-general of Al-Qalaa (citadel) Antiquities, told Ahram Online
that after its inspection tour, the committee is to write a detailed report on
the condition of both wings and send it to the minister in order to take
concrete procedures to restore the great monument.
the required restoration works are the installation of a new electronic
security system and an automatic extinguishing system.
Wednesday, Mostafa said, a meeting is to be held in the projects department at
the ministry with the members of the committee in an attempt to put early steps
towards restoring the archives. A review of previous restoration works would
also be discussed.
also said that the Ministry of Finance is to form a committee to decide on the
beginning of the restoration work.
Dar Al Mahfouzat at the Citadel
National Archives is among the oldest in the world, founded in Cairo in 1828
when Mohammed Ali Pasha constructed a building in Salaheddin Citadel to
preserve official records and named it Daftarkhana (House of Documentation).
main aim behind its construction was collecting written documentation of the
state’s activities and maintaining it in one place. Over time the Daftarkhana
became a storehouse of Egypt's national heritage. It accumulated so many
governmental documents after they were no longer needed that Mohammed Ali was
forced to construct the Archival Storehouse in governmental ministries and
agencies in the capital as well as the provincial governorates.
1932, an order was issued by King Fouad to construct “the Historical Records
Department in Abdeen Palace in downtown Cairo.”
the 1952 revolution, a new National Historical Archive was established by law no.
356 of 1954, with the purpose of collecting and keeping documents from all
periods. In 1969, it was transferred from Abdeen Palace to the Citadel and in
1990 it was moved to its current location on the Nile Corniche.
1993, a new independent authority was created that united the Book Organisation
and the National Archives and separated them from the Egyptian General Book