Egyptian Conservators gathered on 16 May at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in celebration of their achievements, which highlighted the works that they have carried out and the role they play in protecting the country’s heritage.
Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany inaugurated the day with a speech describing conservators as the "unknown soldiers" of antiquities and the "protectors of civilisation."
The minister called on those attending to document their work before and after conservation so that it would be possible to see their achievements as well as to use as a reference point in case of any accidental damaged.
El-Enany honoured 15 skillful conservators for their distinguished contribution to Egyptian history.
Among the honoraries were Fatma Helmy, head of the conservation department in the Faculty of Archaeology at Cairo University and Shawqi Nakhla, former head of the restoration department at the antiquities ministry.
Fathy Al-Ahmady, the head of the media committee for the event, said selecting the 15 people was a difficult task due to the large number of conservators with great skills and achievements, both practical and academic.
Meanwhile, Moataz Al-Husseiny, information officer at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, announced the launch of a Youtube channel called "Egyptian Conservators," as well as a quarterly journal by the same name.
Chairs Dezzi Bardeschi, the cultural programme coordinator at the UNWSCO Egypt office told Ahram Online that using state-of-the-art technology in conservation and providing developed techniques in restoring antiquities is very important for conservators in their direct relation with the authentic objects.
El-Enany during the celebration