That is from the EU ambassador to Egypt, showing they are building a management plan with the aim of becoming a WHS.
a. It appears that this has been in the public domain
for around 1 year
b. The future position of the "Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
" (a.k.a "Egyptian Museum" and "Museum of Cairo") is somewhat unclear given the construction and imminent opening of the new "Grand Egyptian Museum
" (a.k.a "GEM" and "Giza Museum") a few miles away. Apparently the Tutankhamun findings have already been/are being moved to the new building.
c. It seems that the view is that the "old" museum will continue in existence as a significant player in displaying Egyptian artefacts - and indeed that there are plenty of currently undisplayed findings which can replace articles moved to Giza. But isn't the old museum always going to have a slightly "second best" atmosphere once the new museum is fully operating?
d. The EU grant seems to be intended to address this issue both by refurbishment of the old building and the introduction of new aspects and ways of display and imparting information . So the project is called "Transforming the Egyptian Museum of Cairo
e. The recent (17 June 2019) full EU release
indicates that the intention to go for UNESCO status is backed by the EU - "This project will also advise on new approaches to the collection's exhibition, and it will provide the platform for an application to UNESCO to recognise the EMC as a World Heritage Site
" . And this local article
with the same date line- "The grant will be implemented in cooperation with European experts in museums and museum exhibition curation in order to enhance the Egyptian Museum and improve its efficiency and improve the experience of Egyptian and foreign visitors and to enhance the museum's economic impact and place it on the UNESCO World Heritage List."
f. One presumes that the EU "knows" what it is doing and has discussed the issue with ICOMOS etc? What could the case in favour of WHS inscription be? Purpose-built Museums etc have already been inscribed e,g Berlin's Museuminsel and it looks as if the Prado Complex might be gaining inscription in the near future. Officially the contents of the museum should not form a part of the claimed OUV since it is "moveable heritage" but this somewhat artificial distinction has been s;ightly muddied by the ICOMOS comment in its Museuminsel evaluation "The urban and architectural values of the Museuminsel are inseparable from the important museum collections which they house which bear witness to the evolution of civilization. The connection is a direct one since the architectural spaces in each museum were designed in an organic relationship with the collections on display
g. The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities was certainly designed and built with the collections in mind . It was built in 1901 and reflects its era - but I wouldn't have thought that it had any particular claim to importance in its design (and have been unable to find any such claims on the Web). It was of course designed before the Tutenkhamun discoveries (1922) so these had to be shoehorned in at a later date and were indeed always badly displayed. Their removal couldn't be said to detract from its authenticity. But other articles will presumably also be being moved to the new museum? Perhaps nothing of great signficiance given that its prime purpose seems to be to display the Tutenkhamun discoveries. The Ramasses statue already moved from the roundabout outside the old museum doesn't count!
h. One possible claim to uniqueness/significance could be a claim that this building represented the first time that a museum was built in the land where the discoveries were made - Museuminsel, British Museum etc etc all reflected the idea that the great empires would display articles which they had taken from around the world.
It will be interesting to see if the Nomination ever takes off! One might have thought/hoped that Egypt would have given greater priority to getting more of its archaeological sites onto the WHS list than in pursuing this rather strange and unnecessary one.