The Baghdad Museum Project
Now linked to
over 3,800 museum records & images
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT!
HELP SAVE THE BAGHDAD MUSEUM
An Open Letter
to the Global Community
[First released April 18, 2003]
This is our call to help save the Baghdad
Your creative involvement is urgently needed.
As you know, the Baghdad Museum -- or the Iraq National
Museum in Baghdad -- has been looted, stripping it of a priceless
collection of cultural artifacts dating back to the dawn of civilization.
As you will see from the "museum walkthrough" presented
here, these are major historical treasures not only for the Iraqi
people but for all humanity as well.
How can we respond to this cultural catastrophe?
Let's use this as an opportunity to promote
better dialogue among our cultures!
The Baghdad Museum Project proposes a 4-part program
to not only help save the museum but also to bring about improved
relations in the international community. We propose to:
No matter what your area of expertise, you
bring something valuable to the table.
- Establish a comprehensive online
catalog of all cultural artifacts in the Baghdad Museum to
help locate them, discourage illegal dealing in these antiquities,
and encourage their safe return to the museum's curators in Baghdad.
- Create a virtual Baghdad Museum,
a content-rich website -- free to the general public -- based
on the Baghdad Museum collection, in order to stimulate cross-cultural
appreciation and dialogue. We anticipate that this site would feature
the best search and navigation tools, including interactive streaming
video, GIS, 3D navigation, and online classrooms.
- Build a 3D collaborative workspace within the virtual Baghdad Museum,
to allow international teams to work together on renovation designs, exhibit
layouts, and new building proposals for the museum in Baghdad,
as well as fundraising programs for construction and events.
- Establish a resource center for community cultural
development within the virtual Baghdad Museum,
offering experiences, ideas and success stories that show how people can
contribute creatively to their own culture, and thereby strengthen their
Your company, agency, organization, institution
or community has much to offer as well. A project like this
requires a full range of professional services and expert advice
in order to be a success. Your support will show the kind of leadership
role you can take on in these times of cultural turmoil.
According to Donny George, Director General of Restoration, Museum
of Baghdad, the most pressing need within Iraq
is curatorial support and funding for:
- If you are an author or researcher, we
ask that you post your work or commentary on our site for non-commercial
- If you have photographs of pieces
from the collection, we urge you to submit them for our online
- If you are a programmer or an IT professional,
we need project leads and programming teams.
- If you have been involved with the
Iraq National Museum, we need your help in creating the most realistic
online reproduction possible of the original museum space.
- If you are an artist, an architect,
a graphic designer, your creative contributions will be prominently
featured throughout this site.
We are committed to
mobilizing and sustaining the community that will help save the
Baghdad Museum. All we need is your active participation.
Thank you for your attention. Looking forward to your
The Baghdad Museum Project
Please respond directly to:
- a staff of 2,600 people nationwide;
- cars, office equipment, computers;
- a national survey of Iraqi arcaeological
- an assessment of conservation needs in
the museums throughout Iraq;
- conservation materials and supplies;
- curatorial and conservation coordination
We wish to thank the following organizations, media outlets, web sites,
academic and community leaders, and the remarkable self-starters who
have so far helped to circulate this appeal:
University, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
College Department of Art
- H-Museum (H-Net)
East Studies Association
- World Monuments Fund
Libraries, University at Buffalo, SUNY
- Arab German Consulting
60 Minutes II
International Council of Museums (UNESCO-ICOM)
- Institute of Art History, University
Libraries, University of Washington
- Nathan Light, University of Toledo
Power of Culture, Amsterdam
of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. State Department
- UCLA Library
- The Iraq Foundation
- Al-Hewar Center
- Jack Sasson
- Maria deJ. Ellis
- Iraq and the World, VOA Iraq
Television Service, hosted by Hazem Alghabra
- Arkitera.com, Istanbul (translated into Turkish)
- Bint Jebeil
- Links Arquitectura,
- Noticias Arquitectura
- Gateways to Babylon
- Adli Hawwari
- Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
- Anthony Joseph Geha Yuja
- Karolinska Institutet
- Petra Dünges
- Marianne Reynolds, Ph.D.
- Nada Massoud
di Studi Arabo Islamici e del Mediterraneo, University l'Orientale,
We also wish to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds
of people who have so far responded, in just the first few days
of this project, with kind offers of help and support in all areas
of this endeavor. This is a multi-sector project and a multidisciplinary
problem-solving effort, that has so far brought forth the active
participation of architects, planners, archaeologists, designers,
educators, programmers, researchers, students, community leaders,
artists, curators, collectors, dealers, law enforcement agents, activists,
religious leaders, writers, reporters, producers, docents, sponsors
All are invited to participate in this community
to save the Baghdad Museum and the shared historical memory it
represents. Please continue to write and volunteer.
Don't hesitate to contact us and we will share with you our concrete
needs as they develop. Stay tuned here for news of our progress.
We welcome your heartfelt responses and creative contributions.