Daw'an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation
مؤسسة دوعن للعمارة الطينية
Qu‘aiti Palace & Museum
Date: 2020 - 2021   |   
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Qu‘aiti Palace &Museum
The Qu‘aiti Palace: Museum and Centre for Archaeological Research in Mukalla

Al-Mukalla museum is located inside the palace built in the 1920s during the British protectorate period when Mukalla was the capital of the Qu‘aiti Sultanate. The museum was originally housed in a small building built in the early 1960s adjacent to the Palace. After the fall of the Sultanate, the new administration of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, PDRY, relocated the museum to the Palace.
The museum was neglected with its structure dilapidating over the past several decades. There are five rooms on the ground floor with paintings, carved stone statues, statuettes and other items that date back to the Old Kingdoms of Yemen and Hadramut. The first floor of the Museum houses items from the Sultanate era. The collection was subject to extensive damage after the premises were raided by al-Qaida 2015.

The current project is working with the museum director and team to develop a plan to safeguard and protect the museum’s collection and to set up the exhibition programme, after consultation with curators and specialists. A workshop will be organised, and a strategy to set up and support an educational learning centre for the children of the community.

The project 'Postwar Reconstruction in Yemen' was implemented by Daw‘an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation in partnership with the Cultural Emergency Response Network of the Prince Claus Fund in the Netherlands and the Office of the Governor of Hadramut.
The project was funded by the British Council's Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
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