The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities announced
that it has started the partial maintenance of the Iraqi Manuscript House in
Baghdad, while it lacks government funding for full maintenance.
The director of relations and information at the ministry’s General Authority for Antiquities, Tanhid Ali al-Mayahi, said, "The authority has started the maintenance of the Iraqi Manuscript House on Haifa Street in Baghdad, and a plan has been prepared to maintain it after monitoring the amounts of the operating budget and based on the periodic plans of the authority for the maintenance of important sites that contain national antiquities representing the heritage and civilization of the country.”
"The Iraqi Manuscript House is one of the important archaeological sites in the country. It contains some 45,000 valuable archaeological manuscripts dating back to different periods of time," she explained, pointing out that “the maintenance plan included maintenance of the house's floors, rehabilitation of the walls and treatment of the impact of moisture, as well as the maintenance of the windows.”
Mayahi added, "The maintenance work is partial and not full because of the limited amounts allocated within the budget."