Over the last 13 years the ITP has welcomed 276 museum professionals from 43 countries to the UK for a six week intensive training on museum practice, at the British Museum and UK partner venues. Those who attend the programme become a part of the ITP network and continue to work on projects with each other, the British Museum and UK partner venues.

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Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir

University of Pittsburgh

Dr Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include the reutilisation and museumification of religious heritage, collection and exhibition of emotionally charged artefacts, ethnographic investigations of converted historic religious buildings, and cultural heritage management of multi-layered sacred sites. Tugba is co-author of the publication Antagonistic Tolerance: A Comparative Analysis of Competitive Sharing of Religious Sites (Routledge, 2016), and is currently working on a new book project.…Read More
Research AssociateDepartment of Anthropology Country Turkey Website: https://pitt.academia.edu/TugbaTanyeriErdemir Website: http://%20%20https://metu.academia.edu/TugbaErdemir

Biography

Dr Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include the reutilisation and museumification of religious heritage, collection and exhibition of emotionally charged artefacts, ethnographic investigations of converted historic religious buildings, and cultural heritage management of multi-layered sacred sites.

Tugba is co-author of the publication Antagonistic Tolerance: A Comparative Analysis of Competitive Sharing of Religious Sites (Routledge, 2016), and is currently working on a new book project.

Until 2017, she served as Deputy Director of the Centre for Science and Society, Director of the Science and Technology Museum of the Middle East Technical University, and lecturer in the graduate programme on architectural history at Middle East Technical University, Ankara.

From 2007-10, she conducted the project Intellectual Mobility between Turkey and Europe: A History of Archaeology and Museology, funded by the Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey. She was the leader of the Turkish team of the FP7 project RELIGARE: Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe.

At the British Museum
While attending the International Training Programme in 2015, Tugba was based in the Department of Greece and Rome. Her UK Partner placement was spent with Glasgow Museums.

Tugba’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Between East and West: Mobility, Interaction and Authority in the Ancient World.

Tugba’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

Legacy Projects
In November 2015 Tugba attended the ITP Mumbai Workshop, Creating Museums of World Stories. The workshop was held at CSMVS and was attended by many ITP fellows from different years and countries, UK partners and British Museum Colleagues.

In October 2016 Tugba attended Learning, Engagement and Museums, a four day conference and workshop held at Cafesjian Centre for the Arts in Yerevan Armenia. The event was attended by 19 Armenian museum educators from 18 institutions, UK partner museum educators from Glasgow Museums, Manchester Art Gallery and The Collection; Lincoln and ITP fellow museum educators from Egypt, India, Lebanon and Turkey.

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Yolanda Theodoropoulou

The Acropolis Museum

Yolanda Theodoropoulou is a Front Desk Manager at The Acropolis Museum in Athens. Her background has been in administration in the building industry. As a coordinator of The Acropolis Museum, she is responsible for the management of over 20 staff members, including tickets sales, telephone, bookings, and information desk. Yolanda has additionally collected and analysed museum visitor data, and has participated in several government training programmes with the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government in Athens.…Read More
Front Desk Manager Country Greece

Biography

Yolanda Theodoropoulou is a Front Desk Manager at The Acropolis Museum in Athens. Her background has been in administration in the building industry.
As a coordinator of The Acropolis Museum, she is responsible for the management of over 20 staff members, including tickets sales, telephone, bookings, and information desk. Yolanda has additionally collected and analysed museum visitor data, and has participated in several government training programmes with the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government in Athens.

Yolanda strongly believes that all fellows of the ITP share the same goal: ‘the protection and diffusion of our cultural heritage’.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Yolanda was based in the Department of Greece and Rome. Her UK Partner Museum was Birmingham Museums Trust.

Yolanda’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Exploring the Beauty of the Lysikrates Monument.

Yolanda’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by Mary and Michael Jaharis.

Continued Dialogue
Since completing the Summer Programme Yolanda has welcomed many ITP fellows and course facilitators to The Acropolis Museum, Athens. Yolanda visited Egypt in 2017 and reconnected with fellow Shreen Taher (ITP 2016, Egypt).

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Cherry Thinn

Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, Myanmar

Cherry holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Distance Education (Yangon) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museology from National University of Arts and Culture (Yangon). She has contributed to national and international special exhibitions and the upgrading of permanent displays in cultural and archaeological museums under the Department of Archaeology and National Museum.…Read More
Assistant CuratorHalin Archaeological Museum Country Myanmar

Biography

Cherry holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Distance Education (Yangon) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museology from National University of Arts and Culture (Yangon). She has contributed to national and international special exhibitions and the upgrading of permanent displays in cultural and archaeological museums under the Department of Archaeology and National Museum. Cherry worked with colleagues at the National Museum (Nay Pyi Taw) from 2010 to 2016.

Since 2016 Cherry has been working for Halin Archaeological Museum as an Assistant Curator. Her principle responsibility in this role is curatorial works for the Archaeological Museum, focusing on the Prehistoric and Proto-historic Period Burial Site Museums and Stone Inscription Shelter in Halin. At these sites Cherry has a diverse range of responsibilities including acquisitions, documentation, public education, conducting special exhibitions in the Archaeological museum and looking after the collections.

Cherry conducts research on the study of Myanmar Gems Museum, the current situation of Nat Beliefs in Myanmar houses and the educational role at the National Museum. More recently she has collaborated with colleagues from the Institute of Earth Science, Academia Sinica to analyse the composition of objects made from stone, glass and metal, as a result of finds from a Myanmar-French excavation team.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme, Cherry was based in the Asia Department and her partner placement was spent at Glasgow Museums.

Cherry worked with Rema Zeynalova (Azerbaijan) on her Object in Focus project, Journey Towards Eternity.

Cherry’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Charles Wallace Burma Trust.

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Elnzeer Tirab

Khalifa House

Elnzeer has a master in Folklore Science and is interested in oral history and ethnographic collections. Previous to his current role Elnzeer conducted research in western Sudan and worked in the Nyala Museum. In his current role Elnzeer is responsible for the daily supervision of the museum, conducting museum tours and official visits and the documentation of the collection.…Read More
Curator Country Sudan

Biography

Elnzeer has a master in Folklore Science and is interested in oral history and ethnographic collections. Previous to his current role Elnzeer conducted research in western Sudan and worked in the Nyala Museum.

In his current role Elnzeer is responsible for the daily supervision of the museum, conducting museum tours and official visits and the documentation of the collection.

Elnzeer is currently researching objects from the Ethnographic Collections in Khalifa House and documenting the Mahdiys objects, kept in the store rooms.

Elnzeer hopes to develop his knowledge of marketing, fundraising, education and exhibitions.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme 2017, Elnzeer was based in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan and spent his partner placement at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford.

Elnzeer worked with fellow Qurat ul Ain (Student, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Italy) on her exhibition proposal project, entitled Path of Renunciation: Clothing as Symbol of Ascetic Life.

Elnzeer’s participation on the International Training Programme was supported by the Salomon Oppenheimer Philanthropic Foundation.

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Salminah Tshabalala

Barberton Museum

Salminah is the Principal Museum Human Scientist at the Baberton Museum in Barberton, South Africa. She previously worked as an Assistant Director, for the Archives of the Mpumalanga Provincial Government.Read More
Principal Museum Human Scientist Country South Africa

Biography

Salminah is the Principal Museum Human Scientist at the Baberton Museum in Barberton, South Africa. She previously worked as an Assistant Director, for the Archives of the Mpumalanga Provincial Government.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2007, Saliminah was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and her partner placement was spent at the Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.

Salminah’s participation on the International Training Programme in 2008 was supported through a partnership between the Department for Culture Media and Sport (UK) and the Department of Arts and Culture (RSA).

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Ntombovuyo Tywakadi

Iziko Museums of South Africa

Ntombovuyo holds a BA in Anthropology, Psychology and Language and Communication Studies. She is a self-motivated collections assistant in the Social History Department at Iziko Museums of South Africa. Ntombovuyo has an Office Administration certificate and more than 10 years of experience in museums, acquiring skills in Collections Management, conservation, supervising contract workers and interns, and working with the public.…Read More
Collections Assistant Country South Africa

Biography

Ntombovuyo holds a BA in Anthropology, Psychology and Language and Communication Studies. She is a self-motivated collections assistant in the Social History Department at Iziko Museums of South Africa. Ntombovuyo has an Office Administration certificate and more than 10 years of experience in museums, acquiring skills in Collections Management, conservation, supervising contract workers and interns, and working with the public. Her goals include becoming a Collections Manager or Curator of collections as she would like to continue working actively with museum collections. Ntombovuyo has undertaken training in house at her museum and through the ITP.

In her role as Museum Collections Assistant: Social History Unit at Iziko Museums of South Africa (an Agency of Department of Arts and Culture) her duties include; handling and cleaning museum artifacts: record keeping digitized lists, catalogue cards: logos-flow database: accessioning new acquisition (Listing, numbering, tagging, photography): packing collections for storage and exhibitions: contributing to quarterly reports: basic digital photography: principles of safety and security of collections: being physically fit and able to carry heavy objects: retrieve objects for exhibitions, loans and research: mentor and coach collections staff (contract workers and interns).

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Ntombovuyo was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and her partner placement was spent at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Ntombovuyo’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Customs in South Africa: a Significance of Totemism to Kin Groups.

Ntombovuyo’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by Lady Keswick.

Legacy Projects
In December 2017 Ntombovuyo attended the ITP+ course on Photography and Documentation. In a workshop spread over a 5 day period, fellows attended seminars, creative workshops, hands-on sessions and practical working groups with colleagues from the British Museum. The aim of the course was to further the professional development and reconnect the alumni from the summer programme.

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Chantal Umuhoza

Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR)

Chantal Umuhoza obtained a bachelor’s degree in bio-chemistry in 2008 from the Kigali Institute of Education. Before joining the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) as curator in 2012 she was a high school teacher of Biology at Lycee de Kigali for four years. In collaboration with the museum research team and the museum designers, Chantal organises creative exhibitions (both permanent and temporary exhibitions), and is currently responsible for objects used in exhibitions.…Read More
Curator Country Rwanda

Biography

Chantal Umuhoza obtained a bachelor’s degree in bio-chemistry in 2008 from the Kigali Institute of Education. Before joining the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) as curator in 2012 she was a high school teacher of Biology at Lycee de Kigali for four years.

In collaboration with the museum research team and the museum designers, Chantal organises creative exhibitions (both permanent and temporary exhibitions), and is currently responsible for objects used in exhibitions. She works in collection management by making catalogues and completing object inventories, including collection accountability, insurance, safety and the need for conservation and preservation of collections. Chantal also assists with the process of acquiring new objects, including selecting objects to bring to the museum, conducting research on selected objects for documentation and completing acquisition records. Chantal is also a part of the de-accessioning process.

She is interested in projects dealing with insects’ biodiversity and conservation, and is currently working on a project to create a temporary exhibition on insects at the Museum of Environment. The exhibition will aim to help visitors, especially students, learn more about insects, and the need to protect them. Chantal is passionate about exhibitions across Rwanda; after the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda there was only one museum whereas today Chantal is part of a large team working across 8 museums under INMR.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme, Chantal was based in the Department Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and spent her partner placement at National Museums Northern Ireland.

Chantal worked with Huyam Khalid Mohammed (Sudan) on her Object in Focus project, Life after Death: A Chinese tomb figure.

Chantal’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Aall Foundation.

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Ruchira Verma

Culture Collective

Ruchira Verma is a partner in Culture Collective which aims to make collections accessible to the public through helping set up museums and designing effective programming to improve audience engagement. Her research background is in cultural studies and art history with a specialisation in contemporary Indian art, and has previously worked at a contemporary art gallery based in New Delhi.…Read More
Partner Country India

Biography

Ruchira Verma is a partner in Culture Collective which aims to make collections accessible to the public through helping set up museums and designing effective programming to improve audience engagement. Her research background is in cultural studies and art history with a specialisation in contemporary Indian art, and has previously worked at a contemporary art gallery based in New Delhi.

Previously Ruchira was a Project Manager at The National Museum in New Delhi where she was part of team that moved from one project to another and in the process rotated between departments. In this capacity she has handled visitor programmes, educational programmes and the coordination for a gallery renovation. Her responsibilities included the co-coordination of the Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination, a research project with India Foundation for the Art, Bangalore and handling the National Museum Twitter and Instagram accounts and strategising the Museum’s online presence.
She also teaches Research Methodology part-time at the College of Art, New Delhi.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Ruchira was based in the Department of Asia. Her UK Partner Museum was The Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.

Ruchira’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Rath Yatra: the Cosmic Journey of Lord Jagannath.

Ruchira’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the British Museum Trust.

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Barbara Vujanović

Meštrović Atelier (The Ivan Meštrović Museums)

Barbara Vujanović is a Senior Curator at the Meštrović Atelier (The Ivan Meštrović Museums) in Zagreb. Her research background is in art history and French language and literature and she is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on 'The classical elements in the work of Ivan Meštrović'. Since participating in the ITP, Barbara has presented the exhibitions Ivan Meštrović: Adriatic Epopee and MEŠTART: TANJA RAVLIĆ – “ARRIVAL”.…Read More
Senior Curator Country Croatia

Biography

Barbara Vujanović is a Senior Curator at the Meštrović Atelier (The Ivan Meštrović Museums) in Zagreb. Her research background is in art history and French language and literature and she is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on ‘The classical elements in the work of Ivan Meštrović’.

Since participating in the ITP, Barbara has presented the exhibitions Ivan Meštrović: Adriatic Epopee and MEŠTART: TANJA RAVLIĆ – “ARRIVAL”. She regularly publishes reviews and articles, writes prefaces for catalogues and devises the curatorial conceptions for independent and group exhibitions of 19th, 20th century and contemporary art. She has also presented research on the life and work of Ivan Mestrovic at conferences in Croatia as well as abroad in the United Kingdom, France, China, Czech Republic, Latvia and Malta.

In 2017, Barbara presented alongside fellow 2016 ITP participant Ana Šverko on the experience and knowledge gained during their time at the British Museum in a lecture organised by Prokultura: Observatory of Cultural Politics, Ivan Mestrovic Museums and Art History Institute, and the Centre Cvito Fisković.

Barbara is co-author and co-curator on the British Museum’s 2018 exhibition Rodin and the art of Ancient Greece.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Barbara was based in the Department of Greece and Rome. Her UK Partner Museum was The Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.

Barbara’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Power and the Meaning of the Fragment.

Barbara’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the John Armitage Trust.

Legacy Projects
As a result of her exhibition project proposal, and her curatorial expertise, Barbara was invited back to the British Museum in 2017 to help deliver a Spotlight Loan Project. To coincide with the British Museum’s blockbuster exhibition Rodin and the art of ancient Greece, Barbara worked on Rodin: rethinking the fragment, which toured to three UK venues – Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal; Holburne Museum, Bath and The New Art Gallery, Walsall – from summer 2018 – 2019.

Barbara has returned to the British Museum many times and visited BM UK partner venues to participate in meetings, conduct research and deliver curator’s talks.

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Yi Wang

Art and Archaeology Museum

Yi Wang works in the Art and Archaeology Museum at Zhejiang University. He has enjoyed previous roles as Deputy Section Head of the Information Centre at the China National Silk Museum and as Programme Officer for ICOMOS China.Read More
Zhejiang University Country China

Biography

Yi Wang works in the Art and Archaeology Museum at Zhejiang University. He has enjoyed previous roles as Deputy Section Head of the Information Centre at the China National Silk Museum and as Programme Officer for ICOMOS China.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2006, Yi Wang was based in the Department of Asia and his partner placement was at the National Museum of Wales.

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Zhan Wang

National Museum of China

Zhan is currently working as Vice Section Chief and Associate Professor in the Department of Collections at the National Museum of China in Beijing. Zhan has published papers on research concerning Chinese furniture, tables, and rubbings. Starting in 2016, she has also been conducting research on ancient Chinese painting and calligraphy. At the British Museum During her time on the International Training Programme in 2009, Zhan was based in the Department of Asia and her partner placement was spent at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums in Newcastle.…Read More
Vice Section Chief / Associate ProfessorDepartment of Collections Country China

Biography

Zhan is currently working as Vice Section Chief and Associate Professor in the Department of Collections at the National Museum of China in Beijing. Zhan has published papers on research concerning Chinese furniture, tables, and rubbings. Starting in 2016, she has also been conducting research on ancient Chinese painting and calligraphy.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2009, Zhan was based in the Department of Asia and her partner placement was spent at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums in Newcastle.

Zhan’s exhibition project proposal, with colleague Jing Zhao, was entitled Tea Culture in the Song Dynasty.

Zhan’s participation on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the National Museum of China

Legacy projects
In March 2010 Zhan attended the Cairo Conference Towards a global network where she presented a paper on what she had gained, both professionally and personally, from attending the ITP and her career development since the programme.

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Guo Xifeng

Shanxi Museum

Guo Xifeng lives in Shanxi Province, China, which is regarded as the cradle of the ancient Chinese civilisation. Guo Xifeng describes herself as independent, diligent and persistent but a little introverted. She majored in Museology for her Bachelor and Master’s degree at Shanxi University. Since completing her studies she started work at Shanxi Museum in July 2008.…Read More
Exhibitions Planner Country China

Biography

Guo Xifeng lives in Shanxi Province, China, which is regarded as the cradle of the ancient Chinese civilisation. Guo Xifeng describes herself as independent, diligent and persistent but a little introverted.

She majored in Museology for her Bachelor and Master’s degree at Shanxi University. Since completing her studies she started work at Shanxi Museum in July 2008. She is an exhibition planner and is also responsible for touring exhibitions and objects loaned to other museums.

Guo Xifeng has worked in the Development Department of Shanxi Museum for 9 years. Her main responsibility is planning exhibitions. As an exhibition planner her role includes planning the content of exhibitions, communicating with partners, writing the text, coordinating the work of relevant departments, editing publications, editing demo content for electronic equipment, handing over or taking over exhibits, installing or de-installing exhibitions and so on. So she has been in charge of approximately 20 exhibitions. Guo Xifeng also manages touring exhibitions and objects loaned to other museums.
Guo Xifeng enjoyed her major in Museology and loves her job.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme 2017, Guo Xifeng was based in the Asia Department and she spent her partner placement with Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Guo worked with fellow Beimote Ngozi Etim (Education Officer, Currency Museum, Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria) on her exhibition proposal project, entitled Casting Civilisations: The Art of Bronze Making in China and Nigeria.

Guo Xifeng’s participation on the International Training Programme was supported by the Sino-British Fellowship Trust.

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Yin Xu

Art Exhibitions China

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Curator Country China

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Dai Xuejing

Shandong Museum

Dai Xuejing works as an Educator in the Department of Education and Publicity at Shandong Museum. Xuejing has been working as a museum professional for nine years, fulfilling roles as a museum interpreter, teacher, volunteer manager, English translator, and interpreter. This year, she began to work with 24 museum docents to offer visitor-friendly museum guide. She hopes to communicate with ITPers about the way of interpreting museum exhibitions.…Read More
EducatorEducation and Publicity Country China Website: http://www.sdmuseum.com/english/

Biography

Dai Xuejing works as an Educator in the Department of Education and Publicity at Shandong Museum. Xuejing has been working as a museum professional for nine years, fulfilling roles as a museum interpreter, teacher, volunteer manager, English translator, and interpreter. This year, she began to work with 24 museum docents to offer visitor-friendly museum guide. She hopes to communicate with ITPers about the way of interpreting museum exhibitions.
Xuejing is currently a PhD candidate in Archaeology with Shandong University. Her research focus is the ethics of protecting and utilizing archaeological heritage. Though it is a new topic in China, it has attracted great attention from researchers at broad. She would like to extend her gratitude to those who would have some discussions with her on this topic!

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2015, Xuejing was based in the Asia Department. Her UK Partner was Glasgow Museums.

Xuejing ‘s exhibition project proposal was entitled Craftsmanship in Ancient China: Lacquer wine cup cradled in Han Empire.

Xuejing’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Sino-British Fellowship Trust and an anonymous gift.

Legacy Projects
Xuejing attended the ITP 10th anniversary workshop in Mumbai in 2015: Creating museums of world stories. In 2016, she attended Leicester University’s Museum Studies 50th anniversary conference The Museum in the Global Contemporary: Debating the Museum of Now with the ITP team and fellows from Egypt, Turkey and Uganda.

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Nurcan Yalman

Nisantasi University

Nurcan is an experienced prehistorian/archaeologist based in Istanbul. She completed her PhD on ethno-archaeology at the Istanbul University in 2005. Nurcan has taken part in many excavation projects, including her longest serving project Çatalhöyük (1994-2011). She was appointed as the scientific supervisor/curator of the exhibition From Earth to Eternity: Çatalhöyük in Istanbul and has participated in various stages of the exhibition, making decisions on the archaeological display, the theme, the usage of visual media, the selection of the archaeological material and on the design process of the exhibitions (2005-6).…Read More
Assistant ProfessorDepartment of History Country Turkey

Biography

Nurcan is an experienced prehistorian/archaeologist based in Istanbul. She completed her PhD on ethno-archaeology at the Istanbul University in 2005. Nurcan has taken part in many excavation projects, including her longest serving project Çatalhöyük (1994-2011). She was appointed as the scientific supervisor/curator of the exhibition From Earth to Eternity: Çatalhöyük in Istanbul and has participated in various stages of the exhibition, making decisions on the archaeological display, the theme, the usage of visual media, the selection of the archaeological material and on the design process of the exhibitions (2005-6).

She has given several courses on archaeology in Kadir Has University and Mimar Sinan University, and many seminars and conferences on related subjects. Currently she works at Istanbul Nişantaşı University, Department of History as assistant professor and gives four courses (Archaeology I-II, History of Religion, Seminars on the Ancient History, History of Culture Institutions) here.

Since 2011, she has been focusing on cultural heritage studies (mainly interested in the community engagement) and joined the projects of CIE-Center for International Heritage Activities in Leiden, The Netherlands. Nurcan has worked with CIE as an advisor for a number of years and has taken a leading role in many of the field schools and identification missions such as those in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. She was also involved in developing sustainable heritage education programmes in Turkey and Tanzania.

Nurcan served as an Executive Board Member for the European Association of Archaeologists and was appointed as the vice president from 2013-2016. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Cultural Awareness Foundation in Istanbul. Currently Nurcan teaches archaeology classes within a program called Archaeology for Everyone for non-academic adults.

Nurcan has also conducted an intangible heritage project in Istanbul titled Bazaars and Stories in the Istanbul Grand Bazaar together with CIE and Cultural Awareness Foundation, with a small team consisting of four students.

Currently Nurcan works as an Assistant Professor, lecturing on subjects including archaeology, history of religion and history of cultural institutions.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme 2017, Nurcan was based in the Department of Greece and Rome and spent her partner placement at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums in Newcastle.

Nurcan’s exhibition proposal project was entitled The Domestication of Fear.

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Meltem Yaşdağ

Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ankara

Meltem is an Art and Architectural Historian, Culture and Tourism Expert for the Turkish General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums. She deals with issues concerning temporary and continuous museum exhibitions, new techniques for object displays and the connection between cultural heritage sites and museums. Meltem has been preparing for associate professorship exams in the area of museum and cultural heritage studies since last year.…Read More
Culture and Tourism Expert Country Turkey

Biography

Meltem is an Art and Architectural Historian, Culture and Tourism Expert for the Turkish General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums. She deals with issues concerning temporary and continuous museum exhibitions, new techniques for object displays and the connection between cultural heritage sites and museums.

Meltem has been preparing for associate professorship exams in the area of museum and cultural heritage studies since last year. After completed her PhD, she continues to engage with an academic career through writing new publications and holding seminars about museum exhibition, oral history work and museology, cultural heritage sites and museums etc. studies. Both private and government museums in Turkey are accountable to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and in accordance with the Ministry of Education, museum efforts are focused on the role of museums in education. Within this context Meltem aims to make museums more accessible and useful for the children and local people, who live in the area of protected heritage sites. She also works on the concept of living social museums through her seminars and training programmes.

Meltem is also interested in museum architecture associated with museum collections.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2011, Meltem was based in the Greece and Rome Department and her partner placement was spent at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Meltem’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Persephone: The daughter of Knidus.

Continued Dialogue
Since the 2011 ITP summer programme, Meltem has collaborated with ITP directors for the blog and also with 2011 ITP fellows from Palestine and India for professional support. For her academic and Ministry projects about museology, she continues her communication with Bristol Museums, People’s History Museum and Manchester Museums and uses visual and written material from these museums, which were taken during the 2011 ITP summer programme.

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Mehmet Yildiz

Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum

Mehmet works as a specialist in the Department of Anthropology at the Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum. He has a PhD on Milas Prehistoric pottery from Ankara University.Read More
SpecialistArchaeology Country Turkey Website: https://ankara.academia.edu/MehmetY%C4%B1ld%C4%B1z

Biography

Mehmet works as a specialist in the Department of Anthropology at the Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum. He has a PhD on Milas Prehistoric pottery from Ankara University.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2007, Mehmet was based in the Department of Greece & Rome and his partner placement was spent at the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Newcastle.

Legacy Projects
In March 2010 Mehmet attended the Cairo Conference Towards a global network where he presented a paper on what he had gained, both professionally and personally, from attending the ITP and his career development since the programme.

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İrem Yıldız

Rutgers University, Newark

Irem’s professional interest in museum studies started when she received her B.A. degree from Bilkent University, Department of Archaeology and History of Art in 2006 (TR). She was an intern on the Hacımusalar Archaeological Excavation and in the Rahmi M. Koç Industrial Museum Curatorial Department (TR). She was able to work with objects, material culture, displays, narration and began to consider how objects should be represented in museums.…Read More
Visiting Scholar

Biography

Irem’s professional interest in museum studies started when she received her B.A. degree from Bilkent University, Department of Archaeology and History of Art in 2006 (TR). She was an intern on the Hacımusalar Archaeological Excavation and in the Rahmi M. Koç Industrial Museum Curatorial Department (TR). She was able to work with objects, material culture, displays, narration and began to consider how objects should be represented in museums.

During her MBA project at the Istanbul Bilgi University (TR), Irem focused on how museums in Turkey can be compatible with marketing tools in today’s competitive environment. During her second MA degree with Istanbul Bilgi University her thesis was entitled From the Anthropologized Native to the Exhibited ‘Savage’: Ethnographic Exhibitions at the Victorian Spectacle During the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century. In this research, Irem focused on the use of anthropology as a political tool by the British Empire during the production of colonial discourse as well as the history, content and public presentation of ‘blackness’ in the ethnographic exhibits during the first half of the nineteenth century.

Irem’s research interests lie in the field of historical museology, European collecting practices, Islamic material culture and the postcolonial theory. She has been writing an article on the history of ethnographic exhibitions and their relations to the disability studies. Recently, she is an affiliated visiting scholar at the Rutgers University in the Department of History, Newark (USA) and working on the history of disability during the late Ottoman period. She is focusing primarily on late Ottoman social and political history, and the history of the body, medicine, and gender in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Her career goal is to be part of the academic and museum community in order to train future students, curate exhibitions as well as to conduct academic research to contribute to museum studies, social sciences and humanities.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme 2017, Irem was based in the Department of Greece and Rome and spent her partner placement at Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.

Irem worked with fellow J.M. Gandhimathi (Curator: Arts Section, Government Museum Chennai, India) on her exhibition proposal project, entitled Being in Time and Space.

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Hind Younes

Ministry of Culture – Directorate General of Antiquities

Hind studied archaeology in Lebanon and Belgium and has a BA degree in archaeology from the American University of Beirut and a masters degree in ancient near eastern archaeology from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven. She is currently working toward a second masters degree in museography and conservation techniques at the Lebanese University. Outside of studying Hind has participated in many urban excavations in Beirut and north Lebanon and has also worked as a research assistant in the archaeological museum of the Amercian University of Beirut.…Read More
ArchaeologistMuseum Section Country Lebanon

Biography

Hind studied archaeology in Lebanon and Belgium and has a BA degree in archaeology from the American University of Beirut and a masters degree in ancient near eastern archaeology from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven. She is currently working toward a second masters degree in museography and conservation techniques at the Lebanese University. Outside of studying Hind has participated in many urban excavations in Beirut and north Lebanon and has also worked as a research assistant in the archaeological museum of the Amercian University of Beirut.

Hind now works as a museum assistant at the Archaeological Museum of the American University of Beirut, and is employed in a governmental institution at the Directorate General of Antiquities.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2012, Hind was based in the Middle East Department and her partner placement was spent at The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire and Nottingham University Museum.

Hind’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Footprints.

Photo of Elghazafi Yousif Eshag Abdallah

Elghazafi Yousif Eshag Abdallah

Sudan National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums

Yousif is an archaeologist, particularly interested in the production of ceramics across different Sudanese civilisations. Working in the Documentaiton section, Elghazafi and his colleagues oversee the registration of new objects coming in from archaeological fieldwork each year. He uses an electronic database as well as a print register. In 2016 Yousif began conducting researching for his post-doctoral studies at the University of Neuchâtel.…Read More
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Biography

Yousif is an archaeologist, particularly interested in the production of ceramics across different Sudanese civilisations. Working in the Documentaiton section, Elghazafi and his colleagues oversee the registration of new objects coming in from archaeological fieldwork each year. He uses an electronic database as well as a print register.

In 2016 Yousif began conducting researching for his post-doctoral studies at the University of Neuchâtel. In the same year he participated in a British Museum mission at Alkawa archaeological excavation in Sudan.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2013, Elghazafi was based in the Department of Ancient Egypt & Sudan, and his partner placement was spent at Birmingham Museums Trust.

Yousif’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Kaskara – The Sword of Ali Dinar, Last Sultan of Darfur.