Over the last 14 years the ITP has welcomed 299 museum professionals from 48 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.

To contact a particular fellow, please email us and add the name to the subject title.

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Farhad Sediqy

National Museum of Afghanistan

Farhad is a Curator of the Numismatic Collection at the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul. His role involves collection management, including the packing, storing and display of objects. Farhad is also interested in the planning and design of exhibitions. Farhad’s specialism lies in Kushan and Islamic coins.Read More
CuratorNumismatics Country Afghanistan

Biography

Farhad is a Curator of the Numismatic Collection at the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul. His role involves collection management, including the packing, storing and display of objects. Farhad is also interested in the planning and design of exhibitions. Farhad’s specialism lies in Kushan and Islamic coins.

He writes and edits texts for publications.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2011, Farhad was based in the Middle East Department. His exhibition project proposal was entitled Crossroads of the ancient world.

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Dilek Karaaziz Şener

Hacettepe Art Museum

Dilek received her BA, MA and PhD from Ankara University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Art History. She began working in the cultural sector in 2010 as an assistant curator for contemporary art exhibition Little Black Fish and in 2015 took on the role of curator, working on the exhibition, How Should a War Be Remembered?…Read More
Vice Director Country Turkey

Biography

Dilek received her BA, MA and PhD from Ankara University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Art History. She began working in the cultural sector in 2010 as an assistant curator for contemporary art exhibition Little Black Fish and in 2015 took on the role of curator, working on the exhibition, How Should a War Be Remembered? In the same year, she was appointed by the Legislative Assembly of Northern Cyprus to the management of Dr. Fazil Küçük Museum project, which was completed in 2016. In 2017, in Ankara at CerModern, Dilek assumed the curatorship of Hacettepe Art Museum The New Collection – Tomorrow is Built from This Day exhibition and In Void exhibition at Çankaya Municipality Contemporary Arts Centre.

Currently, Dilek is working on many projects. She is a member of International Association of Art Critics Turkey (AICA-TR) and is writing for Rh, Yenidüzen (Cyprus), and Istanbul Art News magazines. As an art writer she also publishes books, and articles for various magazines about the theories and practices in contemporary art, art history and museology.

She teaches courses, as a senior lecturer and researcher, in Art History, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, Contemporary Art, and Mythology at Hacettepe University. At the same university Dilek also works as a part-time instructor for art management, and art history in the Fine Art Faculty.

Dilek is the vice director of Hacettepe Art Museum, a museum which she has been the assistant manager of since 2005. Dilek organises conceptual exhibitions in different spaces using the museum’s collections. She works with artists on these projects to enrich the museum collection. Dilek looks after the inventory, storage, presentation of the museum and museum education.

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

Dilek worked with Mariana Sainz (Mexico) on her Object in Focus project, Ceremonial Journey: How a tradition came from Egypt to Sudan.

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

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Firouzeh Sepidnameh

National Museum of Iran

Firouzeh works as a curator for the Seals and Coins Department in the National Museum of Iran.Read More
CuratorSeals and Coins Country Iran

Biography

Firouzeh works as a curator for the Seals and Coins Department in the National Museum of Iran.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2007, Firouzeh was based in the Middle East Department and her partner placement was spent at the National Museum Wales.

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Rajeshwari Shah

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

Rajeshwari began her career in the cultural sector after completing her Masters in History of Art. After finishing her Masters at the National Museum Institute she became an intern in the Department of Paintings at the National Museum, New Delhi. She then worked at the museum on various exhibitions and the renovation of the new permanent gallery of Indian miniature painting.…Read More
Tagore National Scholar Country India

Biography

Rajeshwari began her career in the cultural sector after completing her Masters in History of Art. After finishing her Masters at the National Museum Institute she became an intern in the Department of Paintings at the National Museum, New Delhi. She then worked at the museum on various exhibitions and the renovation of the new permanent gallery of Indian miniature painting. Rajeshwari also worked with the National Museum to produce several publications related to miniature paintings from the collection.

Rajeshwari was selected as the Norma Jean Calderwood Intern for the Department of Islamic and Later Indian Art at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums. Upon completing her internship she received a one-year Baird fellowship from Harvard University Art Museums. She then went as a visiting scholar to the Freer and Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. She subsequently worked as a research assistant with the Shahanama Project at the University of Cambridge. When this position came to an end Rajeshwari became an independent curator and arts researcher for museums across India and other arts institutions. She has worked as a consultant editor for the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. In 2016, she received the prestigious Tagore National Scholarship from the Government of India to work on the Deccan Miniatures in the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad. In this role Rajeshwari is presently writing a catalogue of her research.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2012, Rajeshwari was based in the Asia Department and her partner placement was spent at Glasgow Museums.

Rajeshwari’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Continuing Tradition which explored the miniature painting tradition through the lens of contemporary artists in different countries.

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Zarmeene Shah

Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture

Since 2017, Zarmeene Shah has been Head of Liberal Arts at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. With a research focus on contemporary art and continental and semiotic theory, she is particularly interested in performance and new media, the body, and the political in art. Zarmeene completed her MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies at Columbia University, New York, in 2010.…Read More
Head of Liberal Arts Country Pakistan

Biography

Since 2017, Zarmeene Shah has been Head of Liberal Arts at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. With a research focus on contemporary art and continental and semiotic theory, she is particularly interested in performance and new media, the body, and the political in art.

Zarmeene completed her MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies at Columbia University, New York, in 2010. She has freelanced as a curator and critic, contributing to publications including The Herald Pakistan, ArtAsiaPacific, ArtReview and ArtReview Asia magazines. Her previous positions include Assistant Director & Curator at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Chief Curator of the IVS Gallery in Karachi, and Independent Consultant for South Asian Art for the CCA Derry – Londonderry.

Her curatorial work includes providing the conceptual and theoretical underpinning for exhibitions, planning exhibitions from conception to execution, and acting as liaison between gallery or institution and artist.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2015, Zarmeene was based in the Asia Department. Her UK Partner placement was spent with Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery..

Zarmeene’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Culture and Conflict: the Woven Narrative of the Afghan War Rug.

Zarmeene’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust, the British Council and the Rangoonwala Foundation.

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Xia Sheng

Arts Exhibitions China

Xia Sheng works in the exhibitions department at Arts Exhibitions China. Her main duties include contacting and coordinating with museums and other institutions in relation to their exhibitions programme. Xia Sheng is also the contact person for ICEE and ICOM in China and is therefore also responsible for working on the projects of other museums as well.…Read More
Project Assistant Country China

Biography

Xia Sheng works in the exhibitions department at Arts Exhibitions China. Her main duties include contacting and coordinating with museums and other institutions in relation to their exhibitions programme. Xia Sheng is also the contact person for ICEE and ICOM in China and is therefore also responsible for working on the projects of other museums as well. In her own time she conducts research in the cultural heritage sector.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2013, Xia Sheng was based in the Asia Department and her partner placement was spent at Glasgow Museums.

Xia Sheng’s exhibition project proposal was entitled A Tea Bowl.

Xia Sheng’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Dresden Fellowship.

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Wanghuan Shi

Art Exhibitions China

Wanghuan Shi is a Curator at Art Exhibitions China in Beijing. She works within the Exhibitions Department organising and promoting cultural relics exhibitions both within China and abroad. This involves the selection of exhibits, agreement negotiation, communication with higher authorities, delegation’s arrangement and reception of foreign museum professionals. In her daily work, Shi also interprets and translates between English and Chinese.…Read More
Curator Country China

Biography

Wanghuan Shi is a Curator at Art Exhibitions China in Beijing. She works within the Exhibitions Department organising and promoting cultural relics exhibitions both within China and abroad. This involves the selection of exhibits, agreement negotiation, communication with higher authorities, delegation’s arrangement and reception of foreign museum professionals. In her daily work, Shi also interprets and translates between English and Chinese.

Equipped with a better understanding of UK museums, gained through the ITP, Shi hopes to promote the cultural exchange between AEC and UK museums, between China and the UK by organising exhibitions with Chinese or British loans in China and the UK.

At The British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Shi was based in the Department of Asia and Department of International Enagagement. Her UK partner museum was Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Shi’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Ink Stone: Journey to the World of Literati.

Shi’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Sino-British Fellowship Trust.

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Rige Shiba

National Museum New Dehli

Rige obtained a Masters in museology from the National Museum Institute, Delhi and is currently leading the museum’s access project, with the aim to develop a tactile gallery catering to needs of visitors with disabilities. The project is in collaboration with UNESCO and SAKSHAM NGO. It is hoped that the tactile facilities implemented in this gallery will soon expand to other galleries in the museum.…Read More
Assistant Curator, Learning and Education Country India

Biography

Rige obtained a Masters in museology from the National Museum Institute, Delhi and is currently leading the museum’s access project, with the aim to develop a tactile gallery catering to needs of visitors with disabilities. The project is in collaboration with UNESCO and SAKSHAM NGO. It is hoped that the tactile facilities implemented in this gallery will soon expand to other galleries in the museum. Rige has also worked on making the museum more accessible to young audiences by starting healthy dialogue between schools and other educational institutions. She has created sessions such as Touch & Learn, Meet a Museum Doctor and A Day as the Museum, as well as theme based activity booklets to use around the museum. As well as running educational activities, Rige is developing Cultural Discovery Boxes which can be loaned to educational institutions to use with schools groups and young audiences.

Rige has also set up training programmes for curators in India, internships for undergraduate and graduate students, playtime at National Museum for young audiences from 7 – 17 years and a volunteer programme for college students.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2013, Rige was based in the Department of Asia and her partner placement was spent at Bristol Museums.

Rige’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Basketry and Beyond: From the hidden land Arunachal Pradesh.

Rige’s place on the programme was generously supported by the The Charles Wallace India Trust.

Legacy Projects
In November 2015 Rige 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. Workshop delegates were split into groups of mixed nationality and asked to create exhibition proposals based on the concept of Your city and the world – examining how national and international stories are interconnected, through the lens of material culture. Rige’s team from Delhi, Kenya, Mumbai, Nigeria, Jerusalem and the UK, chose Bristol and the idea of migration and invisible communities as their project.

In 2016 Rige attended the Museum Association Conference in Glasgow with the ITP team and the fellows she worked with at the Mumbai Workshop. After the conference the group travelled to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to begin working on their project and creating an online exhibition. The Bristol Online Exhibition was completed in 2018.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Reasons for celebration: Opening of Anubhav: a tactile experience
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Bulletin Board

 

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Wunglengton Yazing Shimray

Government of Assam

Wunglengton has been drawn to cultural diversity, creative and aesthetic works since he studied at university. He views his present job as Director of Museums in the Directorate of Museums, Government of Assam as the culmination of a two-decade journey in the field. As head of the office Wunglengton inspects, monitors and supervises the functioning of the 75 year old Assam State Museum, 7 district Museums and 3 smaller museums.…Read More
Director of MuseumsDirectorate of Museums Country India

Biography

Wunglengton has been drawn to cultural diversity, creative and aesthetic works since he studied at university. He views his present job as Director of Museums in the Directorate of Museums, Government of Assam as the culmination of a two-decade journey in the field.

As head of the office Wunglengton inspects, monitors and supervises the functioning of the 75 year old Assam State Museum, 7 district Museums and 3 smaller museums. Besides supervising administration and supporting 99 officials, all schemes and policies are planned and prepared under his directives.

Due to the high level of coordination needed in his daily work, his main areas of interest in terms of learning and training are Museum administration, leadership and security. He is also interested in learning more about the use of museums as education centres. He hopes to formulate plans and policy to re-organise and expand the museums in Assam in areas such as infrastructure, human resources, documentation, technology and services.

In 2016 Wunglengton oversaw the exhibition Life and Works of Sir Marc Aurel Stein, a Hungarian Orientalist at Assam State Museum, which opened in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. Wunglengton also oversaw Re-ORG Assam with ICCROM, Rome and IGNCA, New Delhi and a Peace Count workshop and exhibition with IGSSS, Guwahati.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2014, Wunglengton was based in the Asia Department and his partner placement was spent at Glasgow Museums.

Wunglengton’s exhibition project proposal was entitled, The Vrindavani Vastra: A Celestial Delight.

Wunglengton’s place on the programme was generously supported by the RA Association.

Legacy Projects
In November 2015 Wunglengton 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.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 4 (2017), Being brave, taking risks: Innovation and bravery in exhibitions – Good horn, good brakes, good luck

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Aymen El-Tayeb Sid Ahmed

Sudan National Museum

Ayman is a Senior Curator in the Museum Department of the Sudan National Museum under the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM). In the Museum Department there are three main sections- stores, documentation and exhibitions and Ayman is head of the exhibition section. Ayman’s role is to care for the Museums objects in the galleries and oversee the movement of objects between the galleries and the stores.…Read More
Senior Curator Country Sudan

Biography

Ayman is a Senior Curator in the Museum Department of the Sudan National Museum under the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM). In the Museum Department there are three main sections- stores, documentation and exhibitions and Ayman is head of the exhibition section. Ayman’s role is to care for the Museums objects in the galleries and oversee the movement of objects between the galleries and the stores. His daily work in the galleries includes checking the objects in the show cases, sending objects to conservation if needed and writing labels. He also provides support for researchers and students and receives official delegations to guide them through the museum.

Ayman returned to the Museum in 2018 to work on the Department of Egypt and Sudan’s Circulating Artefacts project. The project aims to build an online database of Egyptian and Nubian antiquities that are in circulation on the international art market and in private collections and is supported by the British Council in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2009, Ayman was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan and his partner placement was spent at National Museum Wales.

Ayman’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Sudanese Culture.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Reasons for celebration: Celebrating International Museum Day at Sudan National Museum

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Abdelrahman Siddig

Khalifa House Museum

Abdelrahman currently works as Curator at Khalifa House Museum.Read More
Curator Country Sudan

Biography

Abdelrahman currently works as Curator at Khalifa House Museum.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2010, Abdelrahman was based in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, and his partner placement was spent at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Abdelrahman’s exhibition project proposal, with colleague Ghalia Garelnabi Abdelrahman, was entitled The Kushite Period Funeral Practice.

Abdelrahman’s participation on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Altajir Trust.

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Fabíola Andréa Silva

Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia da Universidade de São Paulo

Fabíola joined the ITP in 2011 as a Curator of the Brazilian Ethnographic Collections at the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia da Universidade de São Paulo. In this role her main responsibilities and interests lay in heritage management, Amazonian Archaeology, Ethnography and Ethnoarchaeology. In 2016 Fabíola took on the role of Professor of Museology, a graduate programme at São Paulo University.…Read More
Curator Country Brazil

Biography

Fabíola joined the ITP in 2011 as a Curator of the Brazilian Ethnographic Collections at the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia da Universidade de São Paulo. In this role her main responsibilities and interests lay in heritage management, Amazonian Archaeology, Ethnography and Ethnoarchaeology.

In 2016 Fabíola took on the role of Professor of Museology, a graduate programme at São Paulo University.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2011, Fabíola was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and her partner placement was spent at Glasgow Museums.

Fabíola’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Racing roots – the cultural relations between Africa and Brazil.

Fabíola’s place of the ITP was generously supported by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

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Esther Solomon

University of Ioannina

Dr Esther Solomon studied archaeology, museum studies, and social anthropology at the University of Ioannina (BA), Universita’ Internazionale dell’Arte in Florence (Diploma), University of Sheffield (MA) and University College London (PhD). Her research interests include exhibition curation, museum representations of the past, cultural tourism, and the social and political uses of cultural heritage. Esther has lectured in Museology in the Department of Fine Arts and Sciences of Art at the University of Ioannina since 2011 and since 2013, has also taught the courses Museology I and II in the Department of Theory and History of Art, Athens School of Fine Arts.…Read More
Assistant Professor of Museum StudiesFine Arts and Art Sciences Country Greece

Biography

Dr Esther Solomon studied archaeology, museum studies, and social anthropology at the University of Ioannina (BA), Universita’ Internazionale dell’Arte in Florence (Diploma), University of Sheffield (MA) and University College London (PhD). Her research interests include exhibition curation, museum representations of the past, cultural tourism, and the social and political uses of cultural heritage.

Esther has lectured in Museology in the Department of Fine Arts and Sciences of Art at the University of Ioannina since 2011 and since 2013, has also taught the courses Museology I and II in the Department of Theory and History of Art, Athens School of Fine Arts.

Esther has worked as a curator for museums in Greece and abroad, and has published extensively in Greek and foreign journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on an edited book on contested archaeological heritage in Greece.

Esther curated the permanent exhibition on the history of the Jewish community of the city of Ioannina, Greece, within the city’s synagogue. She also assists students of the University of Ioannina in curating their own exhibitions at the city’s Gallery and designs special education programmes for school parties and visitors with visual impairment.

At the British Museum
While attending the International Training Programme in 2015, Esther was based in the Department of Greece and Rome. Her UK Partner placement was spent with Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.

Esther’s exhibition project proposal was entitled The Gillierons at Knossos: Visions of Painted Minoan Crete.

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Mouza Sulaiman Mohamed Al-Wardi

National Museum, Muscat

Mouza graduated from the School of Art at the University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia with a Bachelor’s degree in Heritage and Cultural studies. After graduating she worked as a Project Coordinator for the Omani Heritage Gallery to establish a training system, to improve quality, efficiency and product development of Omani Traditional Crafts. She then took on the role of curator for the new National Museum project, working under the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.…Read More
DirectorCollections Department Country Oman

Biography

Mouza graduated from the School of Art at the University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia with a Bachelor’s degree in Heritage and Cultural studies. After graduating she worked as a Project Coordinator for the Omani Heritage Gallery to establish a training system, to improve quality, efficiency and product development of Omani Traditional Crafts. She then took on the role of curator for the new National Museum project, working under the Ministry of Heritage and Culture. This involved new research on the existing collection, reviewing gallery designs and museography plans, and organising local and international acquisitions and loans. More recently Mouza has taken on the role of Head of Studies and Research for the new National Museum project. In 2019, Mouza was appointed as Director of the Collections Department at the National Museum.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2013, Mouza was based in the Middle East Department, and her partner placement was spent at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Newcastle.

Mouza’s exhibition project proposal was entitled The Form of a Snake.

Mouza’s place on the programme was generously supported by Thomas Neurath: Thames & Hudson.

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Ana Šverko

University of Split

Ana Šverko is a Research Associate at the Institute of Art History – Centre Cvito Fisković in Split and Split Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy. She has taken part in the documentation of archaeological research in Diocletian's Palace, and devoted her undergraduate and graduate theses to the topic. She worked for over a decade as an architect-conservator working on a range of different projects renovating monuments from Roman Antiquity.…Read More
Senior Research AssociateInstitute of Art History – Centre Cvito Fisković / Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy Country Croatia

Biography

Ana Šverko is a Research Associate at the Institute of Art History – Centre Cvito Fisković in Split and Split Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy. She has taken part in the documentation of archaeological research in Diocletian’s Palace, and devoted her undergraduate and graduate theses to the topic. She worked for over a decade as an architect-conservator working on a range of different projects renovating monuments from Roman Antiquity.

Her current work involves publishing papers about selected topics from architectural history and heritage conservation. Her work on the Palace continues through work on its preservation as a live and populated monument, and investigation into public perception of the edifice over time.
In 2017, Ana presented alongside fellow 2016 ITP participant Barbara Vujanović 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.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Ana was based in the Department of Greece and Rome. Her UK Partner Museum was Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Ana’s exhibition project proposal was entitled A Living Monument: Ruins of Diocletian’s Palace Today.

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

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Miral Taha Ismael Abdelrahman

Antiquities Museum, Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Miral’s work involves registering and documenting the museum's collection in specialised registers, participating in publishing a museum catalogue, and researching, compiling and preparing written information about collections to be published on the museum's website. Miral was previously a curator at the Museum and worked to change the display of the pieces periodically to provide returning visitors with new collections to explore.…Read More
Chief Curator Country Egypt

Biography

Miral’s work involves registering and documenting the museum’s collection in specialised registers, participating in publishing a museum catalogue, and researching, compiling and preparing written information about collections to be published on the museum’s website.

Miral was previously a curator at the Museum and worked to change the display of the pieces periodically to provide returning visitors with new collections to explore. In this role she collaborated with other institutions to organise exhibitions, workshops and conferences. Miral also took on administrative responsibilities including supporting visiting researchers in the museum and working on the museum website.

A big project which the museum is working on and Miral is contributing to is the launch of a virtual tour which will include a virtual model of the museum as well as 3D scanned models for the displayed artefacts. Within the museum there will be opportunities to explore the artefacts in more detail by taking an “artefact tour”. These tours will include visual explanatory material such as maps, photos and videos in addition to the text in order to enhance the experience of the visitor.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2013, Miral was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan and her partner placement was spent at Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum.

Miral’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Music in Ancient Egypt.

Miral’s place on the programme was generously supported by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

Continued Dialogue
Miral attended an Egyptian ITP Fellow reunion held at the British Embassy in Cairo, in April 2018.

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Shreen Mohamed Amin Taher

Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Shreen Mohamed Amin Taher is the Director of the Children’s Museum at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. She holds degrees and has a research background in translation, Egyptology and cultural heritage management. Her current work involves designing workshops, programmes and events for classes, groups or individuals to engage them with the objects of the Egyptian Museum.…Read More
DirectorChildren’s Museum Country Egypt

Biography

Shreen Mohamed Amin Taher is the Director of the Children’s Museum at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. She holds degrees and has a research background in translation, Egyptology and cultural heritage management.

Her current work involves designing workshops, programmes and events for classes, groups or individuals to engage them with the objects of the Egyptian Museum. Shreen is a heritage professional, Egyptologist and translator, with many experiences in different fields including previously working as curator of the Middle Kingdom department of the Egyptian Museum. Shreen is eager to share her ITP experiences with others, believing this method to be a powerful social learning strategy.

In 2017, she presented research at various conferences including City Museums in Egypt as Places for Human Respect at the CAMOC (ICOM), The Role of Museums in Keeping Tradition: Case Study, Nubian Museum in Egypt at the CEPIC, and Heritage Education for Childrens Mummification Workshop Approaches at the 1st Virtual Heritage International Conference, Cairo.

In 2019, Shreen attended the ICOM 25th General Assembly in Kyoto, Japan. There she gave a presentation on the education approaches of the Egyptian Museum.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Shreen was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan. Her UK Partner Museum was Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Newcastle.

Shreen’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Tones of the Past.

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

Legacy Projects
In October 2016 Shreen presented at the conference and workshop Learning, Engagement and Museums hosted by Hayk Mkrtchyan (ITP 2014, Armenia) at Cafesjian Centre for the Arts in Yerevan, Armenia. Shreen used her experiences at the Children’s Museum to deliver a case study on children’s learning to ITP Fellows, UK partners and museum educators in Armenia. She was also a member of the working group Families against War.

Shreen successfully submitted a paper for the British Museum’s Annual Egyptological Colloquium, Displaying Egypt. With the support of the ITP she returned to the British Museum in July 2018 to deliver her paper, reconnect with colleagues and establish new working relationships.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 5 (2018), Learning and engagement: Children’s Museum of the Egyptian Museum
ITP Newsletter Issue 6 (2019), Connectivity in the 21st century: making collections accessible, Digital marketing at Egyptian museums

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Ala Talebian

Tehran University

Ala is currently an Architecture student, studying in Tehran University's College of Fine Arts. She is mostly interested in fine arts especially painting, photography and art history and has participated in a few national competitions. Her studies are largely orientated around cultural heritage including monuments, sites and museums. Ala is highly passionate about museum studies and is an ICOM member.…Read More
StudentFaculty of Art Country Iran

Biography

Ala is currently an Architecture student, studying in Tehran University’s College of Fine Arts. She is mostly interested in fine arts especially painting, photography and art history and has participated in a few national competitions. Her studies are largely orientated around cultural heritage including monuments, sites and museums.

Ala is highly passionate about museum studies and is an ICOM member. She has volunteered in museums such as the Bundeskunsthalle in Germany and the Science and Technology Museum of Tehran.

As a volunteer at the Bundeskunsthalle, Ala had the chance to work in many different fields. She added to the database, took object dimensions and prepared them for transportation and worked on lighting. As an intern at the Science and Technology Museum Ala carried out documentation and photography of the collections.

She is passionate about communicating with people from different backgrounds and as a result is studying Italian and German as well as English and Persian.

Ala is planning to do further internships in the fields of culture and museum studies.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme 2017, Ala was based in the Department of Coins and Medals and spent her partner placement at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford.

Ala worked with fellow Heba Khairy (Egypt) on her exhibition proposal project, entitled The Legend of the Winged Disc: From Egypt to Iran.

Ala’s participation on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Altajir Trust.

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Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir

University of Pittsburgh

Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir is the coordinator of Anti-Defamation League's Task Force on Middle East Minorities and 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.…Read More
Research AssociateDepartment of Anthropology Country Turkey Website: https://pitt.academia.edu/TugbaTanyeriErdemir

Biography

Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir is the coordinator of Anti-Defamation League’s Task Force on Middle East Minorities and 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 on the challenged museumified status of Hagia Sophia.

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. In 2014, she received a Young Scientist Award for her Project titled Sacred Museums from the Hagia Sophia to Hacı Bektas: The Effects of Secularizing Museumification Processes on Contestations in Sacred Sites” She is currently working on a project titled A War of Heritage? (Re)Constructing Religioscapes and Competing Territorial Claims in Bosnia Herzegovina since 1995 funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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.