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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Vandana Anuraag Prapanna

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

Vandana is Senior Curator at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai with a particular focus on Indian miniature painting. During her time at CSMVS Vandana has co-curated the following permanent galleries in the Museum with her colleague Manisha Nene: Indian Miniature Painting Gallery (2010) Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala Gallery - the gallery is based on the personal collection of Mr.…Read More
Senior CuratorIndian Miniature Painting Country India

Biography

Vandana is Senior Curator at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai with a particular focus on Indian miniature painting.

During her time at CSMVS Vandana has co-curated the following permanent galleries in the Museum with her colleague Manisha Nene:
Indian Miniature Painting Gallery (2010)
Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala Gallery – the gallery is based on the personal collection of Mr. Karl J Khandalavala, the former Chairman of the museum who has donated his entire collection of 800 valuable artifacts to the museum (2011)
Indian Textiles and costumes – 2015
Himalayan Art – 2016.

In 2010, Vandana contributed entries on Indian Miniature Paintings for the publication – East Meets West, Selection of Asian and European Art from the Tata Collection in the CSMVS. In 2015 she curated a temporary exhibition under the exhibition series Art Unseen on the folios of a 16th century manuscript – Chandayana. In the same year she co-authored the publication with Manisha Nene – Humsafar – The companion – the story of Indian textile based on the CSMVS Collection.

Internationally, Vandana was awarded a short term Nehru Fellowship to study early Mughal miniature paintings in the collection of V&A in 2011. She was also awarded The Asia Foundation Brayton Wilbur Memorial Fellows in Asian Art Programme at San Francisco (USA) in 2013 and she has working on a collaborative project with the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett, Germany on their miniature painting collection for an exhibition.

Most recently Vandanna has been working on a collaborative project between CSMVS and the British Museum entitled India and the World: A History in Nine Stories. The exhibition, which has just closed in Mumbai, focussed on some of the most important objects and works of art from the Indian subcontinent, in dialogue with iconic pieces from the British Museum collection.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2010, Vandanna was based in the Asia department and her partner placement was spent at the National Museum of Wales.

Vandanna’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Bountiful Nature.

Vandana’s participation on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Charles Wallace India Trust.

Legacy Projects
In November 2015 Vandana 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 2018 Vandana helped to deliver an ITP+ course on museum Interpretation at the Nubian Museum in Aswan, Egypt. The course used a series of case studies, a visitor experience activity, four workshops, two label writing sessions and a panel discussion to think about the types of interpretation being used in museums across the globe.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Reasons for celebration: A new gallery at CSMVS

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Feras Aqel

Central Government in Palestine, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Feras graduated from Birzeit University as a double-major in Archaeology and History in 1997. In 1998 he joined the staff at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and then became Director of the Museum Department of the Central Government of Palestine in 2006.Read More
DirectorMuseum Department Country Palestine

Biography

Feras graduated from Birzeit University as a double-major in Archaeology and History in 1997. In 1998 he joined the staff at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and then became Director of the Museum Department of the Central Government of Palestine in 2006.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2013, Feras was based in the Middle East Department, and her partner placement was spent at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Feras’ exhibition project proposal was entitled Skull Cult in Jericho.

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Abdülmecit Arigüzel

General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums

Abdülmecit currently serves as Museum and Design Expert in the Department of Museum Application at the Turkish General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums. In 2013, Abdülmecit served as Resident Museum Expert at the Topkapi Palace Museum. In 2016, he completed his Masters degree in Graphic Design and is currently studying for a PhD at Gazi University in Ankara.…Read More
Museum and Design Expert Country Turkey Website: Website

Biography

Abdülmecit currently serves as Museum and Design Expert in the Department of Museum Application at the Turkish General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums. In 2013, Abdülmecit served as Resident Museum Expert at the Topkapi Palace Museum. In 2016, he completed his Masters degree in Graphic Design and is currently studying for a PhD at Gazi University in Ankara.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2009, Abdülmecit was based in the Department of Greece and Rome and his partner placement was spent at Glasgow Museums.

Abdülmecit’s exhibition proposal, with colleague Fatma Doġruer, was entitled The Nereid Monument – A New Display.

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Elizabeth Asafo-Adjei

Ghana Museums and Monuments Board

As a curator, Elizabeth is in charge of paintings from the National Collection. Her duties include conducting research on the artists and paintings from the collection, cataloguing and digitisation, collections storage and loans. She is currently working on a research project on the Ghanaian artist, Kofi Antubam, a member of the first generation of modernist artists in Ghana.…Read More
Curator Country Ghana

Biography

As a curator, Elizabeth is in charge of paintings from the National Collection. Her duties include conducting research on the artists and paintings from the collection, cataloguing and digitisation, collections storage and loans.

She is currently working on a research project on the Ghanaian artist, Kofi Antubam, a member of the first generation of modernist artists in Ghana. The second project Elizabeth is involved in looks at digitizing negative films and photo slides of a road trip through Ghana featuring events, scenes, objects and sites. After completing the digitisation process, Elizabeth and her colleagues are planning to organise exhibitions and design catalogues for this project. Elizabeth is interested in the conservation, restoration and preservation processes of paintings. She is also curious about dealing with objects on paper, as some objects from the museum’s collection are made in this medium.

At the British Museum

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

Elizabeth will be worked with Tamara Alateya (Iraq) on her Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled The Odyssey: an encounter with peace.

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

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Balew Assefa

National Museum of Ethiopia

Since his time on the ITP in 2007, Balew has worked as an Archaeology Expert for the Authority for Research & Conservation of Cultural Heritage Department at the National Museum of Ethiopia. He has a BA in History, English & Archaeology.Read More
Archaeology Expert Country Ethiopia

Biography

Since his time on the ITP in 2007, Balew has worked as an Archaeology Expert for the Authority for Research & Conservation of Cultural Heritage Department at the National Museum of Ethiopia. He has a BA in History, English & Archaeology.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2007, Balew was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and his partner placement was spent at The Collection – Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire.

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Amal Attia Alla Gaber Abdalla

National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums

Amal Attia Abdalla is an archaeologist, with specialism in stone tools and ceramic production in Ancient Sudan. She currently works in the Documentation Section for the Museums Department at the Sudanese National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums. Her role includes registration of fieldwork findings and working with the electronic database. Amal also works with the University of Khartoum on a fieldwork project at the Elga-ab site in the Dongola Reach, Northern Sudan, working with artefacts from the pre-historic to Christian era.…Read More
CuratorN/A Country Sudan

Biography

Amal Attia Abdalla is an archaeologist, with specialism in stone tools and ceramic production in Ancient Sudan. She currently works in the Documentation Section for the Museums Department at the Sudanese National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums. Her role includes registration of fieldwork findings and working with the electronic database.

Amal also works with the University of Khartoum on a fieldwork project at the Elga-ab site in the Dongola Reach, Northern Sudan, working with artefacts from the pre-historic to Christian era.

At the British Museum
During the International Training Programme in 2015, Amal was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan. Her UK Partner museum was the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford.

Amal’s exhibition project proposal was entitled The Potters’ Craft: Handmade Ceramics from Ancient Sudan.

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

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Lydia Avikoke Timona

Meru Museum

Lydia works for National Museums of Kenya as a Curator and Manager of Meru Museum. She has a degree in Anthropology and a Master's Degree in Project Development. Her work includes conservation and exhibitions - she also has administrative and financial duties. Lydia is interested in all forms of heritage preservation.Read More
Curator and Manager Country Kenya

Biography

Lydia works for National Museums of Kenya as a Curator and Manager of Meru Museum. She has a degree in Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Project Development. Her work includes conservation and exhibitions – she also has administrative and financial duties. Lydia is interested in all forms of heritage preservation.

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

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Aynalem Aweke

National Museum of Ethiopia

Since her time on the ITP in 2007, Anyalem has worked for the Authority for Research & Conservation of Cultural Heritage Department at the National Museum of Ethiopia. In 2013, she was promoted to the Director of Reform Implementation Management.Read More
Director of Reform Implementation Management Country Ethiopia

Biography

Since her time on the ITP in 2007, Anyalem has worked for the Authority for Research & Conservation of Cultural Heritage Department at the National Museum of Ethiopia. In 2013, she was promoted to the Director of Reform Implementation Management.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2007, Aynalem was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and her partner placement was spent at The Collection – Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire.

Legacy Projects
In March 2010 Aynalem 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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Waed Awesat

University of Paris 1 Sorbonne

Waed is currently working on her PhD at the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne, in archaeology under the East and Mediterranean research laboratory with the Semitic world team. Her PhD is on Achaemenid and Hellenistic Tyr (5th century BC - 1st century AD): history and currency. Her work objective is to create the first complete database and catalogue of coins from the city of Tyre / Lebanon, starting from the 5th century BC and working up until 1st century AD.…Read More
PhD StudentEast and Mediterranean Research Laboratory Country Palestine Website: http://www.orient-mediterranee.com/spip.php?article638&lang=fr

Biography

Waed is currently working on her PhD at the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne, in archaeology under the East and Mediterranean research laboratory with the Semitic world team. Her PhD is on Achaemenid and Hellenistic Tyr (5th century BC – 1st century AD): history and currency.

Her work objective is to create the first complete database and catalogue of coins from the city of Tyre / Lebanon, starting from the 5th century BC and working up until 1st century AD.

The database will include and will update records of all currencies available in major museums public collections, and their published catalogues. As a result, Waed will be organising a series of museum visits throughout the next year. Other sources used to collect this data include online publications of sales and coins found through treasure cases and excavations.

Waed is also interested in collection management of currencies; coin handling, cleaning, identification description, weight / diameter measurement and photography.

In 2018 Waed collaborated with the American University of Beirut. She was invited to work directly on objects from Tyre and to participate in the conference Numismatic Research in Lebanon: Past, Present and Future, which was held in March 23-24, 2018.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2014, Waed 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.

Waed’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Alexander the Great and the Gold of Babylon.

Legacy Projects
In November 2017 Waed attended the MA conference in Manchester with fellows from India, Kenya and South Africa. Waed also attended sessions on temporary exhibitions and permanent display at UK partners Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum as well as the People’s History Museum.

In December 2017 Waed attended the ITP+ course on Photography and Documentation. In a series workshop, spread over a 5 day period, fellows attended seminars, creative workshops, hand-on session and practical group work with colleagues from the British Museum. The aim of the programme was to further the professional development and reconnect the alumni from the summer programme.

ITP Newsletter Publication
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), How the ITP changed my life
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Collections in focus: A ceramic vessel: in memory of Dr Albert Glock

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Nyaz Azeez Awmar

Koya Civilization Museum

Nyaz obtained a master’s degree in archaeology from the University of Valencia in Spain. As a student assistant he participated in the excavation at Tell Qasra in Ankwa, north of Erbil. Later on, he worked as a pottery specialist for the Antiquity Service of the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq on the Archaeological Survey of Koya (ASK) Project (University of Innsbruck, Austria).…Read More
Director & Archaeologist Country Kurdistan

Biography

Nyaz obtained a master’s degree in archaeology from the University of Valencia in Spain. As a student assistant he participated in the excavation at Tell Qasra in Ankwa, north of Erbil. Later on, he worked as a pottery specialist for the Antiquity Service of the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq on the Archaeological Survey of Koya (ASK) Project (University of Innsbruck, Austria).

As a researcher and director of the Koya Civilization Museum, Nyaz is responsible for collections management, cataloguing and completing object inventories. He also performs some conservation tasks when needed. From time to time Nyaz gives tours to students and visitors.

From May to June 2010, Nyaz participated as a representative of the Antiquity Service of the Kurdish Regional Government at the excavations at Tell Satu Qala, located east of Taq Taq. This project was in cooperation between the Salahaddin University and the Universities of Leiden (Netherlands) and Leipzig (Germany). Nyaz returned to participate in these excavations in September and October of 2011.

At the British Museum

During his time on the International Training Programme Nyaz was based in the Middle East Department and spent his partner placement at The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire and Nottingham University Museum.

Nyaz worked with Buket Babatas Aydin (Turkey) and Abdelrahman Sedeeg (Sudan) on his Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled Journey Towards Belief.

Nyaz’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Thriplow Charitable Trust.

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Mervat Azezi

Gayer Anderson House

Mervat is Director of the Gayer Anderson House in Cairo, Egypt. Previous to this she had worked as an Inspector of Antiquities for the Museums Sector of the Ministry of Antiquities. Mervat received an MA from the Faculty of Archaeology at the Cairo University in 2000.Read More
Director Country Egypt

Biography

Mervat is Director of the Gayer Anderson House in Cairo, Egypt. Previous to this she had worked as an Inspector of Antiquities for the Museums Sector of the Ministry of Antiquities. Mervat received an MA from the Faculty of Archaeology at the Cairo University in 2000.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2007, Mervat was based in the Department of Egypt & Sudan and her partner placement was spent at the Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.

Legacy Projects
In March 2010 Mervat 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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Saeed Obaid Ba Yashoot

Seiyun Museum

Saeed is the Documentation Collections Curator at Seiyun Museum in Yemen. His day to day responsibilities include digitizing historic paper-based documentation collection databases, which has become particularly important due to the recent conflict. Saeed is also working with ICOM to document the objects in his museum. Saeed joined the museum in 2005 and was previously a Senior Museum Guide.…Read More
Documentation Collections Curator Country Yemen

Biography

Saeed is the Documentation Collections Curator at Seiyun Museum in Yemen. His day to day responsibilities include digitizing historic paper-based documentation collection databases, which has become particularly important due to the recent conflict. Saeed is also working with ICOM to document the objects in his museum.

Saeed joined the museum in 2005 and was previously a Senior Museum Guide. In this role Saeed helped to coordinate school visits, guiding groups within the galleries, arranging museum activities (such as International Museum Day celebrations), and bolstering the museum’s social media profile on Facebook and Twitter. In his current role, Saeed continues to work in these areas in order to make the museum as accessible as possible in an area of conflict.

He is a member of ICOM International Council of Museums and ICOM’s International Committees, CIDOC: International Committee for Documentation. Outside of museums, Saeed enjoys Arabic calligraphy.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Saeed was based in the Middle East Department and his partner placement was spent at Birmingham Museums Trust.

Saeed’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Smelling Aromatic Smoke: Treasures of Ancient South Arabia.

Saeed’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Philip and Irene Toll Gage Foundation

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 5 (2018), Your collection in focus: Ritual hunt of the ibex in South Arabian civilisations
ITP Newsletter Issue 5 (2018), Did you know that? Seiyun Palace

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Buket Babataş Aydın

Independent Researcher

After obtaining a BA degree in Archaeology Buket went on to complete an MA in Prehistoric Archaeology at the Institute of Social Sciences in Turkey. Buket then worked as an archaeologist on various excavations, including the Karain excavations for seven years before training at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, where she first started to interact with cultural heritage.…Read More
Country Turkey

Biography

After obtaining a BA degree in Archaeology Buket went on to complete an MA in Prehistoric Archaeology at the Institute of Social Sciences in Turkey. Buket then worked as an archaeologist on various excavations, including the Karain excavations for seven years before training at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, where she first started to interact with cultural heritage. Since then Buket has given lectures, worked as a museum specialist at Sebahattin Yildiz Museum, started a PhD in Pre-historic Archaeology and has been involved in various collaborative projects including an international collaborative project about the correlations between the French and Anatolian Paleolithic settlements in both France and Turkey.

Buket has recently worked on several projects as an independent researcher. She has been writing an article about the last project performed in the Institute of Oriental and European Archaeology in Vienna, Austria whilst continuing to work on her PhD thesis, based on the Paleolithic Archeology in Turkey. Buket has also been planning an exhibition about Porcelain Dolls that will be displayed in Old Castle in the city of Ankara.

At the British Museum

During her time on the International Training Programme Buket was based in the Department of Greece and Rome spent her partner placement at Norfolk Museums Service.

Buket worked with Abdulrahman Sedeeg Adam Sharaf (Sudan) and Nyaz Azeez Awmar (Kurdistan) on her Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled Journey Towards Belief.

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Marwa Abdel Razek Mahmoud Badreldin

The Egyptian Museum

Marwa began at the Egyptian Museum as a registrar. In 2013 she became a Deputy Head Registrar and in 2014 she was the acting head of the registrars team. In June 2016 she took on the position the head of the Registration collection management and documentation Department (RCMDD) in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Marwa and her team are currently adding all Egyptian Museum objects on their new database, KeEmu, including objects moving to the Grand Egyptian Museum and National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.…Read More
Head of Registration, Collection Management and Documentation Country Egypt Website: https://cairo.academia.edu/MarwaBdrElDeen

Biography

Marwa began at the Egyptian Museum as a registrar. In 2013 she became a Deputy Head Registrar and in 2014 she was the acting head of the registrars team. In June 2016 she took on the position the head of the Registration collection management and documentation Department (RCMDD) in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Marwa and her team are currently adding all Egyptian Museum objects on their new database, KeEmu, including objects moving to the Grand Egyptian Museum and National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.

In 2015 Marwa gained an MA from the Faculty of Archaeology at Cairo University on the B3 Houses in Ancient Egypt and in 2016 embarked upon a PhD, a publication and study of the female figurines “Concubines” at the Egyptian Museum)

In 2017 Marwa received a scholarship to travel to Berlin State Museum from April – June.

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

Marwa’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Big Houses in Ancient Egypt.

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

ITP Newsletter Publication
ITP Newsletter Issue 1 (2013), Collections in focus: Statue of Amenhotep II with the goddess Meretseger
ITP Newsletter Issue 2 (2015), Collections in focus: Colossal statue of Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Tiye
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Collections in focus: The houses of the ba in ancient Egypt

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Rafidah Bahari

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Rafidah has a BA degree in Arts and Design on Ceramic and a Master's degree in Art History and Cultural Management. She has an ICCROM certificate in promoting and examining educational strategies which will benefit the professional development of museum staff in the region, while enhancing the transformation of knowledge in art and conservation. Rafidah joined the Conservation Department of Islamic Art Museum Malaysia (IAMM), nearly 14 years ago.…Read More
Senior Conservator Country Malaysia

Biography

Rafidah has a BA degree in Arts and Design on Ceramic and a Master’s degree in Art History and Cultural Management. She has an ICCROM certificate in promoting and examining educational strategies which will benefit the professional development of museum staff in the region, while enhancing the transformation of knowledge in art and conservation. Rafidah joined the Conservation Department of Islamic Art Museum Malaysia (IAMM), nearly 14 years ago.

As senior conservator at IAMM Rafidah’s responsibilities are ultimately to protect and preserve the collection entrusted to the IAMM’s care, so that the future generation will have the opportunity to enjoy and learn from it. This involves making decisions regarding conservation treatment in every new acquisition, ensuring that artefacts are durable enough to withstand their proposed use (for example, displays interpretation, loans, and hands on activities), undertaking conservation treatments and monitor gallery conditions, for example temperature and humidity levels. Rafidah also ensures that any conservation work on the collection is fully documented in the collections database.

Rafidah is particularly interested in ceramic restoration, glass restoration and building materials (stone and marble) restoration.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme, Rafidah was based in the Middle East Department and the Conservation Department, and spent her partner placement at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Rafidah worked with Namrata Sarmah (India) and Solomy Nabukalu (Uganda) on her Object in Focus project, Guts & Eternal Glory.

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Alaa Bakeer

Royal Carriages Museum

Alaa is passionate about finding creative ways to improve learning processes in museums, and the relationship between museums and children. After the ITP Alaa became Head of Education department at the Royal Carriages Museum where she is gaining new experiences and applying what she learnt during the ITP summer programme. In her new role Alaa as organised workshops, events, lectures, guided tours and other activities for museum visitors in a variety of topics.…Read More
HeadDepartment of Education Country Egypt Website: Helwan University – Alaa Bakeer

Biography

Alaa is passionate about finding creative ways to improve learning processes in museums, and the relationship between museums and children. After the ITP Alaa became Head of Education department at the Royal Carriages Museum where she is gaining new experiences and applying what she learnt during the ITP summer programme. In her new role Alaa as organised workshops, events, lectures, guided tours and other activities for museum visitors in a variety of topics. Through these activities Alaa hopes to engage the local community with the work of her institution. Alaa has taken on other responsibilities including organising exhibitions and working with the scientific research department, also she plays role in the marketing process of the museum, preparing monthly achievement reports and maintaining the museum’s webpage.

Alaa joined the ITP in 2014 as a curator at the Islamic Art Museum in Cairo. In 2014 the museum was undergoing major recovery and renovation after an explosion in January, which destroyed the interior of the museum. Alaa took the ITP as an opportunity to learn about new developments in museum display, databasing, storage and fundraising which the Islamic Art Museum were working on in the aftermath of the explosion. Alaa was also interested in marketing the ‘new’ Islamic Art Museum as a world class museum.

Alaa is a Masters scholar in Islamic art, and also engaged in conducting research projects, publishing her first paper on Silver Hallmarks as Archaeological Presumptions for Dating and Attributing Silver Artifacts, which she presented at the international conference of Arab archaeologists in 2018.

Alaa participated in a Museology scholarship in Germany organized by the Deutsch Archaeological Institute in Cairo in 2015. She participated in the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums held in May 2018 at Phoenix, Arizona.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2014, Alaa was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan and her partner placement was spent at Birmingham Museums Trust.

Alaa’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Revealing the Mystery of Amulets in the Islamic World.

Alaa’s place on the programme was generously supported by the Barakat Trust.

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Nagwa Abdelzaher Mohamed Bakr

Ministry of Antiquities

Nagwa has two masters degrees in Anthropology and Museum Studies. Her current PhD studies focus on the representation of women’s heritage in museums. As a Community Engagement Officer at the Ministry of Antiquities, Nagwa is in charge of setting up community programmes aiming to engage local communities to benefit from the public knowledge available in museums and sites.…Read More
Community Engagement Officer Country Egypt

Biography

Nagwa has two masters degrees in Anthropology and Museum Studies. Her current PhD studies focus on the representation of women’s heritage in museums. As a Community Engagement Officer at the Ministry of Antiquities, Nagwa is in charge of setting up community programmes aiming to engage local communities to benefit from the public knowledge available in museums and sites. Her projects especially target women and their engagement with local heritage and traditional crafts workshops.

Most recently, Nagwa worked on a summer project called the Library Museum Project. By collaborating with professional libraries such as ARCE, IFAO, Alexandria Library and the library of the Egyptian Museum, the project focuses on understanding museum collections through library materials in order to reinterpret and shed new light on objects from the collections.

At the British Museum

During her time on the International Training Programme in 2019, Nagwa was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan, and her partner placement was spent at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery.

Nagwa worked with Sanjeewani Upaka Widyarathne (Sri Lanka) on her Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled Spiritual Journey.

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Nilanjan Banerjee

Rabindra Bhavana Institute of Tagore Studies and Research

Nilanjan is currently serving as Special Officer at the Rabindra-Bhavana Museum and Archives. He has written and edited several books democratizing cultural documents, and published essays and features in the largest circulated Bengali daily on cultural heritage subjects. In addition to this, Nilanjan has also worked as an independent curator and on several documentary films, including as director on a short film featuring the Indian Museum, Kolkata.…Read More
Special Officer Country India Blog: Blog

Biography

Nilanjan is currently serving as Special Officer at the Rabindra-Bhavana Museum and Archives.

He has written and edited several books democratizing cultural documents, and published essays and features in the largest circulated Bengali daily on cultural heritage subjects. In addition to this, Nilanjan has also worked as an independent curator and on several documentary films, including as director on a short film featuring the Indian Museum, Kolkata.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2009, Nilanjan was based in the Department of Asia and his partner placement was spent at Birmingham Museums Trust.

Nilanjan’s exhibition proposal was entitled The Voice of the Rickshaw.

Nilanjan’s participation on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Charles Wallace India Trust.

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

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 1 (2013), Global perspectives: ‘What do visitors expect from museums today?’

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Shubha Banerji

President House Museum

Shubha started working as the Education Officer for Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum (President House Museum) President Secretariat from January 2017. She looks after the educational activities in the museum and also is responsible for collection management, documentation and various administrative responsibilities. She is currently developing many educational projects in the museum and working on projects to make the museum more inclusive for disabled and elderly visitors.…Read More
Education Officer Country India

Biography

Shubha started working as the Education Officer for Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum (President House Museum) President Secretariat from January 2017. She looks after the educational activities in the museum and also is responsible for collection management, documentation and various administrative responsibilities.

She is currently developing many educational projects in the museum and working on projects to make the museum more inclusive for disabled and elderly visitors.

When Shubha came on the ITP in 2014 she was an Assistant Curator at the National Museum, New Dehli, working on Pre Columbian and Western Art. In this role Shubha completed the digitization of the National Museum Pre Columbian collection under the Jatan digitization project, initiated by Ministry of Culture, India. She also catalogued a substantial amount of the pre Columbian collection of National Museum and submitted the layout plan, text and labels for the new gallery. Since then Shubha has taken on other roles including the position of guest faculty of Museology in School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She also joined Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts as Project Coordinator of a project archiving documents and collections.

Shubha is currently pursuing a PhD on the topic Cultural Resource Management of North Karanpura Valley, Jharkhand: An ecomuseological perspective. Shubha’s main concern is protecting and promoting the cultural heritage of Karanpura valley through museological mediation, and has presented and published many papers relating to this topic.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2014, Shubha was based in the Asia Department and her partner placement was spent at Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum.

Shubha’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Shell Bangles of Bengali: Shanka, Symbol and Society.

Shubha’s place on the ITP was generously supported by the Charles Wallace India Trust.

Legacy Projects
In November 2015 Shubha 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 Shubha was selected to attend the conference and workshop Learning, Engagement and Museums, hosted by Armenian ITP Fellows (Hayk Mkrtchyan, Davit Poghosyan and Marine Mkrtchyan), Ronan Brindley from UK partner Manchester Art Gallery and the ITP. The conference and workshop was help over four days Yerevan Armenia and was attended by 19 Armenian museum educators from 18 institutions, UK partner museum educators from Glasgow Museums, Manchester Art Gallery and The Collection and ITP fellow museum educators from Egypt, India, Lebanon and Turkey. Shubha presented a case study and took part in a working group.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Collections in focus: A celebration of death

Photo of Khadijeh Zohreh Baseri

Khadijeh Zohreh Baseri

Golestan Palace

Khadijeh is currently an office at the Golestan Palace working on digitising the central archives. Previously she was an officer at the Niavaran Palace in Tehran where she assisted with the preservation and conservation of objects and archival materials including metal, glass and photographs. From 1992 – 2015 Khadijeh was based in the department of coins and seals at the National Museum of Iran, taking on positions including, Curator and Keeper.…Read More
Officer Country Iran

Biography

Khadijeh is currently an office at the Golestan Palace working on digitising the central archives. Previously she was an officer at the Niavaran Palace in Tehran where she assisted with the preservation and conservation of objects and archival materials including metal, glass and photographs. From 1992 – 2015 Khadijeh was based in the department of coins and seals at the National Museum of Iran, taking on positions including, Curator and Keeper.

Khadijeh has worked on multiple exhibitions including; Evidence for Two Hundred Thousand Years of Human-Animal Bond in the Land of Iran (2015) at the National Museum of Iran, Half a Century of German Archaeology in Iran (2016) at Museum of Tehran in partnership with Berlin Museum and, her most recent exhibition created for The Iran Heritage Foundation is entitled Tanavoli: My Lions and the Lions of Iran (2017).

Khadijeh received a BA in Handicraft from Tehran University of Art and studied for an MA in Ancient Culture and Languages at the Islamic Azad University from 2005-2007. She is currently studying for a PhD in the same field from the Islamic Azad University.

She has attended multiple international conferences such as the Museums of the golden age International scientific conference in Turkmenistan (2007); Iran and Caucasus: unity and diversity, Yerevan, Armenia (2008); Safavid trade on the strength of seals trade and craft specialization in ancient Iran in Ankara Turkey (2015); Annual ICOMON Meeting at the Numismatic Museums, Athens (2018)

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2007, Khadijeh was based in the Department of Coins and Medals and her partner placement was spent at the National Museum Wales.

Legacy Projects
In March 2010 Khadijeh 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.

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

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 1 (2013), Museum profiles: National Museum of Iran, Tehran
ITP Newsletter Issue 2 (2015), Collections in focus: Susa Seals in the National Museum of Iran
ITP Newsletter Issue 2 (2015), Bulletin Board
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), How the ITP changed my life
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Reasons for celebration: New beginnings for the National Museum of Iran