From 10 February to 21 February 2019, ICCROM-Sharjah and its project partners conducted two workshops on Education and Museum Management in Khartoum for the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM) in Sudan, funded by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport.
The aim of the Education Management Workshop was to create a learning framework for Sudan’s museums that will enrich the experience they provide for their communities. Participants in the workshop included staff and teachers from the three museums involved in the Western Sudan Community Museums (WSCM) project, along with the National Museum of Sudan and six other regional museums. The workshop was led by Fatma Mostafa, Vice President of the Cairo Children Centre for Civilization and Creativity.
The aim of the Museum Management Workshop was to review NCAM’s museum framework and develop sustainable strategies for the future. Participants in the workshop included NCAM senior management and the directors of the National and regional museums. The workshop was led by Dr. Ossama Abdel Wareth, Director of the Cairo Children Centre for Civilization and Creativity.
The two-week workshop included an Open Day event for the larger NCAM community to discuss their vision for NCAM 2025. It was opened by the State Minister of Culture, Somia Okued, and the Chairman of the National Corporation of Antiquities and Museums, Professor Fuddel. A brief introduction on the work of the WSCM Project thus far was made by Dr Abdelrahman Ali, Director General of NCAM, and Michael Mallinson of Mallinson Architects.
By the end of this course, participants understood the central issues and processes which shape museums education and museum management in modern museology. They analysed learning processes and public needs, addressed representing intangible cultural heritage of their community as well as tangible cultural heritage, and also learned to evaluate the aims and effectiveness of museum educational programs and events.
The British Council's £30m Cultural Protection Fund, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is set up to protect cultural heritage at risk due to conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.