18.06.2012 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Museum seminar series for Jordanian museums continues

©UNESCO AMMANParticipants at the training seminar at the Department of Antiquities

©UNESCO AMMANMuseum training seminar at the Department of Antiquities

In partnership with the Department of Antiquities two seminars on museum management and conservation issues was held from 18 to 19 June 2012. The training was held at the Department of Antiquities and attended by more than 20 Jordanian museum specialists.

Both seminars ‘Preventive Conservation in Museums and Archaeological Sites: An Introduction’ and ‘Storage Facilities and Management: An Introduction’ were held by a leading international expert in the field of preventive conservation. The first seminar underlined the need for preventative conservation to avoid and minimize future deterioration or loss of our cultural heritage. During the lecture, museum staff was referred to as “doctors of cultural heritage”, without which, our cultural heritage would not be healthy, or survive. To this end it was emphasized that the message of cultural heritage’s value needs to be communicated to the public, in addition to a maximum amount of conservation applied, in order for the healthiest, most well preserved collection of tangible heritage for future generations.

In the second seminar, the necessity of proper storage facilities for museums was emphasized. To achieve proper storage, a process of reorganization of was suggested to make cultural heritage more accessible, safe, and documented. Museum collections’ storage faces problems of conservation and management, and disorganization all over the world. For this reason, a great investment of labour is required in museum storage facilities to improve their conditions, which is necessary in order to secure these memory enriching objects. The expert also presented a new methodology developed by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in partnership with UNESCO for the easy organization of storages (for more information visit the website of Re-org methodology at the following link).

The idea to hold a museum seminar series was born in November 2010 when a lecture on Education and Outreach in museums was held upon the request of the Department of Antiquities. Due to the positive response this lecture led to a series of focused and facilitated seminars on issues related to the management of museums for museum professionals. The first three seminars in the series took place in 2011 and were titled: ‘Structuring the Museum’, ‘Measuring Success in a Museum’, and ‘Museum Security and Risk Preparedness’, respectively.

The goal of this series is two-fold: first, to provide the museum professionals in Jordan with some supplementary information to assist them in managing their collections; and second, to develop a network of professionals of public and private museums. The continuation of the museum seminar series is an important opportunity to improve the management of museums and cultural objects in Jordan, and will hopefully be continued in Jordan for years to come.

For more information contact: Ms Valentina Gamba, v.gamba@unesco.org




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