12.06.2019 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Malagasy museum professionals strengthen Preventive conservation of museum collections through the "Re-Org" course

Participants in the Re-Org training course at the Andafiavaratra Palace in Madagascar©ICOM-Madagascar

The two-week training workshop is part of the project "Preventive conservation and promotion of the royal collections of the Palace of Manjakamiadana at the Andafiavaratra Palace" being carried out by UNESCO at the request of the Ministry of Communication and Culture in Madagascar, and financed by a generous contribution from the Government of Japan.

In partnership with the International Center for the Study of the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-Madagasikara), UNESCO is organizing a "Re-Org" course for preventive conservation at the Palais d'Andafiavaratra for 26 professionals from the 12 national museums from 11 to 21 June 2019 in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The "Re-Org" method was developed by ICCROM and UNESCO in 2011 to help museums improve the management of their collections in storage by strengthening conservation and access while respecting traditional know-how, local knowledge and cultural diversity. Mr. Gael de Guichen and Mr. Baba Keita, two experts from ICCROM, are leading the course for 10 days with the support of a national team formed by ICOM-Madagasikara.

During the workshop, the participants will focus on the royal collections, which were rescued from the November 1995 fire at the Rova d'Antananarivo (known as the Queen's Palace) before finding refuge at the Palace of Andafiavaratra (formerly the Prime Minister’s Palace) for more than 20 years. Prior to the workshop, as part of the project, UNESCO supported some building repairs of the glass dome and secured windows and doors of the storage areas in the Palace.

After reorganizing the storage areas, the participants will develop a temporary exhibition of the royal collections, which will be displayed on the ground floor of the Andafiavaratra Palace. The public will be invited to visit the exhibition at the end of the workshop on 21 June 2019.

Following the training course, participants will return to their museums to reorganize their own reserves using the "Re-Org" methodology.

"We are very grateful for the financial support of the Government of Japan and the technical support of UNESCO, ICOM-Madagasikara and ICCROM, which allow us to ensure the preventive conservation of our royal collections as well as the collections of other national museums for the benefit of all Malagasy," said H.E. Ms. Lalatiana Andriatongarivo Rakotondrazafy, Minister of Communications and Culture.


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UNESCO 2015 Museums and Collections Recommendation

Ministry of Communication and Culture

Embassy of Japan in Madagascar

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