25.09.2017 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

UNESCO begins project to help safeguard the collections of the Rova de Manjakamiadana Palace Museum in Madagascar

Staff of the Museum of the Palais d’Andafiavaratra (c) UNESCO

Funding from the Government of Japan to the Ministry of Culture of Madagascar (Ministère de la Culture, de la Promotion de l'Artisanat et de la Sauvegarde du Patrimoine) is supporting a new UNESCO project to safeguard the collections of the Rova de Manjakamiadana Palace Museum, which were rescued from the 1995 fire that destroyed the building complex.

A UNESCO mission visited Antananarivo, Madagascar from 25 to 28 September 2017 to develop a work plan for the one year project, which aims to strengthen capacities of museum staff to inventory, conserve, store and display the collection of royal artefacts, which range from furniture, numismatics and jewellery to paintings, weapons and textiles.

The UNESCO mission team included French conservation expert, Ms. Yveline Huguet, and Ms. Karalyn Monteil, Programme Specialist for Culture at the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa. They used the UNESCO-ICCROM tools developed through the online platform Re-Org to review the documentation and storage needs of the museum collections.

Following this mission, a series of training workshops will be carried-out over the next year to ensure the museum collection is inventoried and documented and that the storage conditions are improved.

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