Friday, September 24, 2010

Egyptian registrars graduate from training initiative

Good news to see that Egyptians are gaining qualifications to take up professions in Egyptology.

Today the Egyptian Museum, the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) celebrated the graduation of the first registrars in Egypt. This ceremony was a culmination of nearly four years of work on creating a Registrar Department in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo and training a team of Egyptians to run the department.

The Egyptian Museum Registrar Training Project, funded by a USAID grant to ARCE’s Egyptian Antiquities Conservation Fund, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has been underway since 2007. This project was dedicated to helping the museum develop modern, centralized collections management procedures, and to train a group of young Egyptians to implement this system as Egypt’s first museum registrars. Through daily training by the ARCE staff, as well as quarterly training from outside experts, the staff of the museum’s new Registration, Collections Management and Documentation Department (RCMDD) have learned the policies, practices and skills needed to oversee the centralized management of the museum’s collections. As a part of the program, selected registrars have traveled abroad to take part in registrars’ conferences in the USA and Europe.

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