The Friends of Basrah Museum (FOBM) held its second training workshop from 8 to 13 December 2018 for seven Basrah Museum staff members and volunteers at ACOR in Amman, Jordan.
Four of the seven trainees had attended the first FOBM programme in January 2018 in Basrah. Dr Noorah Al Gailani and Dr Lamia Al Gailani-Werr were involved in the training aspects for both programmes, which provided continuity and Dr John Curtis took part in the December 2018 training on labelling.
FOBM Workshop Trainers and Organiser were Dr Noorah Al Gailani (Glasgow Museums/Glasgowlife), FOBM Trustees - Dr Lamia Al Gailani Werr and Dr John Curtis OBE, FBA and Joan Porter MacIver, FOBM Training Workshop coordinator.
The Training Programme was supported by Dr Barbara A. Porter, ACOR
Director, and ACOR's wonderful staff
and the USAID SCHEP
team members. The training programme was funded through the Cultural Protection Fund grant. We are particularly grateful to the ACOR Administrative team for all the smooth arrangements and also to the ACOR Library
staff for giving so generously of their time to show the trainees how to use the library. We hope to be working with them in the future on the establishment of a Basrah Museum library as part of the overall project. Michael Morris, Independent Conservator and ACOR CAORC 2018 fellow, gave a presentations on the conservation and Restoration of the Petra North Ridge Aphrodites and Dr Barbara Porter gave an overview of the Petra Papyri conservation and the publication programme on the papyri in the ACOR conservation labs.
On the second day the group visited the site of Umm El Jimal as guests of USAID SCHEP Project (The Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities) for a special event celebrating the completion of USAID SCHEP's work with the Umm el-Jimal Archaelogical Project. The group were taken around the site by Jehad Haron, Deputy Chief of Party. In the photo he is discussing the signage on the site.
The group spent time studying labels and signage at the Jordan Archaeological Museum, the Jordan Museum, and the Al Ahli Bank Numismatic Museum - the latter through the kindness of Hasan Zyoud, Museum Manager, who arranged a kind gift of important books to the Basrah Museum. The majority of the workshop time was focused on discussions of signage and labelling and researching information on the objects in the collection.
Dr Noorah Al Gailani, Dr Lamia Al Gailani-Werr and Dr John Curtis led the discussions and Jordan Museum Curator Dr Ahmed Al Momami provided an afternoon presentation on the Jordan on day one of the workshop.
Photos of the Trainees - Basrah Museum Staff and Volunteers in the ACOR Seminar Room (Photo on Left - trainees Left to Right) : Layan Fadi Issa, Ayat Fadhil Sadkhan Aldeeri, Imad Hussein Abdayoob Al Jafai - the new Basrah Museum Director, Majid Qasim Kadhim, Sarmad Saleem Neamah Al-Saedi, Tamara Hussein Mahdi Alateya and Wisam Abd Ali Abdulhussein Alabid
Dr Curtis presenting ideas to the group with Dr Noorah Al Gailani on his right and Dr Lamia Al Gailani-Werr left and Dr Noorah Al Gailani summing up the workshop conclusions.
Group photos: Final Group Photo in the ACOR Seminar Room with Dr Lamia and Joan Porter MacIver in front on 13 December 2018 and
Dr Curtis with the Trainees at the Amman Citadel on the Museum Day on 10 December 2018