Jan 18 2018
FOBM January 2018 Museum Training Programme

The Friends of Basrah Museum organised and delivered a six day basic Museum Management Training course in January 2018. The Trainers were Dr Paul Collins (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford & BISI Chairman), Dr Noorah Al-Gailani (GlasgowLife / Glasgow Museums - Burrell Collection, Glasgow), Dr Ulrike Al Khamis (Aga Khan Museum, Toronto) and Dr Lamia Al-Gailani Werr, FOBM Trustee. The Trustees thank these supporting museums for enabling their museum professionals to take part in the intensive training week. The programme was organised by Joan Porter MacIver (Friends of Basrah Museum) and Ali Khadr (Volunteer & BISI Executive Officer). The Programme can be viewed here. The support of the Qahtan Alabeed, the Museum Director and Director of Basrah Antiquities & Heritage, and also from Mr Mahdi Al Musawi, Museum Volunteer and of Bur Alaman Company, was invaluable to the smooth running of the programme. The FOBM Trustees thank HE Qais Al Rasheed, Chairman of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, for his support and assistance with the training programme.

Sixteen participants took part – seven Basrah Museum staff members, three Museum volunteers and six SBAH employees from Samawa, Nasariya, Maisan and Baghdad. The FOBM is planning further training opportunities for the Basrah Museum staff in the final year of its CPF grant. More information on the programme can be found here in the Report & Evaluation.  There are images from the training programme in the Image Gallery.


Training Programme Participants

Participants in the FOBM Training Programme:

(Left to Right) Back row – Sarmad Saleem (Basrah Museum), Fadhil Abdel Abbas (Basrah Museum), Dr Noorah Al-Gailani (Trainer/Glasgow Museums), Haitham Muhsen Sfoog (Baghdad – previously Basrah) and Magid Kassim Kadhim (Basrah Museum); Middle Row – Dr Lamia al Gailani-Werr (FOBM Trustee), Siham Giwad Kadhun (Director Maisan Museum), Dr Ulrike Al-Khamis (Trainer & Aga Khan Museum), Iqbal Kadhim Ajeel (Director Nasiriya Museum), Sufian Muhsen (Head of Governates’ Museum Department, Iraq Museum), Dr Paul Collins (Trainer/Ashmolean Museum), Dr Adil Kassim Sassim (Head of the Natural History Museum, Basrah, & Univ. of Basrah), Wissam Abd Ali Abdul Hussain (Basrah Museum), Sawlan Adnan Alahmar (Samawa Museum), Tamara Alattiyeh (Museum Volunteer and Saraji Palace Museum Project coordinator designate), Sakna Jaber Abdel Latif (Museum Volunteer), Ayat Fadhil Sadkan (Museum Volunteer) and Ali Khadr (Evaluation Report & BISI); Front row kneeling: Joan Porter MacIver (FOBM), Abdel  Razak Khadim (Basrah Museum), Qahtan Al Abeed (Basrah Museum Director) and, Salah Rahi (Samawa Museum).

(Date: January 18, 2018)





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