ITP+ Aswan | Museum Interpretation

Written by Claire Messenger, International Training Programme Manager

We are delighted to announce that we have finalised dates and attendees for the next ITP+ which will be held in Aswan, Egypt and will focus on museum interpretation.  The conference and workshop will be held at the Nubian Museum in Aswan (with the kind agreement of the Ministry of Antiquities, Egypt) from 23 to 25 October 2018, with an additional day for visits and guided tours of some local sites.


We are delighted that we will be joined by ITP alumni from Egypt, India, Nigeria, Sudan and Uganda.  We will also be joined by 10 curators and other museum staff from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

ITP fellows attending are as follows:

Huzoor Choudhry (ITP 2008, India)
Independent Consultant, Huzoor Designs
Murtarda Bushara (ITP 2008, Sudan)
Site Manager: Jebel Barkal and Napatan region, NCAM
Ayman Eltayeb (ITP 2009, Sudan)
Senior Curator, Sudan National Museum
Nimat Mohamed Elhassan (ITP 2009, Sudan)
Director, Khalifa House Museum
Cynthia Iruobe (ITP 2010, Nigeria)
Assistant Chief Curator, National Commission for Museums and Monuments
Vandana Prapanna (ITP 2010, India)
Senior Curator: Indian Miniature Painting, CSMVS
Souad Fayez Ebeid (ITP 2010, Egypt)
Director General, Beni Suef Museum
Ghalia Garelnabi Abdelrahman (ITP 2010, Sudan)
Director, Sudan National Museum
Jackline Besigye (ITP 2013, Uganda)
Principal Conservator: Sites and Monuments, Uganda National Museum
Amani Mohammed (ITP 2013, Sudan)
Senior Curator, Sudan National Museum
Hadeer Belal (ITP 2013, Egypt)
Curator, Coptic Museum
Mohammed Mokhar (ITP 2015, Egypt)
Curator, Abdeen Palace Museum
Sayed Ahmed Fadl (ITP 2016, Egypt)
Curator, National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation
Norhan Hassan Salem (ITP 2017, Egypt)
Registrar, Museum Educator and Cultural Events Coordinator, Egyptian Museum in Cairo


The conference and workshop will be led by two interpretation specialists from the British Museum and two curators specialising in Egypt and Sudan from our UK and Programme Partner museums.

The conference will look at case studies from selected delegates on new thinking around the following key areas:

  • Museum interpretation – looking at label and panel text, in-gallery information and interactives etc.
  • Community engagement
  • Object display and audience engagement

The workshop will focus on discussions, breakout groups and project work in specific subject areas including:

  • Identifying audiences
  • Defining key messages
  • Constructing narratives
  • Label and panel writing and the potential use of ‘gateway objects’
  • Incorporating other voices and perspectives
  • The methods, benefits and challenges of internal and external evaluations.


Once the speakers and programme are finalised, we will share those with you and if you have any thoughts or ideas for the event, please share them with us: we’d love to be able to include as many ‘voices’ as possible.