Onsite ITP legacy projects beginning next week!

Written by George Peckham, ITP Assistant

We are very excited to be starting two legacy projects onsite at the British Museum next week! Our first legacy projects onsite since the Covid-19 pandemic!

After two years and many online meetings over 2021, we can finally welcome the ITP senior fellows back to the BM for ITP Futures!

Joining us for the week-long programme starting on 13 June at the Museum:

  • Eileen Musundi (Kenya, ITP 2008, Senior Fellow 2013), Head of Exhibitions, National Museums of Kenya
  • Shambwaditya Ghosh (India, ITP 2012, Senior Fellow 2015), PhD Scholar, University of Delhi.
  • Rebecca Njeri Gachihi (Kenya, ITP 2010, Senior Fellow 2016), Research Scientist, National Museums of Kenya.
  • Hayk Mkrtchyan (Armenia, ITP 2014, Senior Fellow 2017), Chair, ICOM Armenia.
  • Mohamed Mokhtar (Egypt, ITP 2015, Senior Fellow 2019), Curator, Abdeen Palace Museums.
  • Bilwa Kulkarni, (India, ITP 2015, Senior Fellow 2021) Education and Programme Coordinator (Consultant), Museum of Solutions.
Senior fellow collage

The Futures team will be joining the ITP team, BM colleagues and UK Partners for a five-day discussion, collaboration and networking event and the results of this collaboration will be rolled out to the rest of the global network for their thoughts and feedback, in order to have a wide-reaching and long-term impact on the aims, objectives and delivery of the ITP.

We have a packed programme planned, consisting of workshops, exhibition and gallery tours, discussions and presentations and there will be a focus on Leadership, including a day trip to Cambridge involving a ‘Leadership and management in the cultural sector’ workshop, at Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam Museum.

The senior fellows will be keeping you updated throughout the week with blogs and social media posts, so stay tuned!

Also joining us next week is Heba Khairy Exhibition Coordinator, The Grand Egyptian Museum, Egypt, (ITP 2017), who will be starting the first onsite element of her co-curation project at the BM.

Working with colleagues in the Department of Egypt and Sudan Heba’s project is to co-curate a small display in Room 4, the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery.  This project will help the British Museum commemorate the centenary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun (opened in November 1922) through objects from the Museum’s collection. The theme of the case will be the ‘legacy’ of Tutankhamun and how he is viewed by Egyptians today.

Heba Khairy in stands in a storage room at the British Museum and is taking a photograph of an Egyptian object shaped like a boat.

Heba has already started this project virtually and has been meeting with ITP and ES colleagues online to discuss ideas for the display. We’ve very excited to be able to finally welcome Heba back the BM where she can work more closely with the department and the Modern Egypt collection.

We will also be sharing updates from Heba about the project throughout the week.