Two ITP Legacy Projects starting next week!

We are very excited to be starting two legacy projects next week!

A regular feature of the ITP calendar every year is attending the Museums Association Conference. This year’s conference is being held in Edinburgh and we are looking forward to welcoming five ITP fellows to join us for a week-long programme based around the MA Conference and visits to museums to Scotland.

The theme for the MA Conference 2022 is Make Change Happen. With hope growing that the worst of the global pandemic is over, this year’s conference explored how museums can create better places to live and work in a post-Covid world. To do this, museums need to tackle a number of crucial issues, including the climate crisis, inequalities and racism, the legacy of empire, and wellbeing.

MA conference collage

Topics which will be covered at the conference include: environment and sustainability, antiracism and inclusivity, wellbeing, the legacy of empire, and more.

The five fellows who will be arriving in Edinburgh this Saturday 29 October are:

  • Nagwa Abdelzaher Mohamed Bakr (Egypt, ITP 2018), Community Engagement Officer, Ministry of Antiquities
  • Chantal Umuhoza (Rwanda, ITP 2018), Curator, Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR)
  • Alsu Akhmetzyanova (Uzbekistan, ITP 2019), Consultant, The World Bank Project
  • Ioan Oprea (Romania, ITP 2019), Conservator, National Museum of the Union Alba Iulia, Unity Museum
  • Marine Mkrtchyan (Armenia, ITP 2014), CEO, Russian Art Museum

The programme will include attending the MA Conference, as well as visits to V&A Dundee, University of Aberdeen Museums and Special Collections, Aberdeen Archives, Gallery and Museums and National Museums Scotland.

We also have another legacy project taking place over the next week, which is the ITP Leadership Week!

The project is focused on new, emerging leaders within the ITP network, or fellows who are looking to develop their leadership and management skills to enable their career development. The first half of the week will be based at the British Museum, where three fellows will be taking part in sessions and workshops which aim to provide practical tips to support their leadership skills. The days will cover topics such as governance; crisis management; leading change; collaborative leadership; digital transformation; civic leadership; leadership in action and managing resources.

ITP leadership week collage

The three fellows attending the ITP leadership week are:

  • Ma. Yohana Frias, Media Production Specialist, National Museum of the Philippines, Philippines, ITP 2018
  • Andrea Terrón Gomez, Guatemala, ITP 2017, Senior Fellow 2018, Head of Galleries, Bateman Gallery Foundation, Victoria
  • Shambwaditya Ghosh, India, ITP 2012, Senior Fellow 2015, PhD Scholar, University of Delhi

For the second part of the week Yohana, Andrea and Shambwaditya will travel to Edinburgh to also attend the MA Conference with the other group!

We’re really looking forward to welcoming all 8 fellows back to the UK for these legacy projects, and also to be attending the Museums Association Conference in person for the first time since 2019!

Stay tuned for blogs and photos throughout the week from both projects!