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Tamara Alateya

Basra Heritage Office

Museum Project Manager and Museum Volunteer

Country: Iraq

ITP Year: 2019


Holding a master’s in translation studies, Tamara splits her time between working as a cultural activist for several cultural institutions and being a translator and writer. For the past three years she has been working as a volunteer at the Basra Museum and Basra’s Heritage Office. She is responsible for managing a project for a new museum and cultural centre to be named Iraq’s Modern History Museum.

Tamara is currently working on her first translated book on Basra’s history in the 1920s. Aside from this, she is conducting research on several topics related to the history and heritage of Iraq from international angles.

At the British Museum

During her time on the International Training Programme in 2019 Tamara was based in the Middle East Department and spent her partner placement at National Museums Northern Ireland.

In 2019 participants were asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition around an object from the Museum’s collection working within the theme of journeys.  Tamara worked with Elizabeth Asafo-Adjei (Ghana) on her Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled The Odyssey: an encounter with peace.

Tamara’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Mosawi Foundation.

Continued dialogue
In 2022, Tamara gave a talk for Lakeside Arts (a partnership with the University of Nottingham Museum – an ITP UK Partner Museum) titled The Establishment of Iraq’s First Maritime Heritage Museum.