Soad Fayez Mahrous Ebeid
The Beni Suef Museum
ITP Year: 2010
Soad is the Director General of the Beni Suef Museum. Previously, she has worked as the Head of Pharaonic Department, a curator and a museum educator, so has a wide and varied background in museums.
Currently the Beni Suef Museum is closed to the public so Soad’s time is spent developing and planning for when it re-opens. She works to create events, partnerships and projects with other institutions so that the local community remains invested and involved in the Museum. She makes connections and plans projects with the local community and schools. She gives lectures in schools with the aim of ensuring the children learn about Egyptian civilisations. Particularly she is interested in working with small villages and poor communities – those who might not otherwise get this opportunity.
In 2018, Soad collaboarated with the Media Faculty of Beni Suef University and some civil officials to set up a media tourism conference. The conference aimed to put Beni Suef on the local and global tourist map; making full use of the archaeological, tourist and environmental resources in Beni Suef and to spearhead the awareness of archaeology and civilisations among the people.
At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2010, Soad was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan and her partner placement was spent at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Newcastle.
In 2010 participants were asked to develop a proposal for a small temporary exhibition – based on British Museum objects – on some aspect of their own cultures. Soad’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Rosetta Stone.
In October 2018 Soad attended the ITP+ Course on Museum interpretation in Aswan. Fellows and colleagues from Egypt, Sudan and around the world listened to interpretation case studies, participated in project work, sessions on label & panel writing and panel discussions on audience surveys and evaluations. The course was hosted by the Nubian Museum.