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Beatrice Adeola Bamigbade

Unity Museum, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM)

Assistant Chief Conservator

Country: Nigeria

ITP Year: 2022


As Assistant Chief Curator, Beatrice is responsible for the preservation of objects in the museum collection, including preventative conservation which Beatrice has a particular interest in and is researching sustainable methods. Bronze is a large part of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments collections, and Beatrice’s work focuses on both textile and bronze conservation, helping to preserve antiquities for posterity. Upon returning to her home museum after the ITP, Beatrice was able to implement a new initiative discouraging the practice of using pesticides to control pests. She lectured on the importance of integrated pest management (IPM) and advocated for harmless procedures that are environmentally friendly and harmless to humans.

Alongside her conservation work, Beatrice works on educative outreach programmes for secondary and tertiary institutions in collaboration with curators to address negative vices in communities. She is currently planning a new exhibition My Virginity: My Pride, targeted at the youth in the museum’s communities.

Beatrice obtained her B.Tech in Microbiology in 2004 from the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger state, Nigeria. In 2017 she obtained a masters in Environmental Microbiology (M.Tech) from the Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo state, Nigeria. Beatrice joined ICOM in December 2022.

Beatrice’s dream for museums of the future is to see an all-inclusive museum that works constantly in partnership with the community to solve societal problems.

At the British Museum
During Beatrice’s time on the International Training Programme she spent time in whole group sessions for a detailed overview of all aspects of the Museum’s work, both front of house and behind the scenes.  Beatrice attended a range of subject specialist sessions, tailored sessions, chosen to reflect her professional interests, role profile and current projects and programmes. She spent her partner placement at Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums in Newcastle.

Beeatrice worked with the ITP 2022 participants to develop a 15-object trail based on a story they wanted to share based around the British Museum collection. The theme of the trail was Food and drink and Beatrice’s chosen object was a cooking bowl from Africa.

Beatrice’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Edith Murphy Foundation.

Legacy projects
In November 2023 Beatrice participated in an ITP legacy project attending the Museums Association Conference held in Newcastle-Gateshead. With fellows from Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Turkey, Beatrice attended a programme structured around the 3-day MA Conference on The Power of Museums.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 10 (2023) Money Gallery echoes ‘the past and present’; Introducing contemporary objects and community voices is the way forward for museums and galleries and Global Africa History Month