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Sopheara Chap

Sopheara Chap

National Museum of Cambodia

Chief of Education and Publication Office

Country: Cambodia

ITP Year: 2021


Sopheara began her role as the Chief of the Education and Publication Office at the National Museum of Cambodia last year. Previous to this, she was Head of the Ceramics Conservation Laboratory at the Museum where her main responsibility was to train and manage staff in the lab, whilst overseeing conservation work on selected ceramics, examining the objects, analysing data and writing reports and proposals for funding.

A primary research interest is interactive and ‘hands-on’ exhibits which engage visitors and relate to history, traditional production and conservation work. Currently Sopheara is preparing exhibitions in the museum including the labels and panel information for the collections on display in the gallery. She also assists and provides advice on these areas for various provincial museums.

Sopheara has an educational background in Archaeology, Asian Arts, and History of Art and Archaeology and is interested to meet conservators from other museums around the world to share experiences.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme, Sopheara will be based in the Asia Department and her partner placement will be spent at Norfolk Museums Service.

In 2021 participants were asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition on the theme of journeys, drawing on their existing museum experience and the skills learnt during the programme.  Sopheara worked with Choki Tshomo (Bhutan) on her Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled Bosphorus boat crossings: Turkish shadow puppet journeys.

Sopheara’s place on the ITP is generously supported by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.