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Asmaa El-Rabat

Egyptian Museum

Head of Archive Section

Country: Egypt


Asmaa joined the ITP in 2014 as a Curator of Archaeology at the Egyptian Museum. In 2016 she became the Head of Archives at the Egyptian Museum. Since the ITP summer programme Asmaa became a Curator of Internal Exhibition Management and joined the British Museum’s Egyptian Documentation Project, sponsored by Arcadia Fund. Through this project Asmaa and her team are conducting archival research and archiving photographic negatives. In April 2018 this work culminated in the opening at the Egyptian Museum of the exhibition Capturing Egypt on Glass.

Asmaa’s role involves the documentation, rehousing and digitization of glass negatives, as part of a preservation project in cooperation between the British Museum and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Asmaa gives training course and lectures inside and outside the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, to spread knowledge about archives around Egypt.

Asmaa was involved in the cooperation project between in the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the European Union for a new display of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, by collecting the suitable archive materials for the new display.

In October 2020, Asmaa obtained her Master’s degree. Her thesis was titled, The treasures of the Egyptian Museum archive – Theoretical, practical, and Analytical Studying.

In November-December 2020, Asmaa participated in the Levantine Foundation training course, organized by the British Museum, Levantine Foundation and the Egyptian Exploration Society, and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The course was titled, Safeguarding Egyptian Cultural Heritage through Preservation, Conservation and Digitisation, Cairo.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2014, Asmaa was based in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan and her partner placement was spent at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford.

In 2014 participants were asked to prepare a project outlining an exhibition proposal based on the Asahi Shimbun Displays – a temporary exhibition in Room 3 at the British Museum.  Asmaa’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Daily Life in Ancient Egypt in the Past and Present.

Asmaa’s place on the programme was generously supported by the John S. Cohen Foundation.

Continued Dialogue
Asmaa attended an Egyptian ITP Fellow reunion held at the British Embassy in Cairo, in April 2018.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), How the ITP changed my life