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Azza El Said Rezk Abd El Maqsoud

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Senior Curator and Head of Education

Country: Egypt

ITP Year: 2016


Azza El Said Rezk Abd El Maqsoud is Head of Education and a Senior Curator at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in Cairo and the Head of Educational Departments of Governmental Museums at The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

Azza is also Director of High Secure Store “Minor arts”.

Azza is a PhD candidate and her dissertation is about Egyptian maritime heritage.  She has a masters degree in Museum Studies from Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, Helwan University. Her thesis is under the title of Museums and Cultural landscapes, National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) and the Surrounding Area (Case Study).

Azza graduated from the Faculty of Art and she is a specialist in Greek and Roman antiquity. She also has two diplomas; one from the Faculty of Education Early Childhood at Cairo University as a Special Needs Specialist. The second diploma is on Conservation and Restoration, Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University.

Her current work includes providing the ministry with every detail about museums education planning, programmes, activities, and education evaluations from different museums in order to enrich museums educations departments in Egypt.

Her current research project is about devising methods to make a connection between museums and cultural landscapes through education programme activities. Through her passion for creating and narrating stories, Azza intends to revive heritage through puppet theatre, plays and storytelling.

At the British Museum

During her time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Azza was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan. Her UK Partner Museum was Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford.

In 2016, participants were asked to develop a proposal for an Asahi Shimbun Display – a temporary exhibition in Room 3 at the British Museum – based around a single ‘spotlight’ object.  Azza’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Drumming Up People.

Azza’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by Lincoln and Lillian Chin.