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Cynthia Iruobe

National Commission for Museums and Monuments

Chief Curator

Country: Nigeria


Cynthia is a Chief Curator in her institution. Her day-to-day activities are numerous and involve the basic documentation and research of collections that are not on display and have not currently been documented (either brought in by archaeologists or vendors). She also conducts necessary and constant house-keeping because the climate in Lagos means that dust settles on objects easily. Cynthia also has to redo tag cards that have experiences wear and tear and to carry out inventories of the collections.

Cynthia is also the Head of the Export Permit Unit within the Documentation Department of her institution. This Unit ensures that collections that are going our on exhibition within and outside the country are well documented and are issued with a clearance permit to travel. It is also a Unit that fives receipts to travelers with an assurance that the items they are traveling with are non-antiquities (as a lot of classical works are copied).

Cynthia has worked to document objects that were repatriated from various countries and put together an exhibition on these pieces. Since participating in the ITP in 2010, she has been actively involved in several exhibitions in her institution.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2010, Cynthia was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and her partner placement was spent at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Newcastle.

Cynthia’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Ikenga.

Legacy Projects
In October 2018 Nimat attended the ITP+ Course on 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.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 2 (2013), Bulletin Board
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2015), Reasons for celebration: Nigeria Museums at 70
ITP Newsletter Issue 4 (2016), Bulletin Board