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Yanoa Pomalima, wearing a grey jumper and orange shirt.

Yanoa Pomalima Carrasco

Ministry of Culture Peru, National Museum (MUNA)

Museums and Heritage Consultant

Country: Peru

ITP Year: 2022


Yanoa has worked for the Ministry of Culture since 2012, and as a museologist Yanoa assists in the development of guidelines and advice for 56 different museums. Her responsibilities include curatorial work for temporary and permanent exhibitions, designing educational activities, developing interpretation content, and guiding professionals from museums’ education and curatorial departments to address their needs. Alongside this, she works on digital workshops for museum workers, proposals for virtual educational activities, scripts for exhibitions, curatorial content for 360 degree virtual tours, and audio guides. Due to her experience in participatory curatorial projects with native communities, Yanoa encourages colleagues to include local voices and their ideas to create meaningful narratives highlighting stories behind collections.

Since 2023, Yanoa has taken on new challenges by creating a museum consulting firm, providing expertise and support to museum projects, with a line of work aimed at accessibility and inclusion within archaeological sites and museums. Currently, she is working with the communication and interpretation department of the Museo de América (Spain) where she is creating interpretation and educational material and organises workshops that seek youth engagement in the museum and its collection.

Yanoa’s museum interests include Peruvian museums and the current connection they have with ancestral cultures. Other interests are the methodologies and practices currently applied in different museums around the world on issues such as counter-narratives, technology, and educational programming as well as policies relating to sustainability.

Yanoa’s dream for museums of the future is for museums to become participatory and engagement spaces where visitors are not only spectators but become part of the institution as members of a constantly changing society whose voices reinterpret and redefine its collections.

At the British Museum
During Yanoa’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.  She also attended range of subject specialist sessions and tailored sessions chosen to reflect her professional interests, role profile and current projects and programmes. Yanoa spent her partner placement at Glasgow Museums.

Yanoa 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 Yanoa’s chosen object was a Paccha (fertility vessel).

Yanoa’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Aall Foundation.

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