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Shreen Mohamed Amin Taher

Egyptian Museum, Cairo


Country: Egypt


Shreen Mohamed Amin Taher is the Director of the Children’s Museum at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. She holds degrees and has a research background in translation, Egyptology and cultural heritage management.

Her current work involves designing workshops, programmes and events for classes, groups or individuals to engage them with the objects of the Egyptian Museum.

On top of her role as Director of the Children’s Museum, Shreen was assigned as Head of the main museum’s Education Departments at the Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities in April 2019. She is also in charge of university engagements programmes at the Cultural Administration and Minister of Tourism & Antiquities.

Shreen is working on her Ph.D research for a Heritage and Museum Studies doctoral programme at Helwan University. The subject of her research is the interpretation strategies of industrial heritage in the museums of Egypt.

Shreen is a heritage professional, Egyptologist and translator, with many experiences in different fields including previously working as curator of the Middle Kingdom department of the Egyptian Museum. Shreen is eager to share her ITP experiences with others, believing this method to be a powerful social learning strategy.

In 2017, she presented research at various conferences including City Museums in Egypt as Places for Human Respect at the CAMOC (ICOM), The Role of Museums in Keeping Tradition: Case Study, Nubian Museum in Egypt at the CEPIC, and Heritage Education for Children’s Mummification Workshop Approaches at the 1st Virtual Heritage International Conference, Cairo.

In 2019, Shreen attended the ICOM 25th General Assembly in Kyoto, Japan. There she gave a presentation on the education approaches of the Egyptian Museum.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Shreen was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan. Her UK Partner Museum was Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Newcastle.

Shreen’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Tones of the Past.

Shreen’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

Legacy Projects
In October 2016 Shreen presented at the conference and workshop Learning, Engagement and Museums hosted by Hayk Mkrtchyan (ITP 2014, Armenia) at Cafesjian Centre for the Arts in Yerevan, Armenia. Shreen used her experiences at the Children’s Museum to deliver a case study on children’s learning to ITP Fellows, UK partners and museum educators in Armenia. She was also a member of the working group Families against War.

Shreen successfully submitted a paper for the British Museum’s Annual Egyptological Colloquium, Displaying Egypt. With the support of the ITP she returned to the British Museum in July 2018 to deliver her paper, reconnect with colleagues and establish new working relationships.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 5 (2018), Learning and engagement: Children’s Museum of the Egyptian Museum
ITP Newsletter Issue 6 (2019), Connectivity in the 21st century: making collections accessible, Digital marketing at Egyptian museums
ITP Newsletter Issue 8 (2021) How museums in Egypt are responding to COVID-19: safety measures
ITP Newsletter Issue 8 (2021) Collection in focus: Stela of the Artisan Bay and the universal value of the Egyptian Museum

In 2020, Shreen attended the International Training Programme’s series of online subject specialist sessions. Shreen attended:
Collecting COVID-19
The Samarkand Half Marathon, cultural accessibility and ‘going digital’ during COVID-19
Skill-Sharing Workshop: Interpretation and Label Writing
Egyptology in Lockdown: Connecting collections with isolated people