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Miral Taha

Miral Taha Ismael Abdelrahman

Antiquities Museum, Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chief Curator

Country: Egypt

ITP Year: 2013


Miral’s work involves registering and documenting the museum’s collection in specialised registers, participating in publishing a museum catalogue, and researching, compiling and preparing written information about collections to be published on the museum’s website.

Miral was previously a curator at the Museum and worked to change the display of the pieces periodically to provide returning visitors with new collections to explore. In this role she collaborated with other institutions to organise exhibitions, workshops and conferences. Miral also took on administrative responsibilities including supporting visiting researchers in the museum and working on the museum website.

A big project which the museum is working on and Miral is contributing to is the launch of a virtual tour which will include a virtual model of the museum as well as 3D scanned models for the displayed artefacts. Within the museum there will be opportunities to explore the artefacts in more detail by taking an “artefact tour”. These tours will include visual explanatory material such as maps, photos and videos in addition to the text in order to enhance the experience of the visitor.

Miral is also working with colleagues in preparing a temporary exhibition: “A Decade of Dominican Archaeology in Egypt: Excavation at Toposiris Magna”.  This temporary exhibition was held by the Egyptian Museum in Cairo 5 years ago and the Antiquities Museum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina will be the second one to host more than 140 artefacts excavated in Taposiris Magna by the Dominican Republic including new pieces most recently excavated.

Miral is also working on a PhD.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2013, Miral was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan and her partner placement was spent at Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum.

In 2013 participants are asked to prepare a project outlining an exhibition proposal based on the space and programme for the British Museum’s Asahi Shimbun Displays in Room 3.  Miral’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Music in Ancient Egypt.

Miral’s place on the programme was generously supported by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

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