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Norhan Hassan Salem

The Egyptian Museum

Registrar, Museum Educator & Cultural Events Coordinator

Country: Egypt


Norhan is a Registrar in the Registration Collection Management and Documentation Department (RCMDD) and also works as a Museum Educator at the Egyptian Museum of Cairo (EMC). She has worked at EMC since 2012 to present with different specialties. Since February 2020 Norhan has also been involved in the Temporary Exhibitions and Museum Display Department.

Noor has a Bachelor in Egyptology from the Faculty of Archaeology, Egyptology Department at Cairo University and a Diploma in History of Art from the same university. Currently, she is preparing her Master’s thesis in Greco-Roman art titled: Mummies’ Cartonnage in Greco-Roman era in Egypt, Artistic- Anthropological study at the Greco-Roman Department. Noor was the Archaeological Specialist of the Children’s Museum of Lego.


She works in documentation, accessioning, outside requests for the scholars, and inventory. Noor also works in planning the curatorial content of guided tours and in designing workshops for specific occasions; for children, teenagers, adults and also older people in relation with the museum educational and cultural programmes. She assists with temporary exhibitions, with responsibilities including loans, museum display and labelling.

She has participated in the following projects – Egypt Documentation Project, the British Museum, Department of Egypt and Sudan, and the Ministry of Antiquities. And the Memphis Site and Community Development project (MSCD), Ancient Egypt Associates (AERA), University of York and the Ministry of Antiquities. Norhan is a member of the Egyptian Coffins Conservation Project (EMCCP).

Norhan published a paper in ICOM – CIMCIM Conference which was held in Paris in February 2020. She participated in ICOM – CIDOC in the virtual conference which was held in December with a paper entitled: The impact of Egypt Documentation Project – the British Museum on the Collection Management of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Noor enjoys participating in the museum’s temporary exhibitions, events and workshops as she finds these activities allow her to be involved with the museum’s visitors and local community. She is always interested in getting in touch with other cultures and living through new experiences.

At the British Museum
During her time on the 2017 ITP, Noor was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan and spent her partner placement at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Noor worked with fellow Zulkifli bin Ishak (Curator, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia) on her exhibition proposal project, entitled Royal Headgear: Symbolism, Protection and Kingship.

Legacy projects
In October 2018 Noor attended the ITP+ Course on Museum Interpretation in Aswan. Fellows and colleagues from Egypt, Sudan and around the world listened to interpretation case studies and participated in project work, sessions on label & panel writing and panel discussions on audience surveys and evaluations. The course was hosted by the Nubia Museum.