Learn, Connect and Inspire: International Training Programme at the British Museum
17 MAY 2022
Claire Messenger - British Museum
Heba Khairy - Grand Egyptian Museum
As an international cultural ambassador, the British Museum plays a vital role in introducing its visitors to cultures from around the globe through its enormous collections. Its official mission is to connect audiences from different parts of the world and empower them to appreciate and learn about diverse cultures. In addition, the British Museum has embarked on a journey to train the next generation of heritage and cultural professionals and provide them with global networks that span geographical and cultural boundaries.
Launched in 2006, the International Training Programme (ITP) is the British Museum’s initiative to share various aspects of museum work, help trainees develop skills, disseminate best practice among institutions, increase specialist knowledge and create a global network of colleagues. Over the past 17 years, the International Training Programme has brought 320 people from 54 countries together, covering a full range of museum subjects, such as collections management, storage, and documentation; exhibitions and galleries; photography and imaging; conservation and scientific research; national and international loans; audiences and volunteers; fundraising and income generation.
Please join us for an in-depth session with the manager of the ITP, Claire Messenger and a former participant of the programme, Heba Khairy of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, to learn more about how the International Training Programme and its fellows help shape the museums of the future!
About the speakers
Speaker @The British Museum
Claire manages the British Museum’s International Training Programme (ITP). Her mission is to develop and deliver the annual ITP and other engagement projects which reflect current thinking in the museum’s cultural and heritage sector. Claire and her team work extensively with estates; historical sites; private and public museums; funds; societies; trusts; university museums and departments; overseas institutions, governments and embassies to maintain a global network for the ITP fellows. After obtaining a degree in History and Classics at Swansea University, Claire became an administrator at the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings before moving to the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan. There, she led the department’s administrative team, working principally on loans, exhibitions, department finances, and special projects. Her other titles include ICOM UK committee member, British Egyptian Society Supervisory Board member, and Museum Association member.
@Grand Egyptian Museum
Heba is the exhibition coordinator at the Grand Egyptian Museum. As part of an incredibly important cultural project currently happening in Egypt, Heba’s responsibility is to manage and coordinate the exhibitions inside the galleries dedicated to King Tutankhamun. Previously, she was also the coordinator for the project to relocate King Khufu’s Solar Boat from Giza Plateau to the Museum. Heba has a MA degree in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Site Management. Presently, she is conducting her PhD research on collection management and documentation policies and practices in Egyptian museums. She has participated in various national and international cultural heritage projects, workshops and conferences, including the ITP in 2017 and 2018.
About the moderator
@Asia Art Hong Kong
Li-Chun is an independent art consultant specialising in Chinese ceramics and works of art. She has a background in classical music and industrial design before receiving her Master's in Art Market & Appraisals in England. Li-Chun's profession takes her to international Chinese art auctions, and she continues to give advisory services to private collectors, dealers, and regional auction houses around the world. Her connoisseurship, experience, and market acumen help her source the highest quality objects for a global client base.