Posted by: BM ITP | April 15, 2014

Excavations at Ras al-Hadd, Oman

Excavations of the Iron Age layers at the Ras al-HaddFort site.

Excavations of the Iron Age layers at the Ras al-HaddFort site.

Last week’s staff breakfast introduced us to the Ras al-Hadd excavations, undertaken by colleagues in the Middle East Department at the BM.

The Ras al-Hadd peninsula is situated on the eastern coast of Oman, where the Gulf of Oman spills from the Persian Gulf into the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. This places it at an important point for ancient trading between East Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Arabian Peninsula, and gives great potential to the archaeology of the area.

The BM initially undertook a survey, soundings and some excavation works in the area in the 1990’s and were invited back, by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture of Oman, to continue the work in 2013/14. This time investigating previous occupation at the site of the fort at Hadd.

Find out more about the excavations at Ras al-Hadd here.


Posted by: BM ITP | March 24, 2014

ITP 2013 Report

We are pleased to share with you the 2013 ITP Report.

Posted by: BM ITP | March 21, 2014

From temple to home: celebrating Ganesha

The ITP team would like to congratulate Manisha Nene, Asst. Director (Galleries), CSMVS, Mumbai on the opening of her show From Temple to Home; Celebrating Ganesha here at the British Museum.

ganesha-contrast50Manisha came on the International Training Programme in 2011 and, like many of our past participants, she was asked to prepare a project outlining an exhibition proposal based on the Room 3 (Asahi Shimbun Displays) space and programming. Her original concept Visions of Ganesha, which is the show that has now been transformed into From Temple to Home; Celebrating Ganesha, clearly demonstrates the hard work and imagination that goes into all the participants proposals. While here in February, Manisha gave a staff breakfast and a public lecture to introduce her exhibition – both were fascinating insights in to the subject and very well attended.

It has been wonderful having Manisha here in London and a real pleasure working with her again.

Posted by: BM ITP | March 20, 2014

Past Participant facilitator 2014

We are pleased to announce that Jana Alaraj from Palestine-Bethlehem (ITP 2011) will be joining us as our 2014 past-participant facilitator.
We were delighted at the number of high quality applications for this further training opportunity and would like to thank everyone that took the time and trouble to apply. This role is now an essential part of the annual International Training Programme and funding permitting, we are currently planning other legacy opportunities for our past participant group, so hopefully there will be plenty of opportunities for us all to work together in the future.
Jana will be joining us from Monday 14th July to Saturday 27th September 2014 and will bring her invaluable experience of the Programme, of London and the BM partner museums to this summer’s ITP.

Jana writes:-Jana

My name is Jana Alaraj from Palestine-Bethlehem and I participated in the ITP in 2011. I graduated with a major in Architecture and a minor in Archaeology from Birzeit University in 2012 and since then I have had the opportunity to work as a Teacher and Research Assistant at the Department of Architectural Engineering at Birzeit University.
I also have been participating, as a volunteer, on an Archaeological Landscape Survey in the hinterland of Khirabt al mafjar at Jericho/ Palestine with Dr. Mahmoud Hawari. Over the past three years I have been studying, researching, training students surveying and excavating the landscape in Jericho.
This year I am honoured to be a part of the ITP programme. I can’t wait to meet all the 2014 participants and learn and discover more about each culture, museum and traditions that you all have, and in turn to pass on my experience from ITP 2011.
Finally, on a personal note, I have been engaged since October 2013 to a great man, his name is Shadi and now we are planning for our wedding.

Posted by: BM ITP | February 28, 2014

The World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre


The World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) is the largest building project undertaken by The British Museum since the opening of the Great Court in 2000. The WCEC will address a number of issues highlighted in the Museum’s master plan, and will deliver:

  • A new exhibitions suite, which will allow the Museum to continue to host exhibitions to an international standard.
  • The International Conservation and Science Centre to include laboratories, conservation studios, workshops and offices.
  • A Collections Management Hub for the reception and dispatch of objects, and a new suite of stores, workshops and loan facilities.
  • Improvements to the Museum’s storage capacity, which will allow the consolidation of the anthropological collection to the main Bloomsbury site.

You can explore the WCEC building, which is located at the north-west corner of the Bloomsbury site, here:

Funding for the WCEC has come from a variety of sources including, The Linbury Trust, The Monument Trust, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Wolfson Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation and the family of Constantine Leventis, the Clothworkers’ Foundation, the Fidelity U.K. Foundation, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, the Band Trust as well as on going funding from The Department for Culture Media and Sport.

The first exhibition in the WCEC will be the forthcoming Vikings: life and legend show. Find out more about the exhibition and the WCEC project below:

Micropasts project


Last week’s staff breakfast gave us an introduction to the various externally funded projects currently being undertaken by the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).

We were introduced to a project funded by CreativeWorks (AHRC), and developed by PAS to visually map coin finds in the UK recorded by the scheme. This includes mapping coin finds and linking them to their mints and the heat-mapping of coin finds to illustrate geographical concentrations. Both will shortly be available online, and the technology is both open source and optimised for mobile devises.

External funding has also allowed the scheme’s page to be updated with a new forum which aims to crowdsource knowledge and information on archaeological finds in the UK.

The AHRC funded Micropasts project, is an 18 month collaborative project between the BM, University College London and PAS, which aims to develop a web platform where academics and members of the public can collaborate, to produce innovative open datasets, develop new research projects, and hopefully source funding to allow the projects to be sustainable. Engaging with both established communities and a wider crowd of contributors afforded by the web, crowdsourcing knowledge helps to enrich the existing projects, and can be used to tag photographs, transcribe and digitise index cards and develop 3D modelling.

Please see the links below to find out more about these projects:

Portable Antiquities Scheme

We are pleased to announce that for the 2014 International Training Programme we are able to offer a fully-funded placement for a ITP past-participant to join us again at the British Museum.

The aim of the placement will be for a past-participant to work with the ITP team to develop and deliver next year’s ITP, bringing their invaluable experience of the Programme, of London and the BM partner museums to the 2014 programme.

Please find the full description and the application details here. The application deadline is 21 February 2014.

Posted by: BM ITP | January 21, 2014

External Evaluation of the ITP

We would like to share with you the results from our external evaluation conducted in 2013, as many of you know, an external, objective evaluation of the impact of the ITP has been completed by Annabel Jackson Associates, specialists in the evaluation of arts and culture programmes, economic development and advocacy. Our aim was to ensure that the ITP is resulting in the desired impact: improve participants’ museum’s practice, develop their own careers and create a network of colleagues around the world who can work together. The evaluation comprised interviews with former participants, as well as staff from the British Museum and nine other UK institutions. A full summary, detailed conclusions and data are presented in the report.

Posted by: BM ITP | January 21, 2014

ITP Newsletter

We are delighted to say that the first edition of the ITP newsletter has now been printed! We hope that this will help ITP participants stay in contact with each other across the years and across the globe.

We hope you enjoy reading it!

Click here to download: ITP Newsletter Issue 1

Posted by: BM ITP | December 20, 2013

Seasons Greetings from the ITP!

Season's Greetings from the ITP!

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