The first day was very exciting. I got to know a little more about the history of the British Museum and its various departments and organization. Our hosts talked about the goals of the International Training Programme and I could understand more fully the importance of institutional exchange.
I also had the pleasure of listening to all my fellow participants, and other institutions in the UK, talk about their museums and activities.
The presentations demonstrated a wide variety of museums, activities, professional interests and experiences. Through the words of these colleagues I was able to confirm something I have reflected upon for years: when the subject is the museum, we are dealing with history, cultural diversity, identity, memory, sensibility, education and knowledge. For me these things make the Museum a very important institution because it is found all over the world. It is a special place to reflect on ourselves and the world around us.
In the afternoon I fraternised with the friendly members of the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, with whom I will undoubtedly have deep discussions with during the next six weeks.
Fabíola Andréa Silva, Curator of the Brazilian Ethnographic Collections, Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, São Paulo, Brazil.