CSC signs MoU on establishing Saudi-Greek Business Council    Eng. Al-Falih starts Greece visit with aim of strengthening investment relations    Photo exhibition on march of Saudi Arabia's kings, urban development opened    Tourism Ministry highlights investment opportunities in AHIC    EU calls for quick resumption of Iran nuclear talks    French ambassador to return to Washington after Macron-Biden talks    A peep into diverse manifestations of National Day festivities during 56 years    Afghanistan's healthcare system on brink of collapse, as hunger hits 95 percent of families    Saudis, expats mourn death of prominent Filipino preacher in Riyadh    The Crown Prince's keenness to develop citizens' capabilities    Joe Biden plays down chances of UK-US trade deal    Saudi Arabia observes Alzheimer's Day with rest of world    Sex and the City star Willie Garson dies aged 57    Saudi exports increase 79.6% in July    Workshop organized with investors from German companies in Riyadh    John Lennon stamps inspiring message of peace, on UN's big week    Al Burj, Chinar, CSG, Kashmir Stags, ARM, Pak Zalmi record big wins in Kanoo League    Four million Indians suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, conference told    Saudi International, Asian Tour confirm historic partnership    Boxer Pacquiao to run for Philippine president in 2022    Saudi Arabia to host Youth Weightlifting World Championships    Bollywood actor Sidharth Shukla dies at 40    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Directs KSrelief to Urgently Provide Malaysia with Medical, Preventive Equipment and Supplies to Address COVID-19 Pandemic    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Maldives on Independence Day    Weather Forecast for Sunday    RSNF Commander Patronizes Ceremonial Launching of His Majesty's Ship "Jazan"    OIC Condemns Houthi Attempts to Target Civilians in Saudi Arabia    Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood cities, provinces    Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead    U.S. Records 64,321 New Infections of Coronavirus    Without Fans, Tokyo Olympics Kicked Off    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Dr. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabia's Pick to Chair IsDB Group for the next five years, unanimously approved by BoG Committee of Procedures    Saudi Press: Fitch affirms Saudi Credit Rating at "A" with a revised outlook to stable from negative    Handled Cargo at Saudi Ports Increases during June 2021    SDAIA, DARP & STC Launch Pilgrim's Smart Bracelet (NUSK)    Tabuk sculptor spends 8 years in carving entire Holy Qur'an on 30 marble slabs    2 Goals by Diaz Gives Colombia 3rd Place at Copa America    Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, 98, passes away, and with him an era    Saudi Cinema Night at Arab World Institute in Paris Kicks Off    KSU Leads Joint International Scientific Project for Early Detection of Breast Cancer    Saudi Arabia to Participate in Cannes Film Festival 2021    Arab Cup U-17 Championship Draw Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Palestine, Kuwait, in the 1st Group    AWI Hosts Saudi Cinema Nights in Paris    Brazil Beats Chile at Copa America Despite 2nd-Half Red Card    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



Sharjah Museums Department celebrates 10th anniversary
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 16 - 05 - 2016

Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) will use the occasion of International Museum Day to celebrate its tenth anniversary with a review of its successes over the past decade and a raft of new measures to improve visitor experiences.
The department was founded in 2006 by Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, with a mandate to support Emirati, Arab and Islamic heritage and to further the appreciation of culture and the arts among the wider community.
Since then, SMD has managed and developed 16 of the region's finest museums, covering science, the arts, archaeology, Islamic civilization, the marine world, calligraphy, Sharjah's history and much more.
The department will celebrate International Museum Day on May 18 by reviewing past successes and planning its strategy over the next decade.
Objectives include greatly expanding its public education programme, increasing specialized training for tour guides and curators, improving museum accessibility, and hosting more prestigious local and international exhibitions.
Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Department, said: "This significant anniversary presents us with the perfect opportunity to look back on the past ten years and ensure we are aligned with our objectives.
"When His Highness Sheikh Sultan launched SMD in 2006, he did so with the intention of it becoming a driving force for the appreciation of local heritage, culture, and the arts. He also wanted it to spearhead education campaigns for children so that they would grow up with a deep understanding of our heritage and the world around us.
"Since launching as a relatively small organization and gradually expanding to where we are now, SMD has constantly sought to fulfill Sheikh Sultan's objective and we will find new ways of doing so through bigger and better initiatives, partnerships, and facilities."
SMD's development over the past ten years has seen it develop into a well-structured governmental department with clearly-defined roles for its sub-departments and 16 museums.
Past museum projects have included the opening of Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization and Sharjah Aquarium in 2008, and Sharjah Maritime Museum in 2009. The past four years have seen the reopening of Sharjah Heritage Museum and Sharjah Classic Cars Museum, as well as the completion of the Sharjah Fort restoration project and museum reinterpretation and design.
Visitor numbers at SMD's museums have grown gradually over the years, building on strong ties with the community and gaining many loyal visitors from school groups and universities who benefit from the vast resources of the museums in their academic pursuits, to resident families and tourists who are always looking for unique cultural experiences. Since its inception in 2006, SMD has increased visitor numbers by about 60%. The growth is linked to a twin strategy of attracting overseas visitors to notable exhibitions and collections, and building a loyal following among local community members.
One of SMD's main achievements has been to attract exhibitions from some of the most prestigious museums in the world, including, but not limited to, The Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Vatican Museums, the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art, the Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Netherlands, and the Gibran National Committee, Lebanon.
It has also entered into international partnerships with organisations including the Berlin State Museums and the Goethe Institute, as well as the Museum with No Frontiers NGO. Many local partnerships have also been built, including with the University of Sharjah, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, Sharjah Education Zone and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program.
SMD's achievements have extended to social responsibility initiatives including marine clean ups, blood donation campaigns, and Iftar events for the elderly and orphans. It has also made its museums more accessible to people with different disabilities through such initiatives as Touch Tours for the visually impaired, material in large print and Braille, tour guides who use sign language, and workshops specially geared towards the disabled.
SMD has marked its tenth anniversary by launching a four-point strategy to maintain its objectives and improve its service. It covers the following areas:
Extend SMD's educational role, which includes tailoring a regular schedule of interactive workshops around museum collections and visiting local and international exhibitions. SMD will seek to invest into this programme and greatly extend its education initiatives for school children and universities. This includes a great number of international conferences held to discuss issues relevant SMD's museum line up.
Expand its training scheme for administrators and museum-based guides and curators, including sending them on domestic and overseas courses to gain further experience in such fields as exhibition design and collection management.
Build stronger partnerships with local, regional and international organizations to be able to attract even more prestigious exhibitions.
Further its ‘Museums are Available to All' program of improving museum access and integration for visitors with different disabilities. The initiative has already seen wheelchairs installed in all museums, the provision of guides who can communicate in sign language, and availability of museum booklets in Braille language and large print.
Ms Ataya said: "His Highness Sheikh Sultan says: ‘Museums are made to educate our children and our future generations'.
"With this in mind, SMD will invest our resources into greatly expanding the role of our Education Department so that children, students and families are always actively engaged in museum activities. The result will leave a lasting legacy of invaluable skills and knowledge." SMD is to celebrate International Museum Day with a fun and educational competition that will be held annually on May 18. Visitors will be set a series of physical and intellectual challenges that will take them on a thrilling journey through museums in the heart of Sharjah. — SG


Clic here to read the story from its source.