The British Museum’s International Training Programme is one of the most important professional initiatives to bring together museum and heritage specialists across the world for sharing cultures, skills, experiences and ideas. Since 2006 it became truly international network comprise of 250 specialists across 6 continents. The best practices of preservation, acquisition, display of museum collections and heritage management are invaluable contribution to the development of participant countries.  The summer programme bridges together international experts thus ensuring them working together on long-lasting legacy projects.

International Training Programme is not about individual participation but about representation of your country. Since 2014 I represent Armenia in this significant project. ITP helps me to reach my goals directly and indirectly. Indeed, knowledge acquired through different events, conversations and meetings affected and shaped my professional career path.

One of the important attributes of the Senior Fellowship placement was to travel to International Training Programme Partner museums in Manchester, Lincoln, Norwich and Glasgow. I had advantage to receive personalized tours and introductions and get new contacts and make future collaborations.

I really benefited from various meetings inside and outside of the British Museum. I had possibility to work in Department of Middle East and Coins and Medals. It was important research for me in order to discover Armenian collections. I tried to support the Departments to “spare light” on those objects with some Armenian inscriptions.

I had chance to meet Staff Members from Museums Association in UK  in order to discuss future international partnerships between Museums Association UK and Association of Museum Workers and Friends of Armenia. One of the important steps of this meeting possibly will be publication of the article in MA “Museums” JOURNAL either about Armenian museums and heritage sector or about workshop with the British Museum’s International Training Programme and Manchester Art Gallery.

As a part of future collaboration with the British Museum’s International Training Programme Global Hubs” will be established as an important centers for professional development.

Hayk Mkrtchyan

Director, Museums Association of Armenia