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 center for profesional development.

Hayk Mkrtchyan

Director, Museums Association in Armenia



The Museum Education Center in partnership with the DVV International Country Office Armenia and the Association of Museum Workers and Friends organized an Award of Museum Educational Programs.

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The main goal of the Award was to recognize creative and innovative thinking in museum education fostering further development of the field in Armenia.

The Award was open to all museum educators and professionals who participated in workshops, “ICOM CECA Best Practice Tool” in 2015 and “Organization of Museum Educational Programs” in 2016.

16 museums from Yerevan and 5 Regions participated in the Award, submitting more than 21 educational programs.

The Award was announced in three main nominations: The Best Educational Program, The Best Family Program and The Best Adult Program. Other than the main categories, six museums were also granted with Promotional prizes.

  1. The Best Educational Program – The Cafesjian Center for the Arts, The Landscape of My Country
  2. The Best Educational Program for Adults – Perch Proshian House-Museum, Old Craft’s New Home
  3. The Best Educational Program for Families – Vanadzor Fine Arts Museum, Labyrinth, I see, I feel, I Understand

Promotional prizes were granted in following nominations:

  1. Museum-School Cooperation – National Gallery of Armenia, The Evolution of Medieval Armenian Architecture. St. Hripsime Church
  2. The Best Outreach Program – Kapan Regional Museum, Memory
  3. The Best Interactive Educational Game – The Museum of Russian Art (the Collection of prof. Aram Abrahamian), Guess the Painting
  4. Cooperation with Community – Dilijan Regional Museum-Gallery, The Colors of Dilijan
  5. Animation in Museum – Avetiq Isahakyan House-Museum, The Fairy Tales and Fables of Avetik Isahakyan
  6. The Best Entertaining Program – The Museum of Literature and Art after Yeghishe Charents, Karaoke in Museum

The official ceremony of the Award took place in the Aram Khachaturian Museum on December 20, 2016.



International Workshop “Learning, Engagement, Museum” Organized by Museum Education Center, Manchester Art Gallery and The British Museum's ITP

On 25 October,  the International Workshop “Learning, Engagement, Museum” took place in Komitas Museum-Institute organised by Museum Education Center in Armenia in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery and British Museum. HM Ambassador Judith Farnworth attended the welcome reception and in her opening remarks to the workshop participants the Ambassador hailed the initiative as an excellent example of partnership between the two countries in the field of culture and heritage.
From 25th to 28th October, the workshop was hosted at various museums in Yerevan. Initiated by the Museum Education Center (Armenia), Manchester Art Gallery (UK) and the British Museum, a workshop focusing on the vital role museums play in education and skills development was conducted for museum experts in Armenia. Considering museum education and the training of museum staff as important issues for heritage professionals in Armenia and beyond, the workshop offered a chance to learn from the experience of the British museums by sharing expertise, successes and challenges.

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The workshop was run by the museum experts from Manchester Art Gallery, Glasgow Museums Resource Center, Staatliche Kunstammlungen Dresden and the Collection of Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire. International Training Program’s past participants from Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and India also took part.
Since 2006, the British Museum’s International Training Programme, working with UK Partner Museums, has sought to provide opportunities for shared learning, discussion and collaboration between museum and heritage professionals around the globe. The aim was to develop a new way of sharing expertise and delivering museum projects that will bring out the best in international cultural partnerships.

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Workshop and Meetings in Yerevan and Goris with Stenvers Bjorn from Amsterdam Museums Foundation

Museum Education Center in cooperation with Association of Museum Workers and Friends, DVV International Armenia, ICOM International Committee for Marketing and PR (MPR) and Amsterdam Museum Foundation organized intermediate meeting with training participants “Museum Marketing Strategies and Practical Tools”. The meeting took place in House-Museum of Avetik Isahakyan in Yerevan on 9th of June, 2016. Overall objective of the meeting was to discuss new ideas as well as to see what has already been changed since last time.

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More than 15 past participants were taking place during the discussion. The meeting accompanied with active discussion, working in groups. Bjorn Stenvers made a new appointments for the next time. In September it is going to take place another meeting with past participants as well as we are planning to create Skype platform for more accessibility to involve specialists from the regions.

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On 10th of June Museum Education Center organized Regional meeting in City of Goris, Syunik Region. It is worth to mention that Mr Bjorn Stenvers is the first international expert that visited a few museums in Syunik region and had a business meeting with museum specialists from the region. The meeting organized in partnership with Aksel Bakunts House-Museum and Municipality of City of Goris in the frames of Museum Education Center. The meeting was very much exciting for local specialists and they tried to get as much answers as possible. The meeting followed by study visit to Aksel Bakunts House-Museum where Bjorn had a guided tour with head of Museum Vardan Sargsyan.

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The last stage of Bjorn’s stay in Armenia completed with business meeting in Yerevan Zoo with the Director Mr. Rouben Khachatryan. The meeting accompanied with introduction to Zoo, its activities, future projects and possible cooperation between Museum Education Center and Yerevan Zoo.

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