Training workshops at the Khalifa House Museum Omdurman – Khartoum, Sudan

As part of the Community Museums conservation Omdurman, Al Obeid and Nyala, With the support of the British Council, the Cultural Protection Fund, in collaboration with ICCROM, the Centre for Heritage Studies, McDonald- Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, Mallinson Architects and the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums in Sudan (NCAM).

A Practical workshop is being in progress from 17 Sept to 16 Oct, these training workshops aimed at raising local Sudanese expertise and competencies in the fields of preservation and documentation of historical buildings and museum collections, evaluating and diagnosing the state of the pieces stored in warehouses.

The first workshop focused on the collection of flint stones stored in the museum’s warehouse as it was reclassified, drawn, evaluated and improved. The workshop was attended by Mr. Tim Reynolds and six Sudanese trainees.

The second workshop focused on the techniques and documentation of museum collections, especially traditional weapons. Participants learned the best conservation methods and evaluated the pieces presented and stored, and noted their state of conservation and cause of deterioration, including humidity and termites.

The workshop was attended by Dr. Lawrence Smith and ten Sudanese trainees. The third workshop dealt with museum pieces presented at Khalifa House, their state of conservation and diagnostic analysis of it state and the most important preliminary measures to protect them in preparation for transfer to temporary warehouses during the restoration work that will be located on the building of the historic Khalifa House. With the participation of trainer Ms. Lucy Skner and Ms. Iman Zidan, museum collection conservator, this workshop is two weeks with the participation of nineteen Sudanese trainees. The final workshop will be held in October and focuses on the architectural conservation of Khalifa’s house, where Mr. Theo Anderson, Arch. Michael Malinson, and Arch. Anwar Sabik will train twenty-one trainees from Sudan.

The background of the Sudanese trainees varies among museum curators, photographers, architects, and museum directors with diverse conservation experience. The training courses are supervised by a joint team from ICCROM and the General Authority for Antiquities and Museums of Sudan.