The First International Training Course for Museum Cooperation Project Coordinators Held in Banpo, Shaanxi Province
The State Administration of Cultural Heritage, the Chinese Society of Museums and the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau hosted its first International Training Course for Museum Cooperation Project Coordinators with the support of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The course took place on September 1st at Banpo Museum in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, the Chinese Society of Museums’ training base for museum guides.
With the approval of the State Council, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) will hold its 22nd General Conference in Shanghai in November, 2010. Given that this will be a global event for museum professionals from around the world, it will be an opportunity for strengthening academic exchange between Chinese and foreign scholars, for improving the development of Chinese museums and for establishing favourable circumstances for future development.
On May 10th, 2007, the ICOM 2010 General Conference Organising Committee held a meeting to approve the preparatory plans, which included the content of the training that would be provided to the Chinese coordinators for the ICOM international specialist committees. The Chinese delegation has on several occasions assured the ICOM Executive Council of the Conference Organising Committee’s deep commitment to the selection and training of its Chinese coordinators. The means by which this will be accomplished are two sessions of its ‘International Training Course for Museum Cooperation Project Coordinators’, which will be held throughout 2008 and 2009 and will deliver targeted training to around sixty personnel from across the country.
On January 18, 2008, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage held its Fourth Directors Meeting and dealt with the issue of training personnel to undertake the preparatory work for the ICOM 2010 General Conference. In light of these events, Chinese Society of Museums suggested holding the ‘First International Training Course for Museum Cooperation Project Coordinators’ in Xi’an in September 2008.
The key reason behind this training is to learn from ICOM specialists and to provide a reference for the development, coordination and organisation of the Chinese coordinators from a technical perspective. The training is geared towards fulfilling the requirements of the ICOM 2010 General Conference and creating a reserve of foreign exchange personnel for the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and museums.
It is understood that the instructors for this training session included leading figures and experts from the Ministry of Culture and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage. Other invitees included ICOM Executive Council Member Li Xiangyi; Zhu Xiaodong, a specialist from the ICOMOS Chinese National Committee; Chen Xiejun, Curator of the Shanghai Museum; Chen Xianjin, Deputy Director General of the Shanghai World Expo Coordination Bureau; Professor Amareswar Galla from the University of Queensland, Australia, advisor for the ICOM 2010 General Conference and ICOM referee; and Eloisa Zell, Chief of the Membership Service of the ICOM Paris Headquarters and ICOM referee. (Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau Chen Hongchuan)
Translated by Kelly McGuire