UCA Contributes to the Development of Museums in Kyrgyzstan
Trends in modern museums was the main theme of a workshop organised on June 15 at the Naryn historical-ethnographic museum by the University of Central Asia’s Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU). Over 20 employees from Naryn regional museums learnt about how museums are embracing new trends and technologies, as well as from the trainers’ practical experience, and discussed innovative ideas for new exhibitions. The workshop was led by Altyn Kapalova, Art Historian and CHHU Research Fellow, as well as Oksana Kapishnikova, Art Historian at the National Museum of Fine Arts.
“Today, museology does not stand still and is developing dynamically, using new approaches and tools to turn museums into cultural and education centres for society,” said Altyn Kapalova. “It is gratifying that the staff of museums, with modest salaries and insufficient state funding, is rooting for and continuing to devote all their strength to the development of museums and, most importantly, are ready to learn new things.”
Anara Sabitova, Director of the Naryn Regional Museum noted that her participation in the seminar was useful, and believes that the knowledge gained will help obtain different work perspectives. “A distinctive feature of UCA’s workshop was that the training programme was built with a Central Asian context. The trainers offered ideas and recommendations for low-budget exhibitions using our resources and conditions, which exactly fits our needs,” emphasised Myktybek Apilov, Director of the Ak-Tala district museum.
UCA’s Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit aims to contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage and create a historical and cultural centre in the region through the Naryn Archaeological Project (NAP). Within this project, archaeological excavations are being carried out at the archaeology sites on UCA’s Naryn campus. The most ancient settlements on the site exceeds 100,000 years old, and new artifacts will replenish the collection at the Naryn museum and enhance the study of Naryn’s history.