UCA Helps Expand Role of Museums in Kyrgyzstan
The Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU) of UCA's Graduate School of Development, organised a training on “Museum Collection Management: Storage, Accounting and Exhibition” on November 28th in Bishkek. It was held as part of CHHU’s ongoing efforts to build human resource capacity of national museums in Kyrgyzstan.
The event was hosted by the Gapar Aitiev Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts, and organised by UCA in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic. The event gathered over 30 Chief Specialists from 17 state museums in Bishkek, Naryn, Osh, and Issyk-Kul regions.
During her welcoming address, Dr. Elmira Kuchumkulova, Head of CHHU, briefed the audience on UCA’s work aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of Central Asia. She highlighted the important role of museums as guardians of the historical and cultural heritage of the country.
The training provided a platform for museum staff to discuss the challenges of their work. These included issues of collections, lack of specialised human resources, inadequate infrastructure for storing exhibits, as well as poor labour conditions and salaries. Participants also discussed the complicated procurement procedures, which causes obstacles for museums to purchase valuable exhibits for its collection. As a result, these valuable pieces end up in private collections, including foreign collections, which leads to a loss of the country's cultural heritage. Participants also were provided a unique opportunity to visit the storage facility of the Gapar Aitiev Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts, and get acquainted with the current museum exhibits.