Documentation, Object Recording, and the Role of Curators in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo

  • Mohamed Gamal Rashed (Author)

    MOHAMED GAMAL RASHED obtained his doctorate in Egyptology from Cairo University in 2010. He received two post-doctoral awards, the first in Museum Studies from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Institute of Fine Arts-New York University in 2012, and the second in Egyptology from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, in 2013. Rashed is a lecturer in Egyptology and museum studies at Damietta University and a board member of CIPEG. He is also curator and former head of the Archaeological Research and Permanent Display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and the former director of the Museum Exhibitions department at the Grand Egyptian Museum, Egypt.
    Select publications:

    M. Gamal Rashed, ‘Cairo and its Museums: From Multiculturalism to Leadership in Sustainable Development’, in Gail Dexter Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg (eds), Cities, Museums and Soft Power (Washington, DC: The AAM Press, 2015), 165-172.
    M. Gamal Rashed, ‘The Museums in Egypt after the 2011 revolution’, in Museums and Heritage in the times of political change, Museums International 67 n. 265-268, (Paris, 2016), 125-30.
    M. Gamal Rashed, ‘The statue of Ankhef-Khonsu from the Karnak Cachette (CK 1164)', SÄK 45 (2016), 295-306, Taf. 53-59.
    M. Gamal Rashed, ‛An anonymous Coffin and Cartonnage from Lahun: Retrieving the Archaeological Records.’ in JAEI 15 (2017), 18-32.
    M. Gamal Rashed, ‘A New Concept and Exhibition Program for the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’ JAC 33/1 (2018), 41-82, 3 plans and 17 figs.

  • Marwa Bdr-El-Din (Author)

    MARWA BDR-EL-DIN is a doctoral candidate at Cairo University. She is also curator and head of the Registration, Collections Management, and Documentation Department at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

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The article discusses the roles of curatorial departments in Egypt with a focus on the Egyptian Museum and the challenges of its curators. It explores how social change is reflected on museums and their curatorial staff as well as how curatorship has changed in recent decades, resulting in the necessity of redirecting efforts in accordance to the needs and expectations of museums. The authors emphasize the importance of assigning priorities to curatorial roles in general, and at the Egyptian museum specifically. The paper also elaborates on important matters of collection management, documentation, and objects tracking at the Egyptian Museum and makes recommendations on how to address certain issues.