The INP contributes to the project to reopen the National Museum of Tripoli in Libya
With the support of the Embassy of France in Libya and on an initiative of the French Archaeological Mission in Libya, the INP’s continuing education services designed and implemented an exchange program on the founding principles of collection management and preventive conservation for four Libyan heritage professionals from November 7 to December 2, 2022. The program’s goal was to share tools and examples of good practices easily replicated in the Libyan context, in view of the upcoming reopening of the National Museum of Tripoli.
This program benefited from the expertise of Anaïs Gailhbaud, a conservator-restorer specialised in sculpture and preventive conservation, and Rachel Beaujean-Deschamps, head of the registrar and preventive conservation department at the Musée de Cluny - Musée national du Moyen-Âge.
Talks and specialised interventions were given by several experts in the field, and focused on practical cases or concrete exchanges during visits to institutions such as the Musée de Cluny - Musée national du Moyen-Âge, the Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet, the Musée d'archéologie nationale, the Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou, the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF), and the Institut du monde arabe.
Exchanges focused especially on principles of collection governance and management, preventive conservation, factors of degradation of cultural property, metal conservation, handling and lifting of heavy cultural objects, and the chain of operations for the systematic study and inventory of collections.
Since 2017, the INP has designed and organised three trainings sessions for the benefit of Libyan professionals. The 2022 program is a first step in the INP’s involvement in the Franco-Libyan project to rehabilitate and reopen the National Museum in Tripoli.