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Ghana, British museum officials discuss new prospects

By: Maclean Kwofi and Suad Yakubu
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Mr. Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum

The British Museum is in talks with the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board to devise ways to upgrade museums in the country to world class standard.

The move is part of an initiative of the British Museum to help develop museums in Africa to tell compelling stories about artworks and artifacts that could attract the younger generation.

The Director of the British Museum, Mr Hartwig Fischer, made the call in an interview with the GRAPHIC BUSINESS after a meeting with members of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board in Accra.

“We are in the country to meet the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board and to learn about its current project and ambitious future plans on how to develop museums in the country.”

“We are looking forward to collaborating with many African museums. There is a lot we can do in future and we would be happy to do that,” he added.

Discussions far advanced  

Mr Fischer said, “there are several projects on the table but we have moved ahead fairly quickly in its discussions and we need to explore more before we can go public with it.

Making a case for the establishment of museums, Mr Fischer maintained that museums were institutions where people come to see objects, artworks and monuments that told compelling stories about their countries and other countries as well. 

“We display these objects and artworks in a fascinating way that can engage the younger generation. This younger folks might be willing to find out about the objects and the rich stories behind them,” he added. 

 British Museum

The British Museum, located in the Bloomsbury area of London, United Kingdom, is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. 

Its permanent collection numbers some eight million works and is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

 It is the first national public museum in the world.

“The British Museum tell stories about who made these objects, why they were made, what are they made of, how they were interpreted and how significant they are today,” Mr Fischer stated. — GB