A number of specialists, consultants and elite of writers, historians, researchers and private museum owners, have recently participated in a workshop on the content of museum showcasing for regional museum in the regions.
The participants in the workshop of “Museum showcasing design for Dammam Museum” all agreed on the necessity of taking into account highlighting the identity of the Eastern Province as well as the importance of interaction of museum visitors with museum showcasing as well as its maritime view. Restoration of the glass wall in the second floor of the museum, which will offer wonderful view of the Arabian Gulf. Commitment to identify the region’s cultural and modern style, the sea, the desert and the oil city.
In Hail, a number of government officials, the private sector, faculty members and specialists from the University of Hail, the education department, the municipal council and the researcher and heritage interested discussed the opinions, proposals and ideas for the halls of the Hail Regional Museum, during an expanded workshop held by SCTH in Hail. The workshop was attended by more than 60 interested persons, which was witnessed by Eng. Eng. Ibrahim Abu Rass, Secretary General of Hail and Eng. Faisal bin Khalid Al Madani, SCTH branch Director in Hail.
During the workshop, the team assigned to implement museum showcase works to Hail Museum led by Dr. Awad Al Zahrani, has offered initial scheme for the halls of the museum which will be consisted of 7 halls; reception hall, and halls of, region’s environment and natural history, Hail regional during prehistory, Hail l during pre-Islamic times, Hail region during Islamic period, Hail region during the present time, and popular heritage hall.
Eng. Abu Rass, expressed his thanks and appreciations to SCTH for its developmental efforts in Hail, saying, “We have worked with SCTH in Hail province during the past two years in the preparation of the general location of the museum, especially that it occupies a distinct location in Al Hadariyah city as the Hail municipality undertakes completing its facilities and services in the coming period on an area of one million square meters.
They recommended the museum to be made ready as soon as possible according to the directives of HRH President of SCTH and the importance of participation of government departments for suggestions on the designing of museum showcasing, in addition to quickly deploy specialized human resources in the field of the national heritage to support the Hail regional museum taking into account that, Arab generosity legend, Hatim Al Tai, to be a part of the museum’s showcasing of Hail Museum.
A specialized team formed of 39 heritage and antiquities concerned people, paid a visit to Tabuk Museum, viewed museum’s sections and halls and listened to some of the suggestions about museum showcasing according to the old ways on which the museum was designed based on historical chronology that provides visitors with an integrated summary of the province’s culture.
The team made a number of recommendations, including the preservation of the marine environment, with a focus on the regional valleys (around 183), all of which need to documented, prepare diagrams of the models showing the valleys paths, origins and mouths, along with documenting the region’s most important mountains, especially the Al Shafa Mountains, Al Loz Mountain, Median and Shar Mountains.
With regard to writings and inscriptions in the region, many participants noted the importance of paying more attention to ancient writings and inscriptions, and added that Hail region is known by historians, as the “library of the Arabian Peninsula”.
Al Jouf region’s Antiquities Office and museums sought the opinion of a number of concerned people and specialists in heritage and antiquities, who stressed the need to speed up human resources training to support the Al-Jouf museum.
In Al Baha, a number of people involved in tourism and antiquities, discussed, in a similar workshop, the importance of developing modern ways of museum showcasing, using interactive programs. They opined that the museum must have a story to be narrated by the museum to serve the educational and recreational aspects along with the support of private museums in in Al Baha.
They also referred to importance of expediting the establishment of Al Baha Museum as well as accelerating the readiness of human resources to support region’s Antiquities Office and communicate with the region’s historians.
In the Najran Province, SCTH local branch organized had organized an extensive meeting attended by 40 people to discuss the ongoing efforts of the consultants specializing in the museum’s display and the way it would look in its seven halls.
The meeting featured a presentation that included work stages and museum’s internal designs besides highlighting the most important potentials in the Najran region – tourism, historical and archeological potentials.
The meeting made a number of recommendations, the most important of which was the expeditious establishment of the Najran Museum in order to achieve the guidance of the President of the Supreme Council of Magistrates and the participation of the branch in Najran in the workshop held outside the region and related to the Najran museum as well as local human resources training to support the museum Najran.
In the Asir province, and during a workshop held by SCTH branch, attended by 70 persons, the participants considered the quick work in the preparation of Asir Museum reflecting the directives of HRH President of SCTH, in addition to the participation of SCTH branch in Asir in any workshop related to Asir Museum, taking into account that, Abu Malha Palace is part of the museum showcasing of Asir Museum.
It should be noted that SCTH is currently working on the establishment and rehabilitation of 18 museums, including the regional museums across the Kingdom’s provinces, under the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Initiative and as one of the initiatives of the National Transformation Program.