Int’l Museum day on May 18

ISLAMABAD, May 17 (APP):Like other parts of the world, International Museum Day will be celebrated in Pakistan here on May 18 to highlight the importance of museums in today’s modern world.
Since 1977, International Museum Day is celebrated to represent the International museum community as the museums on this day plan special activities connected to the theme of International Museum Day, engage people to get understanding of the importance of the role of museums as institutions for serving society and its development.
The objective of celebrating the day was to raise awareness on the value of Museums as an important tool of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, and enrichment of cultures, cooperation and promotion of peace among masses.
In this regard, National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa has planned a workshop to mark the forthcoming International Museum Day in collaboration with Department of Conservation Studies, Hazara University, Mansehra on May 18 at Heritage Museum popularly known as the National Museum of Ethnology.
The workshop on “Textile Objects: Conservation, Preservation and Restoration” aims at providing orientation to the professionals associated with different museums about the conservation techniques involved in textile objects.
Eminent conservators and experts have been invited to make multimedia presentations, give lectures and impart basic orientation to the participants regarding the subject matter. Lok Virsa will not charge any registration fee for the workshop .Interested professionals have enrolled themselves for the workshop through their esteemed museums.
The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) is a specialized institution working under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of Pakistan and dealing with research, collection, documentation, preservation and dissemination of Pakistan’s traditional culture.
In pursuance of its objectives, Lok Virsa has established the first ethnological museum in Pakistan, known as “Heritage Museum”, which depicts the living cultural traditions and lifestyles of the people of Pakistan covering all regions and provinces, presented through three-dimensional dioramic manner, said an official of Lok Virsa.
The museum is a prime show-window on the cultural heritage of Pakistan housing valuable collections which is frequented by thousands of visitors including VIP delegates, dignitaries and state guests.