Definition of museum should include people’s ideas

Cultural Correspondent
Thursday, April 12th, 2018


The world is changing rapidly. Change is being brought in every sphere of society. With this the popular conception about many things like business, technology, publication is also changing. To cope up with this change newer definitions are being formulated to fit in relevant concepts. The idea of museum has also gone through evolution and as such newer definition has to be formed based on evaluations of popular conceptions. Bangladesh National Museum in this connection organised a workshop on reassessing definition of museum according to public reflections. The workshop was held on April 7 in cooperation with ICOM-Bangladesh. Key note of the workshop titled “Definition of Museums” was given by Jahangir Hussain, chairperson of ICOM-Bangladesh. Md Serajul Islam, Deputy Keeper of Bangladesh National Museum conducted the workshop.


Faizul Latif Chowdhury, Director General of Bangladesh National Museum gave the opening speech at the workshop. He said that a museum’s contributions can not anymore be restricted to traditional tasks like collecting artifacts, and hosting displays only. While incorporating modern technology and updating the workforce through training, museums also have to build synthesis with the general mass.


Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, vice-chancellor of University of Dhaka was present as chief guest at the workshop. He said that to take the museum to the public in the twenty-first century its definition should also reflect popular thoughts. Dr Md Alamgir, former keeper of Bangladesh National Museum; Dr Ataur Rahman, deputy-Keeper of Directorate of Anthropology; Abdul Awal Miah, deputy-director of Bangladesh Asiatic Society and Sardar Zulkar Nain, proctor of Jahangirnagar University also shared their thoughts at the workshop.


After the opening session a round-table discussion was arranged where officials from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Smrity Jadughar, Currency Museum, Directorate of Anthropology, Bangladesh National Museum and Asiatic Society Bangladesh were present.

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