Museums and Collections
Our Approach to Museums and Collections
Museums are not only a tool to protect and spread knowledge, improve awareness and safehouse objects and heritage, but they are also a means through which to improve and disperse knowledge. CIE holds that when thinking about cultural heritage we should seek beyond the museum building itself. CIE works closely with museums of all types in relation to all of our core themes and major projects, often being the central feature in our Culture Development programmes, such as our work in rebuilding the cultural sector of Afghanistan through national and regional museums.
Museums are a very public face to archaeology and heritage, thus as well as being community-focused and attractive for tourists, they should also take on educational roles, enhancing their accessibility for visitors of all ages and social groups. One of our central foci looks at the lowering of institutional isolation of museums and opening them up for local communities. The way in which a community, group or nation displays its cultural heritage can tell us much about how they see themselves. It is therefore essential for museums to increase community ownership and empowerment through consultation and outreach programmes, to become an institution with the community rather than for the community.
Our Track Record
CIE has an extensive track record working with Museums and Collections, covering a variety of different activities: