ADACH celebrates International Museum Day

ABU DHABI - The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) celebrated International Museum Day last week.
The celebration, held on May 18, involved the entry of a group of schools from Al Ain City in a competition organised by the Al Ain National Museum.
The competition required the preparation of replicas of historic buildings, castles and forts. These models reflected Emiratis’ daily life many years ago, such as the life of Bedouins in the desert.
The Historic Environment Department at ADACH addressed the Al Ain Educational Zone and put the idea forward to schools. In this way those who wished to participate in the competition were given the opportunity to do so.
The response was overwhelming with a large number of schools entering their distinctive models in line with the project’s theme.
After careful consideration by the jury, first, second and third places went to the Al-Nahanyeh Model School, the Private Gulf Academy and the Good Youth respectively.
At the same time, the Al Ain National Museum held a workshop

for school students focusing on handicrafts relating to the local heritage, such as making rope, traditional clothing - such as the burqa - and baskets weaved from palm fronds.
At the end of the ceremony, Mr. Mohamed Amer Al-Neyadi, Director of the Historic Environment Department at ADACH, honoured the winning schools and gave them a commemorative coin which was issued to mark thirty years since the establishment of the Al Ain National Museum.
Neyadi also presented certificates of appreciation to all participating schools and students.
Every year since 1977, International Museum Day takes place worldwide on or around May 18. The day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of museums in the development of society.
It is also an opportunity to attract many segments of society to learn about museums.
International Museum Day 2011 was entitled "The Museum and the Memory." It emphasized the point that museums are places where old memories can be preserved. Amongst other things this includes the preservation of the collective memory of the society in which we live.