News ID: 303129
Published: 1027 GMT May 17, 2021
On International Museum Day

Zabol to host cultural heritage protection confab

Zabol to host cultural heritage protection confab

A view of the Anthropology Museum of Sistan in Zabol, in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan Province

Iranica Desk

A conference on protection of the cultural heritage will be held on Tuesday in Zabol, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, said Reza Keikhah-Arya, the head of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department in the southeastern Iranian city.

The Anthropology Museum of Sistan will host the event on the celebration of International Museum Day (May 18) and the beginning of Cultural Heritage Week in Iran, reported.

The importance of cultural heritage, tourism and cultural heritage, cultural heritage laws, and the conditions of visiting the historical buildings will be the four major topics to be discussed at the conference, said the Iranian official.

“The seminar is aimed at underlining the significant role of the public and non-governmental organizations in safeguarding the cultural and historical monuments in the country,” Keikhah-Arya said.

The Anthropology Museum of Sistan displays the rich history and culture of the people in southeast Iran, especially those living in Shahr-e Sukhteh, throughout centuries.

Shahr-e Sukhteh is an archaeological site of a sizable Bronze Age urban settlement. It is located on the bank of the Helmand River, near the Zahedan-Zabol road. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in June 2014.

The building of the museum was built in the early years of the 19th century as the British Consulate.

The event in Zabol coincides with the International Museum Day which aims to raise awareness of how vital museums are for celebrating, restoring and preserving pieces of history.

Currently, 740 museums are active across Iran. About three million historical objects are being kept at museums affiliated with the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Ministry, wrote.

With the theme “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”, International Museum Day 2021 has invited museums, their professionals and communities “to create, imagine and share new practices of (co-)creation of value, new business models for cultural institutions and innovative solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present”, wrote.

The objective of the international day is to raise awareness about the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. It is celebrated annually on May 18.

All around the world, more and more museums participate in International Museum Day. Last year, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in about 158 countries and territories.


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