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Museums and Intangible Heritage Department

The Ecole du Patrimoine Africain-EPA is heir to the PREMA programme (Prevention in Museums of Africa), launched by ICCROM in 1986. From the beginning EPA mainly ensures the training of museum professionals in sub-Saharan Africa in the field of conservation.

Its educational activities, focalising mainly on museums, where managed at the beginning by the Training Department.

In January 2005, in the context of its institutional re-organisation, EPA created six activity departments. The Museum Department was therefore created with a larger scope of action extending to museums and assimilated institutions (libraries, archives, etc.).

Some achievements

Reinforce the capacities of museums and related institutions in the field of management, conservation and enhancement of their collections.


Target audiences
- Diagnose and analyse problems

Museums, libraries, archives
- Set up work

Scientific and technical staff
- Develop museums-visitors relationship
- Staff in charge of outreach programmes, mediation and educational activities
- Schoolchildren
- Teachers
- Technical advice

Museums, archives, libraries

2012 team:
- Anne Ambourouè Avaro, coordinator
- Diane Toffoun, Mediation Programme Officer
- Marie-Thérèse Hodé, Intangible Heritage Programme Officer.

Activities scheduled in 2012:
- Reinforcement of institutional capacities for the implementation of UNESCO's Convention on intangible heritage: training workshop for EPA staff;
- Setting up of a school curricula for five museums in Africa.

Contact :
Pôle Musées
Ecole du Patrimoine Africain
01 BP 2205
Tel. (+229) 20 21 49 51
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