Sharjah Museums Department organises educational and awareness lecture series
- United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, October 30 - 2012 at 15:04
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The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) has started its series of awareness-raising interactive lectures organized by SMD's Department of Education and Interpretation, at the Sharjah Archaeology, Art, and Al Mahatta museums, as part of its role in promoting public awareness about heritage, arts, and history in the UAE and the region.
Sharjah Archaeological Museum hosted a lecture on the historical development of the architectural heritage in the UAE by Engineer Rashad Bukhash.
Speaking on the series of lectures, Alya Burhaima, SMD's Manager of the Department of Education and Interpretation, said, "Holding these lectures is in line with SMD's commitment to its educational role in raising public awareness about heritage, arts, and history in the UAE and region, within each museum's jurisdiction. It also falls in line with SMD's commitment to implementing the noble directives of our leadership to urge the new generation to gain scientific know-how and broaden their knowledge base in order to effectively take up their role in the development and building of their country."
She added, "We are extremely happy and satisfied with the public support and response to our activities, while emphasizing our determination to organize more educational programmes and workshops in the next period in the implementation of SMD's annual strategies. I also would like to encourage all our readers to take part in these programmes with their friends and family."
The lecture hosted at Al Mahatta Museum dealt with the history of Al Mahatta airport, which saw the landing of the first plane to touch down in the region on its runway, and has been converted into a museum. The lecture focused on the most significant aircraft used in 1950s. The participants also listened to a lecture by an instructor specialized in aviation and then enjoyed boarding the vintage planes on display at the museum after they learnt about how they function and the tools used in these aircraft.
The workshop, held at Sharjah Art Museum, was presented by eminent Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais, who spoke about his personal exhibition and his most important works of art, especially those that were of major importance at the start of his art career and later played a pivotal role in his artistic breakthrough.
The attendees got the chance to view Al Rais' masterpieces and the tools used in his works. Al Rais explained the story and secrets behind each painting as well as the ideas and concepts depicted in all of his work.
As part of its special monthly lecture programme (Historical Journey), launched in autumn 2010 —Sharjah Archaeology Museum is keen to bring together those who are interested in archaeology and cultural heritage every month - to get to know each other and exchange knowledge, as well as to meet prominent cultural figures in the UAE and the Arabian Peninsula.
The museum hosted a lecture on the historical development of the architectural heritage in the UAE by Eng. Rashad Bukhash, Director of the Architectural Heritage Department at the Dubai Municipality.
Eng. Bukhash highlighted the UAE's architectural characteristics as well as the human creativity depicted in the UAE's architecture over the past two centuries, and explained to the audience how it the region's building styles adapted to environmental conditions before the discovery of oil.
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