HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani inaugurating the exhibition in the presence of diplomats and other dignitaries.
Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani Museum (FBQ Museum) at Sheehaniya opened its doors to a conservation-themed-exhibition at the newly furbished temporary gallery.
HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, founder of the museum, inaugurated the exhibition and toured the exhibits along with diplomatic heads from over 25 countries.
Titled “Recovered treasures from the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum Collection”, the exhibition will remain open for visitors and general public until December 31.
Organised by FBQ Museum and co-curated by MSc Conservation Studies students at UCL Qatar, the theme of the exhibition is restoration of museum collection objects with particular significance given to hidden information in the objects.
It features more than 60 rare artefacts from Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani’s extensive private collection and includes priceless Islamic art and artefacts of Qatari heritage. It will also highlight the examination methods, analytical techniques, and treatments used by the conservation students to both investigate and preserve the treasures of the museum’s collection. The exhibition will include interesting interactive sessions with the MSc Conservation Studies’ students, who will be present at the exhibition during select weekends.
Sheikh Faisal explained that the exhibits showcase the richness of culture, history and heritage from over the years.
“The exhibits reflect my fascination and passion for ancient past, heritage and authenticity, and the role of historical struggles and achievements in shaping contemporary culture and identity,” he said.
“I have a passion for antiques and collectibles since childhood, and hence I want every visitor to the museum to carry back useful information that has historical value.
“At the museum, we usually acquire antique and ancient artefacts and explore them to know more about their origin and use. These are then displayed to the general public, as we believe that the museum plays a very important role in educating the people.”
The collaborative exhibition project highlights the museum’s objective to allow its collection to be available to researchers and students for educational purposes. It also reflects the role of UCL Qatar in raising awareness of the importance of conservation of cultural heritage in Qatar.
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