A cooperating project among regional museums

The project has been implemented by the Swedish National Museum of World Culture cooperating with several museums and cultural management agencies of 3 Indochina countries, including the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

The project will organize a number of courses on conservation, exhibition, museum education, informatics, English, exchanging experts among the 3 countries and promoting an exhibition on “Stories in Me Kong region – Opportunities and Challenges”. This exhibtion is expected to open in the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology at the end of 2009, and it will be travelled to the Provincial Museum of An Giang, Laos, Cambodia and finished in Sweden in 2010.

 In order to practice the trained knowledge and prepare for the exhibition, in 2008 staff of the museums and cultural management agencies of the 3 Indochina countries conducted fieldtrips in Me Kong river area. The “stories” proposed from the participants has been selected for the exhibition. In Vietnam, from March to May 2008, staff from the Department of Cultural Heritage, Vietnam Museum of History, Provincial Museum of An Giang and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology cooperated with the Provincial Museum of Ben Tre, Provincial Museum of Dong Thap, Department of Culture – Tourism – Sports in Kien Giang province completed 2 fieldtrips to study 3 topic: coconut-palms (Ben Tre), fishing (An Giang) and “co bang” tree (Kien Giang). They will continue studying the stories for the exhibition.

This is a culture-cooperating project funded by the SIDA Foundation in Sweden.