September saw the start of the 2012 MV new guide training. A very big welcome to all our new trainees. Batch 18, our Japanese Group, kick-started the training with 20 trainees on 12 September.
This was followed by Batch 16 which commenced training on Tuesday 18 September with 19 trainees and with another 8 expected next week. This group consists of 8 different nationalities. Although Malaysians make up the majority, there is a large contingent of French enthusiasts as well. We are also lucky to count among our new recruits experienced guides who previously volunteered at museums in Italy, Indonesia and Singapore.
The Tuesday Batch 16 had a very clear introduction of Gallery A by Laurence Maille, MV vice President. Laurence gave an insightful overview of the archaeological dating system and the history of Malaysia with a focus on the storyline of Gallery A of Museum Negara which focuses on Prehistoric as well as Proto-historic Malaysia.
Batch 17 commenced training on Saturday 22 September with 21 trainees. This group consists of Malaysians and 1 Polish national. Batch 17 received a wonderful start with a welcome address and absorbing talk by Puan Zanita Anuar, Director of Museums Innovation on the history and structure of Muzium Negara and Jabatan Muzium Malaysia.
If you are a member of MV JMM and would like to refresh your knowledge, Laurence will be addressing the Saturday Batch 17 on October 6th. Many other interesting talks have also been scheduled and the complete training schedule can be viewed on Yahoo Groups. All current guides are welcome to these sessions but, if you are coming, please do register your attendance with firstname.lastname@example.org.