As the National Museum of Cambodia recently celebrated its centenary, this project aims to explore its rich history through an interactive documentary journey that enhances the photographic and paper archives and presents the museum today.
The chosen format of the web-documentary, an original and rich digital tool for the dissemination of research, provides a new disciplinary approach for historians. It enables a novel presentation of scientific content of different natures (written documents and photographs), enhancing the richness of the available sources. Its multiple narrative possibilities make it possible to understand the history of the National Museum through different chronological or thematic paths. The web-documentary allows users to choose a path according to their desires, time period, and interests. This web-documentary, accessible online in Khmer, French, and English, will make available to a large audience, both domestic and international, iconographic materials and a historical analysis for a better understanding of this central institution of the cultural life of contemporary Cambodia.
Dr. Gabrielle Abbe is a specialist in the history of Cambodia during the colonial period, with a focus on heritage management issues and the work of George Groslier. She received her PhD in the History of International Relations from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2018, dedicating her thesis to Khmer heritage during the colonial period and the Service des Arts cambodgiens (1917-1945). She has published several articles on the work of George Groslier, the National Museum of Cambodia, and artistic heritage and archaeology in international relations. She is currently working as an archivist and teaches Southeast Asian art history at the École du Louvre.
Ms. Samedy Suong, CKS Deputy Director