Museum on the Desert’s Edge

Museum on the Desert’s EdgeMuseum on the Desert’s Edge

Work on constructing the first rural heritage museum will soon begin in Biabanak village in Sorkheh County, Semnan Province, CHTN quoted director general of provincial Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Hossein Khajebidokhti as saying.

During a meeting held in Biabanak, Khajebidokhti met with Semnan’s governor general Mohammad Vakili along with a number of provincial officials to discuss the possibility of establishing the museum in the village, which is on the edge of Kavir desert.

“Due to its 3,000-year history and unique historical texture, Biabanak is an appropriate place for the rural heritage museum,” Khajebidokhti said.

Supervisor of national projects on rural and tribal museums Mahmud Taleghani, who also attended the meeting, talked up Biabanak’s history and added, “The cultural heritage office and the Housing Foundation should cooperate to restore the historical texture of Biabanak, establish a museum, and develop the village’s tourism.”

At the moment, 241 people in 94 families with an average age of 50 reside in the village. Biabank’s historical structures are in poor condition and in need of attention and expert care, according to Vakili. “Professionals must study the historical texture and devise ways to protect and restore them.”

As such, the official called for the establishment of a committee - under the supervision of Sorkheh governorate, provincial ICHHTO, Housing Foundation, and ministry of agriculture Jihad – to find ways to help develop the village. He also announced that Semnan Province is ready to support owners of historical buildings who intend to restore their properties.