EU funding to support regional museum development
The European Union will provide 237,025 Euros over a two-year period to support activities being carried out by the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) to support regional museum development.
The Museums Association work in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to develop two new museums.
The developments were highlighted by the European Union to Namibia Ambassador, Jana Hybaskova, when she officially launched a project entitled `Museum Development as a Tool for Strengthening Cultural Rights in Namibia’ at on Monday in Windhoek.
The project will have four components; one will be the first Museum of Namibian Music and the project launch will also be used to invite musicians and members of the public to assist by identifying musical instruments, recordings, photographs or stories that might be included in the museum.
Furthermore a workshop is already planned for February next year where key stakeholders will meet to start planning the museum. According to MAN, the second museum will be developed in Katima Mulilo and will focus on the links between the environmental resources of the region and the cultural rights of local communities.
The project will also work on two new mobile exhibitions. One will be developed in collaboration with the Namibian San Council and will provide insight into the history and culture of Namibia’s San communities. A second mobile exhibition will be produced in collaboration with Nakambale Museum at Olukonda. Catalogues will be produced to accompany both of these exhibitions and will provide information about historical cultural artifacts, heritage sites and contemporary concerns.