Vol. 68 No 269-270 – The role of museums in a changing society

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ICOM is preparing a double issue of Museum International on the theme, The role of museums in a changing society. The issue will be overseen by the Editorial Board with Prof. DrTerezaScheiner as Editor in Chief. All proposals submitted will be assessed for suitability and subsequent articles will go through a peer review process. The issue is expected to be published, in collaboration with Wiley Blackwell, in July 2016.

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Vol. 68 N° 269-270 – Le rôle des muséesdansunesociété en évolution

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L’ICOM s’apprête à publier, sous la responsabilité du comitééditorial, et sous la direction du professeurTerezaScheiner en tantquerédactrice en chef un double numéro de Museum International, dont le thèmeporterasur le rôle des muséesdansunesociété en évolution. Toutes les propositions d’articlesreçuesserontévaluéesafin de déterminerleur pertinence, et les articles choisis, relus par des pairs.

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Vol. 68 N° 269-270 – El papel de los museosdentro de unasociedad en cambio

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Preparatory mission for the forthcoming Training Workshop on Entrepreneurship on World Heritage

The Interim Director, CHDA, Mr. Kassim Omar together with Head of Programmes at Africa World Heritage Fund (AWHF), Mr Souayibou Varissou, recently were in Ghana from 11th to 15th March 2014 to lay the ground work on the preparations for the forthcoming Training Workshop on Entrepreneurship on World Heritage. While in Ghana they had an opportunity to meet the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Arts Hon. Minister Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, The Deputy Minister for Culture, Tourism and Arts Hon. Dzifa Gomashie, and the Executive Director of Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) Dr. Zagba Oyortey. They also travelled to Cape Coast, the proposed training venue for the workshop, to review the training logistics and case study areas which are the Cape Coast Castle World Heritage Site and the Kakum National park, which is on Ghana’s tentative list.


From left , Executive Director of Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB), Dr. Zagba Oyortey , Director of the Central Region and Cape Coast , Mr. Nicholas Ivor, The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Hon.Minister of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare , The Interim Director, CHDA, Mr. Kassim Omar, Head of Programmes at Africa World Heritage Fund (AWHF), Mr. Souayibou Varissou, and Director of Monuments, GMMB, Mr. Kofi Amekudi.



Cape Coast Castle, Central Region World Heritage Site, Ghana



Cape Coast Town


Traditional craft shops around the castle



Surrounding entrepreneurial activities




Dr. Ahmed Yasin the Director General of the National Museums of Kenya and Chairman CHDA would like to inform our esteemed partners and the international community that Mr. Kassim Omar has now been promoted to Principal Architect, Ag Coordinator, Museums Enterprise Unit in Nairobi. During his time at CHDA Kasim Omar was able to undertake various heritage development initiatives. With his leave, Ms. Aisha Fadhil Ali has been appointed to take over from Kassim Omar. Aisha has worked with the National Museums of Kenya for the last 28 years and has vast experience in the Culture and Heritage sector. She holds a Masters Degree (MSc.) in Care of Collections from Cardiff University, Wales. Her appointment to CHDA will add great value to the operations and performance of CHDA.


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Ms. Ali has been involved in ICCROM-PREMA courses and including PMDA programs. She has served in the PMDA courses as a course assistant and including other assignments at CHDA.

Ms. Ali is a Conservator by profession and also in charge of the Fort Jesus Conservation Laboratory. She also acts as the Senior Curator Consultant to the Kenya Ports Authority Maritime Museum, a joint project with the Kenya Ports Authority and the National Museums of Kenya. Ms. Fadhil Ali brings in to CHDA a wealth of experiences in heritage training and management. Formerly she was the Senior Curator for Malindi Museum where she started the MalindiI Cultural Festival with the aim of uniting communities, showcasing the different cultural heritages of Malindi and at the same time provides socio economic cultural opportunities.

We wish to welcome continued support to the efforts of the Board and staff of CHDA in creating a sustainable and viable heritage capacity building institution in Africa.


Dr Ahmed Yasin


Centre for Heritage Development in Africa

World Heritage Nomination Training Course


DATE: 15 – 26 October 2012

VENUE: Uganda

ORGANISATORS: Centre for Heritage Development in Africa, African World Heritage Fund, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage – Department of Museums and Monuments of Uganda

FUNDING: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage – Department of Museums and Monuments of Uganda, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, African World Heritage Fund

1- Background

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) was launched in 2006 to support African State Parties in implementing the UNESCO Convention on the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The AWHF, in collaboration with World Heritage institutions and African State Parties, initiated a Nomination training course for African State Parties in 2009. The course focusses on the development of nomination files (dossiers and management plans) for consideration by the World Heritage Committee. This was in response to the fact that in spite of its very rich heritage, the Africa Region has continued to have the least number of sites (9%) on the prestigious World Heritage List. The main objective of the training course is to build competence and capacity among African heritage practitioners in the development of nomination files as required by the World Heritage Committee when considering properties for inscription on the World Heritage List.

As for the first two course cycles, the implementation of the third round of nomination course is being coordinated by regional training institutions in Africa, namely the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) for the Anglophone programme.

2- Objective of the course

  • To give competence to African natural and cultural heritage practitioners thereby improving the quality of African nomination files submitted to the World Heritage Committee.
  • To reinforce the network of African heritage professionals working on World Heritage properties.
  • Set up a support and follow up mechanism to facilitate delivery of credible nomination files.
  • To increase the number and diversity of African heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.

3- Phases

The course consists of three components, namely:

  • A two week workshop in Uganda [15-26 October 2012] introducing the nomination process and evaluating initial country nomination proposals in order to establish follow up work.
  • Eight months of fieldwork by the participants in their countries, during which they might receive the assistance of a nominated mentor with relevant expertise to enhance their nomination work. During this phase or after, an institution working on a nomination might receive (and upon application) up to US$15,000 from the AWHF to carry out work required for the successful completion of the nomination.
  • A two week workshop in 2013 to evaluate progress on the nomination work by countries with a view of sending the completed nomination files to the World Heritage Centre.

4- Working language

The working language for the course is English.

5- Participants

Only participants who have already started working on a World Heritage nomination file will be selected for the training course. For each file, two participants will be accepted from each country.

Eligible female practitioners are encouraged to apply.

6- Applying for the training course

All applicants should submit the following application package:

  • The completed application form;
  • A signed letter of recommendation and commitment from the National Director or the highest national authority in charge of Immovable Heritage Conservation/Management or for natural sites, the highest authority in charge of the proposed site in your country. For the countries where there is a national World Heritage Committee, the recommendation letter might be co-signed by the Chairperson of the Committee. The letter will make clear the facilities and/or support the State Party is giving to finalize the nomination process, including giving enough time and responsibilities to the participants to complete a credible nomination file. The letter should state that the applicants institution will not withdraw any of the applicants from the course or in the midst of the training cycle;
  • A brief description of property to be nominated. The description will comprise the following sections: historic and geographical background, values and criteria, components, state of conservation, management and protection measures in place. Preferably, the draft dossier (in its current level of completion) should be annexed to the application;
  • A two page summary of challenges being faced in the nomination process by the State Party.

It is our expectation that the property being worked on is already on the State Party’s Tentative List.

7- Deadline

The complete application package (including supporting documents) should be addressed simultaneously via postal and electronic mails at the latest on the 17 August 2012 to:

Hosea Wanderi
Immovable Heritage Programme Coordinator
Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA)
Old Law Court Building, Nkrumah Road
P.O. BOX 90010 – 80100
Tel. +254 70 7701761
Fax +254 41 2227985

Email: with copy to and

Please copy your electronic application and any appendix or request/information to the three emails above.

8- Funding

The costs for the training will be covered by the African World Heritage Fund and the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage of Uganda.

However, it will be requested that the selected participants contribute to the costs by taking in charge their personal costs, e.g. medical insurance and daily allowances. The financial support from their institution will be highly appreciated.


Change of leadership at CHDA


It is with sincere regret with which we, the Board of the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa inform all our development partners, donors, international community and the heritage fraternity of the departure of Ms Deirdre Prins-Solani as the Director of the centre.

We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to Ms. Prins- Solani for the excellent work she has accomplished, her efficient and insightful leadership and the innovative programs and milestones CHDA achieved during her tenure as Director. Innovative programs such as the ‘Lab in the Suitcase’, the Heritage Entrepreneurship Awards Program for Youth and the incubation of the Mombasa Old Town Youth Cultural Group has attracted much interest and beginning to clearly demonstrate the transformative relationship between heritage and development.

In keeping with its new strategy, CHDA has also signed important international cooperation in Africa with States Parties such as Botswana, Rwanda and is supporting developments in Mozambique. In order to strengthen the networks and resources to support African heritage professionals it has also signed an contract with INTO (International National Trust Organisation). Its on-going partners for activities remain the African World Heritage Fund, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage division and the UNESCO Movable Heritage section.

CHDA has faced serious financial challenges in the wake of the conclusion of some of its major programs in 2009, coupled with the global financial crisis. The Board has found it increasingly difficult to secure the position of Director as part of the Centre running costs. As a part of rolling out its sustainability plan, the Board has embarked on an effort to secure the post of Directorship through the secondment of a senior staff member through African States Parties who receive support through the programs of CHDA.

Through the continued commitment of the National Museums of Kenya as the host country to CHDA, Mr. Kassim Omar, has been seconded by the National Museums of Kenya, to serve as the interim Director to CHDA. Kassim is no stranger to CHDA and its activities, having consistently served as a resource person in the Africa 2009 program.


Kassim Omar previously headed the Mombasa Old Town Conservation Office (MOTCO) and is currently the Acting Director for the Research Institute for Swahili Studies of East Africa (RISSEA), a directorate of the National Museums of Kenya. An architect by training, he is currently completing a PhD in Architectural Conservation.

We wish to welcome continued support to the efforts of the Board and staff of CHDA in creating a sustainable and viable heritage capacity building institution in Africa.


Dr Idle Farah
Centre for Heritage Development in Africa

POST DOCTORAL/ PRE-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS in the Wits Art Museum, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

We invite applications for 2 Fellowship in the WITS ART MUSEUM at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. These fellowships are funded by The Andrew W Mellon Foundation and will be situated in the Wits Art Museum. The positions will preferably be filled by Postdoctoral candidates, but we will consider strong applications from candidates with MA degrees intending to enroll for, or currently enrolled for PhDs. The fellows will work with the curators of the Wits Art Museum and the Chair in the Centre for the Creative Arts of Africa on a research-driven re-engagement with the collections of historical and contemporary African arts in the Wits Art Museum. We are therefore looking for fellows with research experience in one or more of the following fields: African visual art, African music, African performance arts, African dress. One of the main tasks of the fellows will be to help academic divisions in Wits and at other institutions access, engage with, and use the collections in teaching and research. They will have to outline and drive a series of seminars which will, at the end of the project, be published as a collection of essays. Fellows will be expected to participate in exhibitions and publications planned within the Wits Art Museum.

Each Fellowship will be for a period of 36 months (although we may consider terms shorter than that) and will include a stipend, a shared office with own computer, library access and a small research grant per year. The fellowship project will start in July 2012, and will end in July 2015.

Applications must be sent to Julia Charlton, (Senior Curator at WAM)
and should include:

Title and abstract of the doctoral thesis, or master’s thesis/research report
Copies of degree certificate (or a signed letter from a supervisor saying that the degree will be completed before the candidate is due to take up the position)
Copies of completed articles or published essays (if any)
A Curriculum Vitae (Resumé)
A letter of motivation.
The names and email addresses of two referees, one of whom should be the supervisor of the doctorate/MA dissertation.
Submission deadline 15 July 2012

Michael W. Conner PhD., ISA-AM
ArtConsul Collections Management & Appraisal
4002 Turnberry Drive, Champaign, IL 61822
Cell: (217) 369-9875 FAX-PH: (217) 352-5641




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The Centre for Heritage Development, an institution founded in 2000 by the (ICCROM) and the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), has since its inception, trained over 650 heritage professionals from across the 26 African countries it serves. Its capacity building program includes; providing support to national heritage institutions, local communities and States Parties in the areas of; Movable Heritage, Immovable Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage. Its approach to capacity building emphasizes the relationship between heritage and development.

The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) is a government institution, which was inaugurated in September 18, 1989 with one ethnographic museum based in Huye-Butare under the name of National Museum of Rwanda. Other museums have been opened since 2004:

  • Natural History Museum of Kigali in December 2004,
  • Arts Museum of Rwesero in Nyanza in May 2006,
  • Rwanda Ancient History Museum in Nyanza/Rukari in May 2008, and
  • Presidential Palace Museum in Kanombe in February 2009.
  • In 2012, the Environmental Museum will open in Karonge/ Western Provence

The INMR’s vision is to provide museums and heritage sites around the country with a platform for education and exposing Rwandan Cultural and Natural richness. The INMR’s mission is to collect, preserve, research and present Rwandese past and present cultural and natural national heritage.

Rwanda is an emerging powerhouse in Africa. With increasing delivery on infrastructure and services to its peoples, its attention has now turned to the development of culture and heritage as a vehicle for development and restoring the dignity of all peoples in Rwanda.

Under the leadership of his visionary Board, the dynamic and purposeful Director General, Alphonse Umuliisa, has embarked on a program in Africa and globally, of seeking partnerships which would catalyse and nurture the emerging heritage sector in Rwanda.

The Centre for Heritage Development in Africa and the Institute for National Museums in Rwanda have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The agreement between CHDA and the INMR is focused on providing capacity building support and creating a strategy which has specific outcomes between 2012 and 2014 related to; identifying and developing concepts for new museums in various provinces, strengthening the competencies required in museum management and development, creating innovative activities between the museums and the local communities and providing support in its effort to safeguard intangible cultural heritage.


The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program

The University of Michigan
African Presidential Scholars Program

Program Description:

The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program (UMAPS) is designed to enhance collaboration between early career faculty from Ghana, Liberia, Uganda and South Africa and students and faculty at the University of Michigan. It is also designed to support faculty development in Africa and capacity building for African home institutions. The University of Michigan offers support in cultivating the next generation of African scholars by bringing them to the University of Michigan for periods of four to six months, and it seeks to build and strengthen lasting scholarly relationships with those scholars and their institutions. At the University of Michigan, they will have access to library and research materials that can assist them in working on a research project, academic degree, new course, grant proposal, or other relevant activity. While in residency, they will also be paired with a University of Michigan faculty member for collaboration on projects that will help them advance their careers. Eligible scholars may apply to visit Michigan for two months, a semester (four months), or for a half year (six months) beginning in September, 2013.

Research, Mentoring, and African Initiatives at UM:

Faculty representing all disciplines and all subjects are encouraged to apply. Each selected UMAPS scholar will be paired with a University of Michigan faculty member (or faculty research team) with similar interests. Applicants will have a greater chance of success if their scholarly work represents areas of special need and/or capacity building for their home institutions, and represents scholarly areas in which the University of Michigan is particularly able to provide mentorship and collaborative engagement.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the websites of the University of Michigan ( and the African Studies Center ( for additional information about the University.

The University of Michigan is currently highlighting the following areas:

  • African Heritage: research in African history, anthropology, literature, religious studies, and allied disciplines in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
  • African Social Research Initiative. Quantitative social scientific research on income dynamics, urbanization, gender, governance, demographics, urbanization, public health and environmental change.
  • STEM-Africa: research in the domains of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

However, our areas of interest and mentorship are broad and we encourage applications from the widest possible arena.


African Presidential Scholars will be provided with round-trip airfare from their home country to Ann Arbor, Michigan, housing, and a stipend to cover living and research expenses during their residency at the University of Michigan. Scholars would begin their residency in September, 2013.

It is expected that the scholar’s home institution will continue to pay the scholar’s academic salary during the duration of the fellowship.

Each scholar will be asked to give a seminar with other visiting Ghanaian, Liberian, Ugandan, and South African scholars and U-M faculty and students during his or her tenure.

The scholarship may be combined with other scholarships or funds to support an extended stay.

Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria and Process:

The applicant must be a faculty member from universities in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, or the University of Liberia. Since a primary intent of the program is assistance in capacity building in African academe, strong preference will be given to early career members of the faculty. Mid-career faculty may also apply for consideration.

Early career faculty means faculty who have taught in the higher education system for less than ten years. Applicants may or may not have received their PhD. If they have not received their PhD, the application to UMAPS should detail how a Michigan residency will contribute to that end. If they have PhD in hand, their programme of research in relation to career development should be clearly stated.

All applicants should include a letter of support from Head of Department, Chair, Dean or another person in the university administration recommending the candidate and explaining how this particular scholar will address an outstanding faculty/scholarly need at their university. The letter additionally should confirm the institution’s commitment to continue to pay the scholar’s academic salary while on leave at Michigan.  Review and selection will be made by a multidisciplinary faculty committee at the University of Michigan. Selection will be based on the academic quality of the candidate and of the proposed program of scholarship; the academic fit of the candidate with others selected in the cycle — it is our hope to facilitate scholarly networks — and with the areas of interest described above; and the support of the candidate’s home institution. Strong emphasis will be given to candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds. Promotion of gender equity in the current class of scholars and in the African academy will also be given strong consideration. Applicants who already have significant international experience will not be favored for the program.

Guidance on the Project Proposal:

Please ensure your project proposal includes the goals and range of work you hope to complete in the four to six months at UM.  The expectation is that many applicants will be continuing or completing research they have already begun.  If you intend to begin a new area of research, please explain how much of the topic you would be able to cover and how you would complete the work once back in your home country.  Also note the likely outcomes of your work at UM, for instance the completion of a manuscript, submission of articles, etc.

Application and Deadlines:

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A scholarly program proposal, not to exceed five double-spaced pages
  • A letter of support from the department chair or program head, dean, or vice chancellor at the applicant’s home institution. This letter should: (1) indicate the institution’s commitment to continue to pay the scholar’s academic salary while on leave at Michigan. It should also (2) describe the candidate’s strengths and merits, and (3) explain how this candidate’s Michigan residency contributes to central needs of the university.

Applications should be sent to the following address:

Director, African Studies Center
The University of Michigan
International Institute
1080 S. University Ave, Suite 3603
Ann Arbor, Ml 48109-1106
Tel: 734-615-3027
Fax: 734-936-0996

Alternatively, applications, or queries, can be sent electronically to the following electric mail address: