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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.

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

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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) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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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"Africa can only be as strong as the institutions she creates and sustains to feed her mind, body and soul"

.............................. Anonymous

"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden."
..............................Thomas Jefferson

"A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
.............................. Mohandas Gandhi

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Partners & Funders for 2011


                    - ICH Project
                     - Gabon
                     - Wheap


- Newcastle University
  (En-compass Field & Workshop)

- AU - African Union