19 Jan 2015 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JAN (NAMPA) The Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) on Monday awarded a total grant of N.dollars 613 809.17 to 12 regional museums.
The grant is provided by the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture to assist existing museums and heritage institutions, and is used to provide contribution to the creation of new museums with an emphasis on community-based projects.
The grant is awarded after being assessed on its own merits and in the context of other applications by the Regional Museums Development Committee, and is given up to the limit of N.dollars 100 000 per museum.
The Cape Cross Museum, one of the newest members of the association, has been awarded N.dollars 40 000 to enable the museum to construct purpose-built display cabinets and to create a new display featuring whale bones.
An amount N.dollars 40 000 has been allocated to the Grootfontein Museum, which is facing threats such as fading photographs and bricks due to the strong sunlight. The grant will be used to install thick curtains to prevent damage to artefacts inside the museum.
The King Mandume Museum received N.dollars 50 000; Nakambale Museum N.dollars 50 000; Uukwaluudhi Museum N.dollars 65 000; Namibia Scientific Society received N.dollars 98 809.17; and Onandjokwe Medical Museum N.dollars 100 000.
The Ju/Hoansi Living Museum received N.dollars 20 000 to obtain different equipment and stationery for the museum; Tumaheke Cultural Village Project got N.dollars 25 000; Living Cultures Foundation got N.dollars 25 000; and Mafwe Living Museum received N.dollars 20 000.
The Cheetah Conservation Foundation based outside Otjiwarongo received N.dollars 80 000 to fund educational resources, including models, posters and worksheets.
Speaking at the grant signing ceremony, MAN chairperson Aaron Nambadi said his institutions is the custodian of important artefacts, adding that the museums sector has become increasingly aware that preserving cultural heritage requires people not to forget about skills and cultural dances too.
Such things cannot be displayed easily in glass cases - it need to be taught to the next generation through real-life demonstrations and performances, said Nambadi, adding that the grant will help the communities to keep the culture alive and proudly showcase it to visitors.
The chairperson thus requested those who were awarded grants to use it as per the instructions in order to take their centres forward.
Nambadi said the museums marketing is becoming very big, therefore the money should be spend to improve their marketing systems.
He said the association has plans to establish a museum at OMhedi next to the palace of the Queen of OuKwanyama in the Ohangwena Region with the aim of creating the first museum in that region.
One of the Tumaheke Cultural Village Project representatives, Edmund Likuwa told Nampa in an interview after the signing ceremony that he is not satisfied with the amount they received, saying they need more money to set up a proper village homestead structure to present to visitors.