Commemorating World War Centenary in Namibia. British High Commission funds mobile exhibition for Museums Association of Namibia/UNAM History Society
On Tuesday 07 April 2015, the British High Commission signed an agreement with the Museum Association of Namibia (MAN) to fund an educational project to highlight and commemorate how World War One changed the course of Namibian history.
As part of the Uks Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s First World War Centenary Commemoration Programme activities, the project will create an educational opportunity for young Namibian history students in the form of a mobile exhibition documenting the impact of WWI on Namibia and how the war significantly changed Namibian history.
The mobile exhibition will be launched in July at an event in Tsumeb, near the site of the surrender of German troops, timed to coincide with the centenary anniversary of the event.
At the signing event held at the British High Commission today, HE Mrs. Marianne Young, expressed her appreciation for this project: “Throughout 2015, the First World War Centenary is being commemorated globally, I am pleased that the British High Commission is able to support the Museums Association of Namibia’s work to highlight the centenary locally and educate young Namibians, in particular, on the impact of these events on Namibia’s history.
The exhibition is being developed in partnership with a team of students from UNAM History Society, through Exhibition Planning workshops. The planning of the exhibition will be facilitated through a closed Facebook group that will discuss the themes, texts and images to be used. The students will visit some of the commemorative sites associated with the war before launching the exhibition on the evening of 9th July, 2015 at Khorab Lodge. The educational exhibition will be available for loan to regional museums. The exhibition will feature information about some of the forgotten battles, such as Sandfontein, Trekkopies and Gibeon, and will reveal the impact of the war on local communities.