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Museums Association of Namibia

The Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) is an umbrella organisation that represents all Namibian museums. As a representative body it supports museums in various ways such as in the field of training, funding and the networking of professionals.

Namibian Heritage Week 2020 | NBC Documentary

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Watch this documentary which was filmed by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) for Namibian Heritage Week 2020 and discusses the importance of heritage and culture in relation to tourism, sustainability, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector.The documentary features professionals in the sector from the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN), the National Museum of Namibia, The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, National Earth Sciences Museum (NESM), Owela Museum, artists, curators, and heritage and culture practitioners.Museums Association of NamibiaEmail: : www.museums.com.naFacebook:...
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Call for Applications: Instructors for MOOC on Living Heritage [UNESCO]

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONSDear facilitators and colleagues,The UNESCO Living Heritage Entity has launched a call for applications for INSTRUCTORS FOR A MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSE (MOOC) ON LIVING HERITAGE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. For more information, please see https://careers.unesco.org/job/Paris-Instructors-for-a-Massive-Open-Online-Course-%28MOOC%29-on-Living-Heritage-and-Sustainable-Development/520268602/You will see that the call is posted through a new platform called Success Factor. Please note that from now on all calls will be announced through this new platform. If you are not familiar with it, consider it will take some time to fill your information for the first time. Should you have any question, please feel free to contact Susanne Schnüttgen () or...
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[Watch Video] NHW2020 | Museum of Namibian Fashion | Ekori

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MAN would like to use Namibian Heritage Week to introduce you to our plan to develop a Virtual Museum of Namibian Fashion. The museum will feature photographs of historical and contemporary clothing and accessories. We will make the site interactive and welcome comments and contributions that might feature in the museum when it is launched by the end of 2020. We will post a couple of items this week to start the conversation. The second object we are introducing is an Ekori .Listen to Ms Cynthia Schimming , a Fashion designer and Otjiherero speaker explaining, the significance of the Ekori. The...
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[Watch Video] #NHW2020 Hendrik Witbooi Exhibition | National Archives of Namibia

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Ms Beauty Matongo, Head of the National Archives introduces a lecture by Mr Werner Hillebrecht about Hendrik Witbooi. Learn more about the man whose face is on our Namibian dollars.Kindly note that the viewing of the original exhibition will only be done when the National Archives of Namibia open to the public again.  
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[Watch Video] #NHW2020 | Zambezi Museum

The Zambezi Region Culture Office organised a clay pot making competition for Namibian Heritage Week. The idea is for the skills to be passed on to the younger generation as part of the region's intangible cultural heritage. Ms Lisho, the Deputy-Director also joined the competitors to create her own pot. The best pots will be displayed in the Zambezi Museum that is being developed in Katima Mulilo by the Museums Association of Namibia in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
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[Watch Video] #NHW2020 | Museum of Namibian Fashion | Ongodo/Ongondo

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MAN would like to use Namibian Heritage Week to introduce you to our plan to develop a Virtual Museum of Namibian Fashion. The museum will feature photographs of historical and contemporary clothing and accessories. We will make the site interactive and welcome comments and contributions that might feature in the museum when it is launched by the end of 2020. We will post a couple of items this week to start the conversation. The first object we are introducing is the Ongodo (Oshikwanyama) or Ongondo (Oshindonga).Listen to Ms Elizabeth Betty Hango, the retired History Curator of the National Museum of Namibia...
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[Watch Video] National Earth Science Museum #NHW2020

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A narrated film of the National Earth Science Museum’s exhibition and the collections. 
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[Watch Video] Namibia 1953 | #NHW2020

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The theme for Namibian Heritage Week this year is about exploring ways that we can use the internet to provide access to archives, museums and cultural heritage despite our present difficulties. The Museums Association of Namibia would like to introduce a web site www.namibia1953.com that will help people search through a collection of voice recordings and photographs of Namibians dating from 1953-54. Listen to this short film clip and then click on the link to access the web site.
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Deadline Extended | Logo Competition for the Museum of Namibian Fashion

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DEADLINE EXTENDEDWIN: A hamper that includes a two-night stay for two people sharing (sponsored by Gondwana Collection Namibia, a Safari Sweater & Card Holder (sponsored by Kimatheus Couture by Kim) & A Cash Prize of N$ 3,000.00
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[Watch Video] Let's Chat - Namibian Heritage Week 2020

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Namibian Heritage Week Activities 2020

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So we know that Namibian Heritage Week is quickly approaching, but what does that mean during the COVID-19 pandemic? It means that the activities will be accessible to even more people than usual, no matter where you are, as they will be streamed on radio, social media platforms, YouTube, websites etc.Below, you will find what's happening near you and how you can attend. All the activities will be filmed and shared on the National Arts Council of Namibia http://artscouncilnam.org/ and the Museums Association of Namibia websites and social media pages, even after the week is over.Keep an eye out for more...
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We're Working from Home - But We're Still Working

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Dear MAN Members Please be informed that the Museums Association of Namibia staff will be working from home, with limited hours in the office, until further notice. Please note that we will still be reachable via telephone, email, and social media. Tel: +264 61 30 22 30Cell: +264 85 2 30 22 30Email: : www.museums.com.naFacebook: Museums Association of NamibiaInstagram: @museums_association_of_namibiaTwitter: @MuseumsANamibia
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) 28th October 2020

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INVITATION TO MAN MEMBERSDear MAN MembersThe Annual General Meeting for the Museums Association on Namibia will be held on Wednesday 28th October 2020. All MAN members are herewith, formally invited to attend the AGM. Due to financial constraints and the COVID-19 pandemic regulations in relation to public gatherings, kindly be informed that the AGM will be held on an online platform.Please note the following important dates with regard to the 2020 AGM Wednesday 16 September 2020Deadline for submission of manifesto and CV for Executive Committee Elections Wednesday 14 October 2020Deadline for submission of AGM Registration forms Wednesday 14 October 2020Deadline for...
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MAN Mobile Exhibitions Catalogue

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The Museums Association of Namibia has developed numerous mobile exhibitions in our aim to have "museums without walls" which is a way to bring museums to the people, no matter where they are. For that reason, we encourage our member museums, schools, and institutions to borrow our exhibitions to showcase in their towns and regions. To loan a mobile exhibition, complete this form MAN Exhibition Loan Form and send it to  Our mobile exhibitions are easy to set up, take down, and transport. To learn how to set up and take down our mobile exhibitions, you can watch a tutorial on our YouTube channel, here  NB:...
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[CLOSED] We Are Hiring - Museum Development Officer

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The Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) is a Non-Governmental Organisation representing museums and heritage institutions throughout Namibia. As a representative body, it supports museums in various ways such as in the field of training, funding and the networking of professionals. MAN invites qualified individuals to apply for the following position.POSITION: Museum Development Officer (Permanent - Windhoek)REPORTING DIRECTLY TO: DirectorANNUAL REMUNERATION: N$265,520.72 - N$283,520.72BENEFITS: Medical Aid - 50% company contribution (capped at N$1,500.00)                   Social Security - Employer’s Contribution                   Housing Allowance YOUR MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE• Implement...
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Living Museums Receive Donations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Like everywhere else in the world the Coronavirus has led to a collapse of the tourism industry in Namibia. For the six living museums which are supported by the Living Culture Foundation Namibia (LCFN), this means a total loss of all income since mid-March 2020. Neither international tourists (about 90% of museum visitors) nor local travelers or school classes were able to visit the living museums and the future is uncertain, as it is currently still unclear when international travel will be possible again.Specifically, in the case of the Living Museums, this means that around 220 museum workers are currently unemployed....
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Farewell Nehoa!

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It is with a heavy heart, and simultaneously, great joy, that we bid our Museum Development Manager, Ms Nehoa Hilma Kautondokwa, farewell. Ms Kautondokwa has been with MAN since 2014 but her relationship with MAN began years before when she participated as a history teacher in MAN’s national School Clubs and Museums Exhibition (SCAMX) competition.While at MAN, Ms Kautondokwa man poured her heart and soul into ensuring that MAN projects are successful. As part of “Team No Sleep”, she has worked day and night and gone far beyond the call of duty, to make sure that whatever she touched, she did...
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Namibian Heritage Week 2020 Grants

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1. What is Namibian Heritage Week?Heritage Week is an opportunity for Namibians to showcase our heritage. The week encourages all Namibians to celebrate and commit themselves to protect our wonderful natural and cultural resources. Namibia’s major heritage institutions have joined together as a team to organize Namibian Heritage Week. As an umbrella organisation for museums country wide, the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) facilitates regional activities through its members during this week.This year, the theme for Heritage Week is “Ombazu Ndjiritutumuna” which means “Building Cultural Resilience - The New Normal” in Otjiherero. The Heritage Week Team decided that each year the...
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MAN Member Internet Access Survey - Please Complete

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As the world is evolving, we are trying to find ways to continue engaging you on new and different platforms. Due to funding constraints and the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also looking at innovative ways in which to have the AGM this year. We have therefore set up this quick questionnaire to ascertain the best way to engage all members.Please follow the link below to take this 2 minute questionnaire that will help us make important decisions for a way forward.https://forms.gle/2XHPWrAspnjPArQR7Deadline for submissions: Friday 10 July 2020.We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for helping us...
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Building a Dream: Making a Museum of Namibian Fashion

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Museums are the custodians of our cultural heritage. The Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) believes that one of the important reasons why we should preserve artifacts is because their meaning and design can inspire young Namibians working in the creative industries. It was for this reason that MAN recently held a stakeholders’ workshop to discuss the concept of establishing a `Museum of Namibian Fashion’. A competition has also been launched to design a logo for the new museum. The successful designer will win a stay at a Lodge sponsored by the Gondwana Collection and a Safari Sweater and Card Holder sponsored...
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Museums Association of Namibia's 30th Anniversary Publication

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The Museums Association of Namibia is almost as old as Namibia. Just a couple of months after independence (on International Museum Day after independence, 18th May, 1990) a large group of workers from museums, art galleries, libraries and archives met to discuss the establishment of an Association that would represent and support the cultural heritage sector.The MAN secretariat, with the assistance of our Honorary members, have compiled at 30th anniversary publication in which we have attempted to document the history of MAN over the last 30 years. The publication consists of four main sections namely;SECTION 1THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF MAN...
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[CLOSED] UNFPA: NATIONAL POST - Programme/Admin. Associate - Windhoek, Namibia, G6

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VACANCY IS OPEN ONLY TO NATIONALS OF NAMIBIAUNFPA Namibia is pleased to announce the following vacancy and would like to invite qualified candidates to apply via the below link:NATIONAL POST: Programme/Admin. Associate - Windhoek, Namibia, G6Closing Date: Monday 06 July 2020 (17:00 - Namibian time) Please note before you apply:The recommended browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.Job DescriptionJob Title                           NATIONAL POST: Programme/Admin. Associate - Windhoek, Namibia, G6Job ID                              31220Location               ...
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Logo Design Competition - Museum of Namibian Fashion

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Can you design a vibrant, unique logo which reflects Namibia’s rich fashion heritage?Win a two-night stay for two people sharing (sponsored by Gondwana Collection Namibia) and a Safari Sweater & Card Holder (sponsored by Couture by Kim).*Terms and condition applyTo enter:Submit a high-resolution design with a watermark in jpeg format via email to The top five short-listed designs will be submitted to a public vote.Deadline: 31st August 2020For further information contact:Museums Association of Namibia Tel: +264 61 302230Email: : www.museums.com.naFacebook: Museums Association of Namibia Instagram: @museums_association_of_namibiaTwitter: @MuseumsANamibiaMuseums Association of Namibia | Making Museums Matter – Since 1990 
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ResiliArt Namibia Online Debate - 28 May 2020

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ResiliArt Namibia, a collaborative partnership between the Directorate of Arts, Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture,  Turipamwe Design, Joe Vision Production, the EU and the UNESCO Windhoek Office will host the third of three Panels on the impact of COVID-19 on the heritage, arts and culture sector.The ResiliArt debates address pressing issues affecting the livelihoods of cultural professionals, including the social and economic rights of artists, copyright protection, digitization of content and freedom of expression. The need to ensure that these issues are given the place they deserve in the political and social discussions that will shape the world after the...
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ResiliArt Namibia Online Debate - 26 May 2020

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ResiliArt Namibia, a collaborative partnership between the Directorate of Arts, Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture,  Turipamwe Design, Joe Vision Production, the EU and the UNESCO Windhoek Office will host the first of three Panels on the impact of COVID-19 on the heritage, arts and culture sector.

The ResiliArt debates address pressing issues affecting the livelihoods of cultural professionals, including the social and economic rights of artists, copyright protection, digitization of content and freedom of expression. The need to ensure that these issues are given the place they deserve in the political and social discussions that will shape the world after the crisis.

Please use the link below to join the debate and share your insights on a collaborative and resilient way forward!

You can join the session on Zoom with the following details Zoom Meeting Details Webinar ID: 935 7915 8548 Password: 317088

Session 2
Date: Tuesday 26th May 2020
Time: 14h00 -16h00

You can download the programme for all three sessions here ResiliArt Namibia Debate Programme

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ResiliArt Namibia Online Debate - 20 May 2020

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ResiliArt Namibia, a collaborative partnership between the Directorate of Arts, Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture,  Turipamwe Design, Joe Vision Production, the EU and the UNESCO Windhoek Office will host the first of three Panels on the impact of COVID-19 on the heritage, arts and culture sector.The ResiliArt debates address pressing issues affecting the livelihoods of cultural professionals, including the social and economic rights of artists, copyright protection, digitization of content and freedom of expression. The need to ensure that these issues are given the place they deserve in the political and social discussions that will shape the world after the...
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Goethe Institut: MuseumFutures – Africa Call for Expressions of Interest

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GOETHE INSTITUT MuseumFutures – AfricaCall for Expressions of InterestThe MuseumFutures-project is a pan-African project for the conceptual development of museums on the African continent supported by the Goethe-Institut and developed collaboratively with a team of practitioners from the art and museum fields. It aims at enabling museum-driven processes of innovation, change, or adaptation. The central tenet is for museums to drive their own change, through facilitated peer-to-peer learning between African Museums. The main aim of the project is to enable museums to address their own challenges or embark on new strategies, this might include; restructuring their work, developing new concepts for...
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[CLOSED] EU/UNESCO: Call for Expression of Interest: project implementation in Namibia

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EU/UNESCO Expert Facility on the Governance of Culture in Developing Countries: Support for new regulatory frameworks to strengthen the cultural and creative industries and promote South-South cooperation Project funded by the European Union (EU) 2018-2021Deadline: 4 May 2020See full article here https://en.unesco.org/creativity/news/call-expression-interest-project-implementation-namibia. The purpose of this call is to solicit expression of interest from individuals interested in working as a national expert (Namibia) in the implementation of the above-mentioned project. A selected candidate will receive a consultant contract from UNESCO to carry out the terms of reference provided in the call. Interested candidates are requested to submit to , by 4 May 2020:a detailed CV providing evidence that they possess the...
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Happy Independence Day Namibia

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Closure of Namibian Museums - COVID-19

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In compliance with the announcement made by President Hage Geingob on Saturday 14th March 2020 canceling all public gatherings in response to the COVID-19 virus, all Namibian Museums have been advised to close until further notice.Updates and information on when the museums will reopen will be communicated on the Museums Association of Namibia website www.museums.com.na and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
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Stand Together at Tsumeb Cultural Village

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The exhibition will be at the Helvi Mpingana Kondombolo Cultural Village in Tsumeb from Friday 21st of February until Saturday the 04th of April 2020. The catalogues will also be available at the cultural village and available for download at https://www.museums.com.na/journal-and-publications.Opening Times: Monday – Friday 09h00 - 16h00Saturdays 09h00 - 13h00Bookings for Guided Tours: +264811482391
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Baxu and the Giants Screening at Swakopmund Museum

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On 3 March at 18 o’clock we invite you to a public screening of the new Namibian film “Baxu and the Giants” on rhino poaching followed by a public discussion with the director Florian Schott and Save the Rhino Trust. The entrance is free, donations welcome. All the donations will go to the Save the Rhino Trust Namibia.“Baxu and the Giants” is a 30-minute film directed by Florian Schott. It was commissioned by the Legal Assistance Centre Namibia to reach an audience worldwide and bring awareness to the issue of poaching in rural Namibia and underlying social issues that can lead...
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Launch Postponed

Kindly be advised that the launch of the Ovaherero and Nama Genocide Mobile Exhibition and Teachers’ Handbook, scheduled for Monday 24th February 2020, has been postponed.We will get back to you with details of the new launch date in due course. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
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[CLOSED] Swakopmund: San Cohen Library - Secretary/PA/Bookkeeper

The Sam Cohen Library in Swakopmund is looking for a secretary / PA/ bookkeeper in the Sam Cohen Library. German and English fluency is essential for the position. Further details are attached. SEKRETARIAT UND BUCHHALTUNGVoraussetzungen:- Gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift- PC Kenntnisse (Microsoft Office & Buchhaltungssoftware)- BuchhaltungskenntnisseAufgabenbereiche (ganztags):- Allgemeine Büro- und Sekretariatsaufgaben- Veranstaltungsorganisation (JHV, Vorträge, usw.)- Dokumentation und Verwaltung: u.a. Spenden und Spender, Miet- und Arbeitsverträge- Vorstandssitzungen vorbereiten und protokollieren- Allgemeine Buchhaltung in Quick Books- Petty Cash & Museumsfinanzen - Gehälter und Mitarbeiterverwaltung- Finanzberichte für Vorstand- Aushilfe in der Sam-Cohen-BibliothekGehalt nach Vereinbarung. Bei Interesse bitte Bewerbungsschreiben und Lebenslauf an...
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We Actually Need to Collect Everything

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Host: Scientific Society Swakopmund/Swakopmund MuseumDate: Tuesday, 11th February 2020Time: 18H00Venue: Swakopmund Museum Lecture Hall, Swakopmund, NamibiaAbout: Dr. Dag Henrichsen will present in the Swakopmund Museum Lecture Hall: “You actually need to collect Everything - African artefacts in colonial collections and resistance and restitution demands in Namibia before World War I”.The Silent Auction of books we have several copies of in the Sam Cohen Library is scheduled until the end of March 2020.ContactNadine
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Stand Together” Mobile Exhibition and Catalogue Launch

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The Museums Association of Namibia, in collaboration with the Delegation for the European Union in Namibia, The Namibian San Council, Museum Africa and the National Arts Council of Namibia, hereby cordially invite you to the launch of the “Stand Together” Mobile Exhibition and Catalogue which feature images from the Fourie Collection at Museum Africa about San cultural heritage which will be launched by the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Hon. Martin Andjaba.Date: Thursday 20th February 2020Time: 11h00Venue: Etosha Secondary School Hall, Reinhold Shilongo Street, Tsumeb, NamibiaRSVP: Ndapewoshali Ashipala by Thursday 13th February 2020Email: Tel:+264 61 302230**Light refreshments will be...
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#MANTurns30

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MAN turns 30 in May 2020! Keep an eye on our website & social media pages to see the exciting activities throughout the year! Also keep an eye out for exciting 30th Birthday gear which will be available for sale, soon. 
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Season Greetings 2019

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Dear MAN Members,Please note that we will be closed for the festive season as from Friday, 13th December 2019 and we will reopen for the new year on Monday, 06th January 2020. We wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy festive season and we look forwardf to working with you towards Making Museums Matter in the new year.
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Answering a Global Call for Holocaust Education

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In a hyper-connected world where we are inundated with information, how do you ensure Holocaust history is taught and people understand its relevance today? How do you create a bulwark of truth against assaults on Holocaust memory? Solving these questions is one of the driving forces behind the Museum’s global outreach and investment in partnerships with leaders and institutions that can create sustainable impact.

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Fraud Alert !!!

It has come to the attention of the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) that an email has been sent to our members claiming to be from MAN.

Please note that this email is not from MAN and should be reported as spam. Please do not open the link.

As you are aware, a similar issue occurred with the report from the Past Present and Future of Namibia Conference, that was circulated and later published in a local newspaper as an official report from MAN, which it was not.

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Museums as Cultural Hubs

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The Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) held its 29th Annual General Meeting in !Nami#Nus Constituency in the //Kharas Region on 6th-7th August. The meeting was attended by forty-two representatives of different museums and heritage institutions from all over Namibia who travelled south in a bus provided by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. Participants travelled to Lüderitz from as far away as Ombalantu Baobab Tree Heritage Centre and the Kavango Museum in Rundu. The AGM was hosted in the auditorium of the new National Maritime Museum. The museum is still under construction, but one of the exciting parts of the...
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[CLOSED] Vacancy Announcements: Conservator and Documentalist

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The National Museum of Namibia (in partnership with the Museums Association of Namibia and University of Namibia) are participating in a project funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation entitled Confronting Colonial Pasts, Envisioning Creative Futures. We invite applications for two contract posts of two years (with the possibility of extension):

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[CLOSED] Vacancy Announcement: Curator - Museum of Namibian Fashion

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The Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) invites applications for a 1.5-year (18 months) contract (with the possibility of extension)POSITION: Curator, Museum of Namibian Fashion (MNF)SALARY SCALE: N$14,200pm (Gross Salary)BENEFITS:1. 13th Cheque2. Housing AllowanceJOB DESCRIPTIONAn entry-level post. The curator will assist with the development of a Museum of Namibian Fashion. The curator will be, initially, based in Windhoek but may be required to relocate to another town within Namibia once the museum opens. The museum will cover both historical and contemporary clothing and accessories.YOUR MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE• Developing the museum’s collection• Collating historical and new research• Exhibition development• Administrative support to...
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[CLOSED] Call for Applications: MA Scholarships in Material Culture

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The Museums Association of Namibia would like to invite applications for two MA Scholarships in History at the University of Namibia. The project has been funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The successful applicants will work with museum artifacts from the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.DURATIONThe scholarships will be for two years as part of the Confronting Colonial Pasts, Envisioning Creative Futures project.REQUIREMENTS1. The MA students will be expected to research the relevant communities about the oral traditions and histories associated with the objects.2. Applicants will be expected to have a degree in history, visual arts or fashion design...
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Namibian project team launches educational initiative on the Holocaust and genocide

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With the support of UNESCO and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), a team of Namibian educators from the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) has developed an impactful project in support of education about the Holocaust and genocide in Namibia.To kick off the project, the team inaugurated the USHMM traveling exhibition entitled “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race” on 24 April 2019 at the Gallery of the Namibian Arts Association in Windhoek. The event was attended by students, lecturers, and staff from the National Institute for Educational Development (NIED) and representatives of the UNESCO Office in Windhoek. The exhibition was brought...
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