PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES
Below is a list of publications and resources produced by MAN that can be downloaded for free. Hard copies are available at the MAN office and resource centre.
NAMIBIAN MUSEUM GUIDEBOOK
Guidebooks to Namibian Museums published by the MAN.
Museum Matters, the regularly released journal of the MAN.
- Museum Matters 38
- Museum Matters 37
- Museum Matters 36 - The Jeremy Edition
- Museum Matters 35
- Museum Matters 33 &34
- Museum Matters 31 & 32
- Museum Matters 30
- Museum Matters 29
- Museum Matters 28
- Museum Matters 27
- Museum Matters 26
- Museum Matters 25
- Museum Matters 23 & 24
- Museum Matters 22
- Museum Matters 21
- Museum Matters 20
- Museum Matters 19
- Museum Matters 18
MAN ANNUAL REPORTS
- MAN Annual Report 2022/2023
- MAN Annual Report 2021/2022
- MAN Annual Report 2020/2021
- MAN's 30th Anniversary Publication 1990-2020
- MAN Annual Report 2018/2019
- MAN Annual Report 2017/2018
- MAN Annual Report 2016/2017
- MAN Annual Report 2015/2016
- MAN Annual Report 2014/2015
- MAN Annual Report 2013/2014
- MAN Annual Report 2012/2013
- MAN Annual Report 2011/2012
- MAN Annual Report 2010/2011
- MAN Annual Report 2009/2010
- MAN Annual Report 2007/2008
- MAN Annual Report 2006/2007
- MAN Annual Report 2005/2006
- MAN Annual Report 2004/2005
Some handbooks for use by Museums produced by MAN
- Marketing Handbook
- Financial Management Handbook
- Museum Education Handbook
- Dodging Disaster Handbook
- Making An Impact - Exhibition Planning & Design
MAN EXHIBITION GUIDEBOOKS
Guidebooks and Handbooks for Exhibitions made by MAN.
- Museum of Namibian Fashion - Pocket Guide
- Helvi Mpingana Kondombolo Cultural Village - Pocket Guide
- Museum Development as a Tool for Strengthening Cultural Rights (Museum and Mobile Exhibition Guidebook)
- Changing History: World War 1 and Namibia
- Oombale Dhi Ihaka - The Bond That Cannot Be Broken
- Stand Together - San Cultural Heritage
- Exhibition Development for Namibian Museums Project
OTHER MAN PUBLICATIONS
- Museum Collections Make Connections - Finland and Namibia
- Past, Present and Future of Namibian Heritage Conference Book
- Resistance on the Banks of the Kavango River
MAN TEMPLATES FOR NAMIBIAN MUSEUM PROFESSIONALS
Starting Your Museum – A Quick Guide
This is a short, simplified document that can serve as a quick “checklist”.
Job Descriptions for Namibian Museum Professionals
This is a guide that you may find useful when planning on staffing your museums at a regional and national level. This document details the “ideal” staffing complement for a museum but we are aware that it may not be the reality on the ground due to funding, expertise, and other constraints and sometimes due to the size of the museum (a museum which is smaller will not need this many staff, however, a bigger museum may need to duplicate some of the positions). However, it can still serve as a point of reference for planning.
Over the years, we have developed templates and free resources that are aimed at assisting MAN members (both institutional and individual) in more efficient museum management. You can download these editable templates attached for your tailoring (if you need them). The document includes the following Governing and Policy Documents:
- Policy Documents: Collection and Exhibition Policy, Human Resource Policy, Finance Policy, Marketing Policy, Vehicle Policy, Code of Ethics and Business Conduct
- Terms of Reference for Museum Advisory Board Members
- Five-Year Strategic Plan
Please feel free to reach out to us if you require any assistance with navigating any of the documents.
Museums Association of Namibia YouTube Channel Visit this site to watch all the MAN-related videos, launches, and more.
International Council of Museums (ICOM)
"Museums have no borders, they have a network". Visit this site to become a member of ICOM and join the international network.
Namibia 1953-1954 Project
Between 1953-1954, over 750 sounds and other documents were recorded with over 200 people from across Namibia. This platform hopes to make this vast material more accessible to the broader Namibian public and families in particular. “Namibia 1953-54” provides a list of names of those individuals whose voices, narratives, songs and poetry were recorded and whose images were taken. Each name is linked to an index card that lists the number of available images, audio recordings and written records for that person.
FREE ONLINE COURSES FOR CURATORS, MUSEUM PROFESSIONALS AND CULTURE OFFICERS
We have compiled a list of free online short courses for curators, museum professionals and culture officers etc. For some of them, you will be issued a certificate for free and for others, you can take the course for free and pay for the certificate if you would like or you can simply finish the course. Please see the list below in case there are any that you would like to take. Please feel free to share these resources with other professionals in the sector.
If you do start and complete one or more of the courses, please give us feedback on your experience.
INTRODUCTION TO THE AGENTS OF DETERIORATION
This is a free course developed to help you learn or review the causes of damage to our collections, the 10 Agents of Deterioration, as defined by the Canadian Conservation Institute. We will cover why understanding the causes of damage are important, what risks they pose, and importantly how they relate to each other. You will be challenged to look closely at objects from your collection and determine how the Agents could affect them. A certificate can be earned for this course at no charge. LINK: https://www.museumstudy.com/introduction-to-the-agents-of-deterioration
CULTURAL INSTITUTION CRISIS RESPONSE
This course is an evolving tool to aid cultural institutions in ways to respond to large-scale crises that interfere with the ability to operate normally. There is no start date or moderator. You can access it at any time. This is a free resource created at the beginning of COVID to help institutions deal with the closing, operating while closed, and reopening. LINK: https://www.museumstudy.com/cultural-institution-crisis-response
CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM EDUCATION (5 WEEKS)
This class provides a theoretical and practical understanding of the growing field of contemporary museum education. It includes an examination of the changes occurring in art and designs educational paradigms within the museum world, the evolving nature of museums as institutions with educational missions, along with learning and interpretive theories unique to the museum context. The class provides an extensive hands-on component devoted to the special methods, practices, and skills associated with teaching artworks, and designing educational material, projects, programs and innovative learning experiences within the art and design museum settings. The course also explores critical issues facing the field through theory, practice, and the analysis of case studies, including audience diversity, collaboration with schools and communities, the rethinking of museum missions and practices, and the potential for innovation and avant-garde practice within the field. LINK: https://www.classcentral.com/course/kadenze-contemporary-museum-education-4998/course/kadenze-contemporary-museum-education-4998
THE MUSEUM AS A SITE AND SOURCE FOR LEARNING (3 WEEKS)
Explore the purpose of museums today and find out how they facilitate learning. LINK: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/museum-learning#section-overview
CULTURE, HEALTH AND WELLBEING: AN INTRODUCTION (9 HOURS)
This online course will help you develop, deliver and evaluate health and well-being work within a museum, arts, heritage or cultural organisation. LINK: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/short-courses/search-courses/culture-health-and-wellbeing-introduction
ARTS AND HERITAGE MANAGEMENT (16 HOURS)
This course has been conceptualized to address the need for skills and techniques to help professionals and managers in running art and cultural institutions. LINK: https://www.coursera.org/learn/arts-heritage
INTERDISCIPLINARY TEACHING WITH MUSEUM OBJECTS (6 WEEKS)
This course will give middle and high school history teachers new techniques to engage and motivate students with an inquiry-based approach to learning. LINK: https://www.edx.org/course/teaching-historical-inquiry-with-objects
THE CULTURAL STRATEGY COURSE (32 MINUTES)
By taking the course, you will learn how to draw up a strategy for a cultural organisation and prepare documents that will have a real impact. The lecturer of the course, Ragnar Siil, a specialist in the EU-EaP Culture and Creativity Programme, has worked for more than ten years in the state, non-governmental, non-profit and commercial organisations. In his lectures, the expert proposes new methods for analysing organisations, and measuring their potential, effects and results. LINK: https://www.culturepartnership.eu/en/publishing/cultural-strategy
THE CULTURE & CREATIVITY COURSE (SELF-PACED)
In this course, you will be able to find out what cultural and creative industries are, what makes cities creative, what differences exist between mass and high culture, what the role of culture is in the different spheres of life and how culture can contribute to conflict resolution. LINK: https://www.culturepartnership.eu/en/publishing/course
THE CULTURAL RELATIONS AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY INTRODUCTION COURSE (30 MINUTES)
It focuses on Introduction to Cultural Relations and Cultural Diplomacy and their important role in today's world. The course provides participants with the basic knowledge needed in the field of Cultural Relations and Cultural Diplomacy. The course has the potential to become an instrumental tool for culture managers and policymakers who strive to perform more effectively in their working environment, as well as to be a must-have for anyone willing to explore this area a bit deeper. The course includes video lectures, and additional materials, as well as a test for self-control and to get the course certificate. LINK: https://www.culturepartnership.eu/en/publishing/cultural-diplomacy