National Museum digitizing all artifacts, historical sites

11Sep 2020
Francis Kajubi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
National Museum digitizing all artifacts, historical sites

THE country’s artifacts and historical sites will now be displayed online in a bid to ensure wider market access as National Museum of Tanzania embarks on digital use.

Mwl Nyerere Museum in Butiama.

National Museum of Tanzania Director General, Dr Noel Lwoga said his management is committed at promoting artifacts and historical monuments located at its six centers across the country.

Dr Lwoga said NMT has embarked on application of innovative technology ways of conservation and marketing of the artifacts and historical monuments to exploit the modern digital world of tourism.

“These training sessions will involve 20 staff members who are equivalent to 17 percent of the museum’s 120 employees working at our six museum centers in the country,” he said adding that the centres includes Village Museum in Dar es Salaam, Arusha Declaration and Natural History Museum, Mwl Nyerere Museum in Butiama and Majimaji Memorial Museum in Songea.

The NMT chief told participants to the training that modern conservation of museum artifacts and historical sites involves digitization so as to market and conserve such government treasures.

 According to him, the training was organized within the framework of a five year research project known as Collaborative Provenance Research on Collections from Tanzania which is jointly implemented by four institutions namely the NMT, the Ethnological Museum of Berlin, University of Dar es Salaam and the Humboldt University of Berlin.

The Project’s Coordinator, Dr Oswald Masebo from Department of History at College of Humanities at the University of Dar es Salaam, said the project which is funded by Gerda Henkel Stiftung of Germany, started 2017 and will be concluded in 2022.

Dr Masebo said one of the three components of the project is training and capacity building involving University of Dar es Salaam and National Museum of Tanzania personnel. For UDSM it involves postgraduate training while for NMT its capacity building of employees on specific areas of interest.

“This year the focus is on the new direction in the conservation of museum artifacts while the other training is on digital museums and exhibitions. With the exhibition lot, the project focuses on improving the intellectual architecture of permanent history exhibition in the national museum and house of culture,” he revealed.

He explained that the focus is on the study of the artifacts that were collected in Tanzania and shipped to Germany and are now housed at the Ethnological Museum in Berlin. It also focuses on study of artifacts collected in Tanzania which are housed at the National Museum and House of Culture in Dar es Salaam.

“In Tanzania, the project has three components. The second component deals with empirical research on colonial and post-colonial collections. This includes identification of artifacts in the collections housed at the National Museum and House of Culture in Dar es Salaam,” he added.