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U.S. Embassy Zimbabwe is proud to support the Friends of the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) in its efforts to document ten 16th-18th century drystone constructed settlement sites known as the Naletale Cluster of Madzimbabwe through a US$70,000 grant from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). From October 6-16, 2022, the NMMZ working with students and lecturers from National University of Science and Technology, Midlands State University, and Lupane State University conducted a documentation exercise of six of the ten southwest central drystone sites and collected information on wall types, styles, decorations, and construction materials. Their work will allow NMMZ to complete the registration as a World Heritage Site. Through the AFCP, the United States demonstrates commitment to cultural heritage preservation around the world.
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Launch of the Great Zimbabwe Development Project.
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Statement on International Museums Day 2022 by the Executive Director Dr. G. Mahachi.
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As per International Committee of Museums regulations as well as National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe tradition, the public will be offered gratis entrance into our national museums.
The Chief Curator for National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe, K. T. Chipunza presenting on the documentation of Monuments at the ongoing workshop on Documentation of Collections at Risk.
Workshop on Documentation of Collections at Risk
i. To gather inputs from targeted museum Curators and technical staff in use of a Collections Management System (CMS)
ii. Provide archival processing (rearrangement, description/ cataloguing, including photo documentation of collection) for overall knowledge and control of the collections at risk.
iii. Establish protocols for granting access to and use of the collection.
iv. Create a digital catalogue that meets ICOM Standards.
v. To improve the documentation system from the current manual cataloguing to digital format.
vi. Share and benefit from diverse stakeholder experiences
Meg Riggs, Public Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy in Zimbabwe stresses a point during the ongoing workshop on Documentation of Collections at Risk at the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences.
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The Shona Karanga Village located at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, is an ethnographic depiction of continuing traditional lifestyles since the Great Zimbabwe period to present day. It offers a general representation of the dynamic Shona Culture and traditional practices in such aspects as architecture, social, economic and political practices, education and entertainment, performing arts, fine arts, crafts and traditional healing. The Shona Village is helping people locally and from across the globe to understand and appreciate our national culture.
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23 - 25 November at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
UNESCO will celebrate a significant victory in the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural objects when one of the oldest literary works in history, the 3,500-year-old Gilgamesh Tablet, is formally handed back to Iraq by the United States of America at a ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC this Thursday, September 23rd.
In addition to this exceptional piece, in July, the US Government facilitated the voluntary repatriation of 17,000 artefacts to Iraq which were discovered to have been looted in recent decades.
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CONDOLENCE MESSAGE BY THE MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE HONOURABLE KAZEMBE KAZEMBE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF ZIMBABWE FOLLOWING THE PASSING ON OF MR IVAN MURAMBIWA
The untimely death of Ivan Munhamu Murambiwa (Director National Archives of Zimbabwe) on 7 August 2021 has robbed the nation and the archaeological and archival profession of a devout professional who served his Government and Ruling Party diligently.
Sadly, Mr Murambiwa’s death comes at a time in which the Department had successfully completed various flagship programmes under the National Heritage front which anchored the Ministry’s deliverables under the 100 Day projects.
Born on 20 October 1965 in Chivhu, Mr Murambiwa attended Unyetu and Rujeko Primary Schools in Chivhu. He subsequently attended Dangamvura High School in Mutare and Chinhoyi High School in Mashonaland West Province.
Following his natural passion for history, Mr Murambiwa, enrolled for a BA Honours in History which he completed in 1987.In 1990, Mr Murambiwa won the coveted Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship whilst in 1991 he was also recognised as a fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Society in 1991 exhibiting his prowess. He also underwent a Master of Philosophy in (Heritage Management) from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge (UK), which he completed in 1991.
He joined the Public Service in 1988 as a Historian at Mutambara Mission School until 1989. Having showcased his profound passion in Heritage Management, Mr Murambiwa subsequently joined our sister Research Centre and Heritage Institution, the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) where he worked in various capacities including inter-alia, Curator of Archaeology, Heritage Programme Coordinator and Regional Director for the Eastern Region (Manicaland) between 1997 to 2000. In February 2000, Mr Murambiwa’s illustrious works and immense contribution to the heritage profession led to his promotion to Director Post at a prime age of 35, a post he held until his untimely death on 07 August 2021.
Among several notable achievements under his Directorship, the Late Ivan Munhamu Murambiwa saw the following accomplishments to fruition:
• Listing of the Nehanda/Kaguvi trial transcripts on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
• He was an Advocate for Records and Archives Management programmes in Tertiary Institutions where he championed Records and Archives Management programmes at several Research Centres countrywide.
• Under his able Leadership he spearheaded the repatriation of Cabinet Records from South Africa among the various nation’s migrated archives.
• Through exploration of Private Public Partnerships, a continual clarion call by the Second Republic, the National Archives of Zimbabwe partnered with United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Federation Internationale Des Archives de Television (/ The International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT)/ IFTA and the Swiss Embassy in the digitisation of a rare film collection of unique film collection on the African Continent.
• Among several publications which he partnered and solely published are high-profile periodicals and journals such as the National Archives of Zimbabwe 75 @ 30 and Philatelic Treasures of the National Archives of Zimbabwe among a raft of Internationally Published Articles.
• Ivan also held International and Regional significant positions within the Archival and Museum Fraternity which include inter alia, twice election as such from 2001 to 2003 and 2015-2017 respectively as ESARBICA President and Executive Board member of the International Council on Archives (ICA).
• Mr Murambiwa steered the ship in Preservation and Disaster Preparedness, (ICA) programme Commission (2007-2008) and Fund for the International Development of Archives (FIDA) Trustee (2013-2017) in International Archives Management
• He was a diligent part-time Lecturer in the Records and Archives Management Department at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). He was also a Part-Time Lecturer in the History Department of the University of Zimbabwe.
• He ably led the National Archives of Zimbabwe to successfully launch the Community Archives at Arcturus High School in Mashonaland East, Girls High School in Harare, Mbungo Zion Christian Church in Masvingo. He unfortunately passed on before the launch of the Zvishavane Community Archives in the Midlands Province which he was passionate about. All these milestones under his leadership are in tandem with the Vision 2030 trajectory that of leaving no one behind in development.
• He pioneered and coordinated a National project entitled Capturing a Fading National Memory” which aimed at documenting liberation war history from grass root levels. He together with Dr Mahachi his long-time professional colleague and Executive Director for National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe. The duo successfully interviewed the Seating President for the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Dr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa in the collection, preservation and provision of access to his liberation war heritage. This Interview is ably preserved at the National Archives of Zimbabwe.
• In his bid to promote social cohesion and unifying the whole nation he pioneered the One Nation, One Zimbabwe Project that aimed at documenting the history of the under documented to fill in archival gaps to ensure the voices of the marginalised are visible and to bridge the gap on same to remove all silences in the archives.
• Ivan was an Instrumental Resource in the Cabinet Committee on Place Names as he sat on the Technical Committee on same, to immensely contribute to the building up of archival information in line with the Alterations Act which is housed in the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works.
Through his career he has been Member of The Bulawayo Centenary Celebrations Committee, Secretary General SADC Association of Museums and Monuments (SADCAMM), Co-Chairperson Chikomba Development Association, Audit Committee Member for the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works and Non-Executive Director for the Rainbow Tourism Group. He was also a Board Member for the National Building Society (NBS) under the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.
On behalf of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage; National Archives of Zimbabwe and its line Departments we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to Clarah his spouse, his 5 Children and 4 grandchildren not forgetting his mother Ambuya Dorcas Murambiwa. To the Makwapula and Mukarakate families, the entire nation and the profession at large we say Let us celebrate a family well mentored, a life well lived, a profession well fulfilled and a legacy that will forever be remembered.
Fly High Hungwe, Chasura Chati Bwege, Maoko Mavi. Rest In Power our Archival Par excellence, Our Archival Giant!
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*Historical monuments take shape*
Tuesday 17 August 2021
HISTORICAL monuments are slowly taking shape across the country as President Mnangagwa walks the talk on shaping the country’s narrative through cultural projects.
This comes as the country recently celebrated its 41st Heroes Day anniversary where heroes, living or departed, were honoured through various awards in recognition of their service.
Soon another monument for First Chimurenga hero General Mtshane Khumalo, who commanded the Imbizo Regiment, under King Lobengula, that defeated the Allan Wilson Patrol at the Battle of Pupu on 10 December, 1893, will be unveiled with work at 90 percent complete. It also comes as President Mnangagwa, early this year, unveiled the statue of First Chimurenga war heroine Mbuya Nehanda.
Apart from the Pupu Memorial Site, work is also in progress at a shrine in Gutu with similar projects having been lined up elsewhere in the country, said the executive director of National Monuments and Monuments of Zimbabwe, Dr Godfrey Mahachi.
“We are currently working on the Chinhoyi 7 monument, we have done most of the works, there is a field museum, and presently we are in the process of completing ablution facilities. Our bigger plan is to have visitor’s facilities. In Masvingo, Gutu, work is 95 percent complete at Kamagumo Assembly point which is associated with the massacre of over 100 people. We have set up the interpretive panels to tell the Zimbabwe story,” said Dr Mahachi.
The monuments that are part of the Second Republic’s Vision 2030 also demonstrate the work ethic of President Mnangagwa who has brought a new governance culture through his philosophy “Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo’’ coupled with development that leaves no one behind.
“We have made strides towards honouring the heroes and heroines of the First and Second Chimurenga. The Mbuya Nehanda Statue was erected and now towers over Harare’s Central Business District. The memorialisation of our liberation battle sites, shrines, and restriction camps is ongoing in various parts of the country.
“At the continental level, the construction of the Museum of African Liberation has started. The museum will ensure the documentation, protection, and preservation of the history of African liberation struggles and help the celebration of the Continent’s achievements,” the President said in his address last week.
Among heroes and heroines that the country will honour are Sekuru Kaguvi, Chaminuka, Mkwati, Queen Lozikeyi Khumalo, Chinengundu, Mashayamombe, Mgandani Dlodlo, Chiwashira, Muchecheterwa, Chingaira Makoni, and Mapondera, who are all heroes and heroines of First Chimurenga.
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