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CHIPADZE RESTORATIONS BEGINS

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Restoration work at Chipadze National Monument begun in earnest on 9 September 2018 with a team
of archaeologists, Surveyors, stone masons and community members working round the clock to
restore the monument. The restoration works are focusing on one of the outer southern walls. The
monument formerly known as Harleigh Farm Ruins is a Zimbabwe-type monument in Rusape with well-
laid dry-stone walling. The involvement of the community in this project was buttressed by a $1000,00
donation from Mr MubvakureMubvakacha of Mubvakacha Farm in Headlands and the Chipunza
Chieftainship.

 

Restoration of the southern Terraces of Hill Complex at Great Zimbabwe(2018)

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The National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe is working on a project to restore collapsed walls on the southern terraces of the Hill Complex at Great Zimbabwe. The project is being held in collaboration with the Departments of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of Zimbabwe and Great Zimbabwe University. The objective of the project is to restore a section of a collapsed wall on the southern terraces of the Hill Complex. The process is carried out by professionally trained conservators who work hand in hand with local stone masons who have vast experience and knowhow in the conservation of the dry stone walled structures at Great Zimbabwe and other sites in southern Africa. In addition to the conservation work, the project team, led by Prof Shadreck Chirikure, Dr Munyaradzi Manyanga and Dr Tawanda Mukwende, is taking advantage of the restoration to systematically collect cultural material associated with the southern terraces so as to understand the lifeways of the people who inhabited the area. In addition, material culture such as charcoal and animal teeth will be used to get radiocarbon dates thus improving our understanding of the evolution of Great Zimbabwe as a state capital.

Another component of the project involves capacity building. In this regard, students from the Great Zimbabwe University are taking part with a view to exposing them to practical aspects related to drystone wall conservation, archaeological excavations and artefact studies.

Information obtained from this project will be used in the presentation of the site to include the southern terrace area as a way of expanding the visitor experience at the site.

International Museums Day Commemorations (2018)

This year, National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe will join the rest of the World in celebrating International Museums Day; under the theme: ‘Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics’. The theme is a clarion call to museums the world over to embrace the greatest computer mediated technologies as a new approach to reach the greatest number of people.

Calendar of events:

1st February to 22nd March, 2018: Primary Schools in all the country’s districts are having preliminary eliminating rounds of the Heritage Education Quiz Competitions in preparation for commemorating International Museums Day. Winners from these rounds will compete in the regional finals.

23rd March: All the five museum regions will be holding the Regional Quiz finals. Winners emerging from this round will proceed to the National Heritage Education Quiz Finals.

18th May, 2018: This year the International Museums Day Celebrations will be held at the Great Zimbabwe World Heritage Site on the 18th of May 2018 and the Quiz competitions, among many other activities; will be the highlight, conspicuous, enjoyable and memorable part of the event.

Please take note: We are all invited to come and participate in the activities of the day. This is a platform for the museum community members to come and mingle with the museum managers, curators and employees.

International Museums Day Commemorations (2018)

This year, National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe will join the rest of the World in celebrating International Museums Day; under the theme: ‘Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics’. The theme is a clarion call to museums the world over to embrace the greatest computer mediated technologies as a new approach to reach the greatest number of people.

Calendar of events:

1st February to 22nd March, 2018: Primary Schools in all the country’s districts are having preliminary eliminating rounds of the Heritage Education Quiz Competitions in preparation for commemorating International Museums Day. Winners from these rounds will compete in the regional finals.

23rd March: All the five museum regions will be holding the Regional Quiz finals. Winners emerging from this round will proceed to the National Heritage Education Quiz Finals.

18th May, 2018: This year the International Museums Day Celebrations will be held at the Great Zimbabwe World Heritage Site on the 18th of May 2018 and the Quiz competitions, among many other activities; will be the highlight, conspicuous, enjoyable and memorable part of the event.

Please take note: We are all invited to come and participate in the activities of the day. This is a platform for the museum community members to come and mingle with the museum managers, curators and employees.

International Museums Day Commemorations (19th of May 2017)

All roads lead to Mutare Museum on the 19 th of May 2017, to commemorate International Museums Day. On this day, museums throughout the world engage the public on a particular agreed theme that connote the role museums play as institutions that serve society and its development.

The theme chosen for 2017 is: “Museums and contested histories: saying the unspeakable in museums”. The event in Mutare and the activities will evolve around this theme. Five Primary Schools namely; John Cowie (Eastern Region), Cecil John Rhodes (Central Region), Gutu United (Southern Region), Mpumelelo (Western Region), and Warren Park 4 (Northern Region) will be fighting for top honours in the Heritage Education Quiz Competition for Primary Schools. These schools are the crème de la crème from their respective regions.

The activities lined up for the event include speeches; traditional dances; touring of a temporary exhibition; march by drum majorettes, the highlight being the Heritage Education Quiz for Primary Schools.

We are all invited!!!

International Museums Day Commemorations (19th of May 2017)

All roads lead to Mutare Museum on the 19 th of May 2017, to commemorate International Museums Day. On this day, museums throughout the world engage the public on a particular agreed theme that connote the role museums play as institutions that serve society and its development.

The theme chosen for 2017 is: “Museums and contested histories: saying the unspeakable in museums”. The event in Mutare and the activities will evolve around this theme. Five Primary Schools namely; John Cowie (Eastern Region), Cecil John Rhodes (Central Region), Gutu United (Southern Region), Mpumelelo (Western Region), and Warren Park 4 (Northern Region) will be fighting for top honours in the Heritage Education Quiz Competition for Primary Schools. These schools are the crème de la crème from their respective regions.

The activities lined up for the event include speeches; traditional dances; touring of a temporary exhibition; march by drum majorettes, the highlight being the Heritage Education Quiz for Primary Schools.

We are all invited!!!