5th Regional Course on the Conservation and Management of Immovable Cultural
Place: Mombasa, Kenya Dates: 25 Sept. – 14 Nov. Partner: Programme For Museums Development in Africa (PMDA), National
Museums Of Kenya (NMK)
Course Aim and Objectives: The aim of the course was to bring together
a group of African heritage professionals to work towards the creation of
a greater awareness of the most important issues in the area of conservation
planning and management. The main objectives were to:
give participants the tools to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of
a given immovable cultural heritage place and its management system;
develop appropriate and realistic solutions, taking into account the
examine some of the issues facing conservation of immovable
cultural heritage at the national level, with the aim of introducing
gradually, the most relevant
approaches within the participants’ home organizations.
Structure: In terms of content the course was divided into two broad
Introduction to Heritage Management Issues: Themes in this section were
designed as miniature workshops dealing with specific issues in the management
of immovable heritage. The aim was to introduce participants to some of the
current issues pertaining to heritage conservation and management on the
sub-continent. One of the new topics introduced during the course was HIV/AIDS
The Management Planning Process: This involved eight weeks
of hands-on site management planning. The aim was to build up among
the necessary skills for the development of simple, appropriate, and
realistic management plans for immovable heritage sites. This year
worked on two related sites, Shimoni Village and Shimoni Sacred Cave.
The first comprises the village with its historical structures associated
the colonial occupation, and the other is a cave and forest associated
with the East African slave trade.
21 professionals from 17 countries successfully completed the training
including 8 women.
84% of the resource persons used for the course were
professionals from Africa including 7 women and 3 former course participants
7 previous participants (from 2001) were used as course assistants
including 3 women.
Draft management plans were developed for 2 sites
in Shimoni, Kenya
Reflections by the participants on the course themes
were developed and distributed. These will be available on the AFRICA
2009 web site.
Equipment and didactic material for the course were purchased
and left at PMDA.
Professionals and other stakeholders in Kenya benefited
from working on the management planning exercise and other course activities.
For more information on the course, see the final
report (Pdf 1,50