Botswana Cultural Property soon to be protected

Botswana Government through The Botswana National Museum is  facilitating  the ratification of three conventions: namely :1970 Convention on the means of prohibiting and prevention and fight against illicit import, export and transfer of cultural property.1995 UNIDROIT convention on the restitution and return of cultural objects to countries of origin.1954 Hague Convention and its protocols, -advocates for the protection of cultural property in case of armed conflict, which might also extend to natural disasters. The Botswana National Museum made commitment to facilitate ratification at a UNESCO workshop in Namibia in 2011.As a follow up to this commitment, the department submitted a proposal to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris/France to fund the ratification exercise and 26 000 Euro has so far been allocated for the ratification exercise through the UNESCO Participation Programme.
In June, 2012, the National Museum conducted a sensitization workshop for stakeholders who have in turn…

Why the Okavango Delta must be a World Heritage site


Why the Okavango Delta deserves World Heritage Nomination

Within Botswana landscapes lies a green  oasis,  inland Delta estimated  half the size of Belgium,  making it  Africas largest delta. It has permanent swamps approximately half the size of 6000 km2 Additionally it has 7000, 12000km of seasonal flooded grassland.It has permanent crystal clear waters with a sustainable ecosystem of remarkable habitat and diverse species. In world heritage terms, this area has outstanding values both naturally and culturally.
The Okavango is exclusively unique as it originates from the Angolan Highlands, makes two rivers namely Cuito and Cubango which join to form the 15000 km long Kavango, flows briefly in Namibia along Caprivi Strip before it enters in Botswana, where it is called the Okavango Delta.
Botswana through the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism is vying to  list this unique, magnificent feature to share it with the rest of the world.After  much  thorough research by all stakeholders  including communities  involved a well written…

Mogonye Gorges set to become a heritage site of repute

A true initiative with participation of Mogonye community and National Museum to raise funds for the development of Mogonye gorge and its heritage trail.The initiative is a welcome development indeed.The sponsors included BSB workers, Onbord magazine, information sysytem, Senn Foods, mahube Express, Gantsi Beef, tebelopele, Bofwa.

Please they had cups

Well, at any given time there are many different standards of ethics around the world, depending on where you are. The main thing to know is that ethics are winding down, things are getting less ethical, and they are developing into something worse. Cups manufactured by traditional methods versus the modern ones? from ethnographic collections

How they see us

Artists to give Bonnington silos facelift
LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI Correspondent  from Mmegi Newspaper
The National Museum and Monuments, in collaboration with the Department of Youth and Thapong Arts Centre, has commissioned local artists to paint murals on the silos located at the Bonnington farm. The Bonnington farm is located in Block 5 near the Grand Palm Hotel. The silos are visible along the Gaborone-Molepolole road. The murals will depict the history of the farm.National Museum and Monuments deputy director Steve Mogotsi said the Bonnington silos are considered to be a national monument.Mogotsi said their future plan is to turn the farm into an open-air museum. He said they could also exhibit the agro-related implements, which are stored in the silos. If funds are available, they also intend to rebuild the farmhouse and convert the it into a mini museum. Another possible addition could be a coffee shop. The mini museum could be used as a place where people could gather for relaxat…

Enlivening our values

Sorry for blog posting delay. Its mainly server challenges. there is a lot that has happened notably a month long  trip to 100 monuments by a consortium of 6 researchers each made of a botanist, ethno-historian, archeologist, a geologist, endermotologist and a film photographer.It was huge covering most part of Botswana and we are all confident it will bear fruit.This is a movement to make communities earn from their heritage, wala

An exhibition themed, Enlivening our values was no doubt a resounding success. The comments by visitors at the exhibition show the outstanding creativity of the curatorial team that worked tirelessly to put this up.It coincided with International Museum Day entittled, Museum and Social Harmony.

Okavango Delta is making headlines around the world, no wonder its being listed on World Heritage Listing. And its done here at the Museum.As of now we are working around the clock through the Director of course to consult communities around the area.

This week Mmeg…