African-Swedish Museum Network

Africom. International Council of African Museums
In English and French. "Fighting against the illicit traffic in cultural property remains one of AFRICOM's major priorities." Has a directory of museums in Africa. Published the Handbook of Standards Documenting African Collections (1996). Issues of AFRICOM News are online. Based in Nairobi, Kenya. [KF]

District Six Museum
The South African museum's site seeks "to ensure that the history and the memory of forced removals in South Africa endures.....its mission is the documentation and imaginative reconstruction of the history, labouring life and cultural heritage of the District Six community." Has a background to the museum, history of the church, etc.

Ecole du Patrimoine Africain
In French and English. A university institution with intra-African responsibility to provide training and research in the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. Offers BA and MA degrees, seminars for museum directors. Issues of their Newsletter are online. Hosts the web site of the Musee Historique d'Abomey, hosted an exhibit on the national flag. Has a fund-raising New York affiliate, Friends of African Heritage. Based in Porto-Novo, Bénin with an office in Libreville, Gabon. [KF]

Huguenot Society of South Africa (Franschhoek, South Africa)
Concerns the history of the French Huguenots who settled at the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th century. They maintain the Huguenot Monument and Museum in Franschhoek. Has a list of Huguenot surnames, links to family pages such as the Viljoen Family. [KF]

International Council of Museums, ICOM
ICOM, based in Paris, was created in 1946 and has 13,000 members in 145 countries. ICOM's International Committee for Documentation has a site, in English and French, with the email and web addresses of many African museums and galleries. There are links to non-African museums with African collections and a section African programmes of international organisations with information related to African museums such as UNESCO's World Heritage Centre.
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Mus?e Historique d'Abomey
In French and English. Includes a history of kingdoms and kings in Dahomey (Benin), their geneaology, the museum collections, architecture, a bibliography, a page on the Amazons (women warriors), the creation and history of the famous appliques cloth, a children's section (includes Fon stories, songs, proverbs). Has some great postcards to send (a nice idea for students learning French). [KF]

Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale/Royal Museum for Central Africa
Site of the well-known museum in Tervuren, Belgium.  Information on programs, exhibitions, publications, their Metafro InfoSys, "an on-line Web-based information system about the Belgian data resources related to Central Africa, including Angola, Burundi and Rwanda."

National Natural History Museum, Arusha
This museum is one of the museums comprising the National Museums of Tanzania. Includes information on Arusha, its human evolution exhibits, its ecotourism program with the Swedish-African Museum Program.

Robben Island -
Covers history from the 1600s to the 1900s, apartheid, prisoners, Nelson Mandela, flora/fauna, tour information, related links.

Robben Island Museum
Robben Island was established as a National Monument and a National Museum by the Cabinet of the South African Government September 1996. Information on tours, history, exhibitions, Artists-in-Residency programme, the geology, etc.

South African Museums Association
SAMA was established in 1936. Code of ethics. Holds a national conference. Full text of a newsletter & bulletin.

Swedish African Museum Program
"...a network joining museums in Sweden and in African countries." Includes full text reports, the cooperating African / Swedish partners, papers from their 1998 Stockholm conference on traditional medicine and conservation, traditional pest management in food production, indigenous crop conservation, the Village Museum, Dar es Salaam, and other topics. Has a discussion list, SAMP-L.

The Sukuma Museum (Mwanza, Tanzania)
Describes the revival of Sukuma traditional arts and culture taking place among traditional doctors, chiefs, artists, and dancers. Covers history, politics, and religion in Usukuma, Sukuma dancing, dance societies and ties to Denmark, healing practices, chiefs and royal history, a history and tour of the Sukuma Museum. Has many photographs including historical photos. By Mark and Aimee Bessire. M. Bessire was a Fulbright Fellow and Consusltant to the Museum.

West African Museums Program
In English and French. Promotes / develops West African museums and cultural institutions. Publishes monographs, the WAMP Bulletin. Has a directory of museums in West Africa (see under Partners), links to Africa-related museum sites. Based in Dakar, Senegal.