Field and river

20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20)
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

"Regional and Global Ethiopia - Interconnections and Identities"
1-5 October, 2018

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Nina MELCHERS, Society for the Promotion of Museums in Ethiopia

In October 2015 the Wukro Museum opened its doors to the public after six years of intensive cooperation between Ethiopian and German partners on very many levels and in a multitude of fields.The paper will give an overview of the genesis of the museum in its three phases; I will introduce the partners and discuss the decision making processes, the successes and the failures or better: lessons learned. At the very beginning there is the decision for the establishment in Wukro, a small town in Tigrai, and it continues with the development of the museum concept, the architectural design, the cost sharing and financial agreements, the construction and supervision process for the buildings. Parallel to and after the construction phase the inner life of the museum was developed, that is the conservation of the objects and the exhibition design, with new partners from Ethiopian and German universities, workshops and companies on board, on local as well as national levels.Now that the Wukro Museum has been running successfully for two years, the cooperation continues in fields like capacity building, networking and promotion.