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Published on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 10:06
The Museums Association of Namibia in partnership with the Embassy of Finland in Namibia and the Katutura Community Arts Centre (KCAC) on Wednesday 8 February 2017, launched a mobile exhibition about the history of migrant labour in Namibia.
The exhibition was launched by the Hon. Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, while her Excellency Anne Saloranta, the Ambassador of Finland in Namibia was also among the speakers at the event.
The exhibition will be mounted in the upstairs gallery of the KCAC which was formally the Kitchen and Canteen that served food to over 6,000 men who lived in the Katutura Contract Workers’ Compound. Entrance to the KCAC is off Hostel Road (after you turn right at the roundabout at the entrance to Katutura if you are driving from town).
MAN is encouraging people with memories of the migrant labour system to come to the exhibition to have their portraits taken and to tell their stories so that the exhibition might grow in the future. MAN hopes that the exhibition will encourage support for a Migrant Labour Museum. The museum could be housed in the remains of the old Migrant Workers’ Compound in Walvis Bay. MAN aims to make the exhibition available to schools as an education tool to raise awareness of workers’ history. One of the significant discoveries that was made during the research of the exhibition was a list of the names of sixteen South African workers who were killed during an industrial dispute at Wilhelmstal in 1910. The men were working on the railway line to the coast. It is hoped that this exhibition will make this and other forgotten stories better known.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 9am to 4pm from Thursday, 9th February to Friday, 17th February. The Museums Association of Namibia are encouraging local schools to book guided tours of the exhibition. Bookings can be made by ringing MAN on 061-302230 or sending an email to