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Saadu Hashim Rashid

National Museums of Kenya

Coordinator and Training Manager

Country: Kenya


As training manager Saadu is responsible for the Heritage Training Institute, a new programme run by National Museums of Kenya. In this role Saadu is developing and implementing training programmes on museums and heritage management for local county governments, in order to develop partnerships and form a useful network. Previously, she was the Acting Principal Curator at Fort Jesus WHS from 2013 to 2017- the first female curator for this world heritage site since it was listed as a national monument in 1958.

Through the training programmes Saadu also hopes to develop links between museums and the local community, for example by implementing short courses for the general public. Other courses to note include Swahili language, Handicrafts and developing a research project in Swahili studies.

Day to day activities include managing the institute, addressing visitor and general public enquiries and fundraising both locally and internationally.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2012, Saadu was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the America’s and her partner placement was spent at Birmingham Museums Trust.

Saadu’s exhibition project proposal was entitled The Messages in African Textiles and her place on the ITP was supported by the Folkwang Museum, Essen.

Legacy Projects
In November 2015 Saadu attended the ITP Mumbai Workshop Creating Museums of World Stories. The workshop was held at CSMVS and was attended by many ITP fellows from different years and countries, UK partners and British Museum Colleagues. In her project group in Mumbai, Saadu worked on an exhibition concept entitled Untold Connections, focusing on the city of Bhopal in India.

In November 2017 Saadu attended the MA conference in Manchester with fellows from India, Palestine and South Africa. Saadu also attended sessions on temporary exhibitions and permanent display at UK partners Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum as well as the People’s History Museum.