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Ntombovuyo Tywakadi

Iziko Museums of South Africa

Collections Assistant

Country: South Africa


Ntombovuyo holds a BA in Anthropology, Psychology and Language and Communication Studies. She is a self-motivated collections assistant in the Social History Department at Iziko Museums of South Africa. Ntombovuyo has an Office Administration certificate and more than 10 years of experience in museums, acquiring skills in Collections Management, conservation, supervising contract workers and interns, and working with the public. Her goals include becoming a Collections Manager or Curator of collections as she would like to continue working actively with museum collections. Ntombovuyo has undertaken training in house at her museum and through the ITP.

In her role as Museum Collections Assistant: Social History Unit at Iziko Museums of South Africa (an Agency of Department of Arts and Culture) her duties include; handling and cleaning museum artifacts: record keeping digitized lists, catalogue cards: logos-flow database: accessioning new acquisition (Listing, numbering, tagging, photography): packing collections for storage and exhibitions: contributing to quarterly reports: basic digital photography: principles of safety and security of collections: being physically fit and able to carry heavy objects: retrieve objects for exhibitions, loans and research: mentor and coach collections staff (contract workers and interns).

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2016, Ntombovuyo was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and her partner placement was spent at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Ntombovuyo’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Customs in South Africa: a Significance of Totemism to Kin Groups.

Ntombovuyo’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by Lady Keswick.

Legacy Projects
In December 2017 Ntombovuyo attended the ITP+ course on Photography and Documentation. In a workshop spread over a 5 day period, fellows attended seminars, creative workshops, hands-on sessions and practical working groups with colleagues from the British Museum. The aim of the course was to further the professional development and reconnect the alumni from the summer programme.