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Solomy Nansubuga Nabukalu

Kabale Museum


Country: Uganda

ITP Year: 2018


As a curator, Solomy is responsible for interpreting artefacts from the museum collection for public engagement, and disseminates museum information to create public awareness of natural and cultural heritage. She collects data and specimens in specialised fields of cultural, artistic, scientific, technological, and ethnographical interest, and preserves and treats objects that have been selected for display.

Her day-to-day activities include managing the inventory and documentation of the museum collections, and receiving and conserving artefacts that have been acquired from the Kigezi community and repatriated from other countries. Currently, she is designing a catalogue booklet for the Kabale Regional Museum artefacts.

Previously, Solomy worked as a conservator at Kabale Museum where she was responsible for the storage, documentation, and preservation of artifacts, monuments, records, and books for southwestern regional cultural sites in Uganda. She coordinated with the relevant sections in different departments to ensure that information is obtained and properly utilized to inform decision making and policy for museum development.

Solomy has organised temporary exhibitions, cultural performances, talks and lectures to engage with local communities and enjoys guiding visitors around Kabale Museum.

She has also been collecting data on the museum’s audiences and works with researchers to ensure accessibility of all relevant data and information, necessary for strengthening tourism and cultural sectors in Uganda.

Solomy aimed to improve the collection care and access at Kabale Museum through her experiences on the International Training Programme and to develop a long-term action plan for the collections at the museum.

Solomy has a certificate in museum and heritage concept, customer care, collection, management and exhibitions. She has also completed a workshop and personal assignment on education.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme, Solomy will be based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and will spend her partner placement at Glasgow Museums.

In 2018 participants were asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition, drawing on their existing museum experience and the skills learnt during the programme.  Solomy worked with Namrata Sarmah (India) and Rafidah Bahari (Malaysia) on her Object in focus project, Guts & Eternal Glory.

Solomy’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Edith Murphy Foundation.

Legacy projects
In 2019, Solomy took part in the ITP+ Course on Museums and Education held at CSMVS Mumbai which focused on the vital role museums can play in education, learning and social development. The workshop was attended by ITP fellows from India, Malaysia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe as well as UK partners and British Museum colleagues.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 7 (2020), Bulletin Board
ITP Newsletter Issue 8 (2021) How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Kabale Regional Museum’s relationship with the local community
ITP Newsletter Issue 9 (2022) Tracing the Que-rator exhibition