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Matsosane Emely Molibeli

Department of Culture, Lesotho

Director of Culture

Country: Lesotho

ITP Year: 2017


Matsosane is currently working at the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture, under the Department of Culture. In 2018 she was promoted from the role of Principal Curator to Director of Culture, where she is responsible for overseeing the mandate of the Department of Culture which is to protect both the tangible and intangible heritage of Lesotho for present and future generations. She is currently overseeing the construction of a new National Museum, and the exhibitions that will be displayed there.

Matsosane holds a Master’s degree in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. With her background in museum studies, she has had the opportunity to engage in a number of museum and exhibition projects. She facilitated the development of an exhibition at Ha Baroana which showcased rock art paintings. She also worked as a supervisor and coordinator during the development of Thaba Bosiu National Monument (site museum), renowned for its rich cultural heritage.

Since 2008 she has enjoyed taking part in the development of the nomination dossier for the Sehlabathebe National Park, given World Heritage status in 2013. This is now part of an extended site in South Africa known as Maloti Drakensberg Park.

Matsosane is now working as the overseer of the big project in Lesotho, the establishment of the Lesotho National Museum and Art Gallery. In her role as the Director of Culture she is mandated to coordinate all aspects geared towards protection and management of both tangible and intangible heritage of the country working in partnership with other institutions.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme 2017, Matsosane was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and spent her partner placement at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums in Newcastle.

In 2017 participants were asked to develop a proposal for an Asahi Shimbun Display – a temporary exhibition in Room 3 at the British Museum – based around a ‘spotlight’ object.  Matsosane worked with fellow Hafnidar (Head of Museum Education and Collection, Aceh Museum, Indonesia) on her exhibition proposal project, entitled The Royal Touch: Basotho Blankets and Identity.

Matsosane’s participation on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Aall Foundation.

Legacy Projects
In 2018 Matsosane participated in the ITP MA Conference programme in Belfast. With fellows from Egypt, Kenya and Turkey, Matsosane attended a programme structured around National Museums Northern Ireland and the 3 day MA Conference on Dissent: inspiring hope, embracing change.