Matsosane Emely Molibeli
Department of Culture, Lesotho
Director of Culture
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. She holds a Masters 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 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.
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.
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.