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Paul Michael

National Museum of Tanzania

Education Officer

Country: Tanzania

ITP Year: 2012


Paul is a museum education officer at the National Museum of Tanzania. In his role he develops programmes for education-based institutions visiting the museum. This involves sourcing and collating information to create handouts and museum guides for different audiences. Paul enjoys developing and experimenting with new methods and techniques in order to enhance education programmes in museums. As well as creating education programmes, Paul works with the public by conducting guided tours for visitors. Paul is part of a very small team at his museum and therefore takes on other responsibilities where possible.

Paul has completed a master’s degree in Education Curriculum Development and Teaching.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2012, Paul was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and his partner placement was spent at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

In 2012, an element of the programme was a series of presentations, in which groups of participants presented a 10-minute illustrated talk, prompted by the task to consider a new display at the British Museum. Paul’s exhibition project proposal, working with his colleague Ishaq Mohammad Bello (Nigeria), was entitled The game with many names.

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

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 5 (2018), Learning and engagement: Learning and engagement at the National Museum of Tanzania