Stories wanted

SSS invites the public

28 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Nadine Phiri; Swakopmund Museum curator; “I believe that every story is worth telling.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]


The Swakopmund museum is known for telling extraordinary stories from times long forgotten.

The Scientific Society Swakopmund (SSS) wants to take a fresh approach to their annual Heritage Week hosted in collaboration with the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) and the COSDEF Arts and Crafts Centre in Swakopmund.

Assistant curator at the Swakopmund Museum, Nadine Phiri, says the theme which focuses on cultural resistance in the global Covid-19 pandemic, calls for ordinary stories in an extraordinary time.

“We want people’s stories. There are obviously negatives, but we want to look into the positives that have come out of this situation. We have heard of someone who quit drinking due to the prohibition of alcohol in this time. I believe that every story is worth telling.”

Phiri said that the SSS is currently creating a “Story Box” that will give interested parties a place to leave their stories, adding that there are also other platforms available for the submission of stories.

“They can email stories to me at [email protected] or even reach the museum on social media. The stories will reach and find me.”

Those who would like to submit their stories anonymously, may do so. However, Phiri asks that submissions should contain a name and contact information for research purposes.

“The focus is to share hope. We want to bring solidarity and unity; we need each other right now.”

The exhibition will open during Heritage Week that is slated for 21 to 27 September 2020, and could potentially be kept going for approximately a month.

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