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Doctor Anne-Marie Deisser

Nationality: Belgium

Year: 2004

Subject Area: Arts and Humanities

The funding that I had received from Wingate Scholarships allowed me to conduct research for my PhD which investigates local and institutional partnership in the conservation of cultural heritage. The funding allowed me to travel and live in Ethiopia and in Kenya where I studied conservation local practices through the analysis of three case studies of the conservation of movable, immovable and natural heritage (Ankober, Ethiopia; Thimlich Ohinga, Kenya; the Sacred Forests of coastal Kenya).

Research and career development
- Consultant for the Ankober Eco-Tourism Project (Ethiopia) with the task to provide a condition assessment of their collection of artefacts and to advise on the creation of a local museum.
- Consultant for the National Museums of Kenya in partnership with the European Commission and the University of Nairobi, with the task to train museum professionals in preventive conservation and to undertake a condition assessment of the Museum ethnographic collection.

List of publications:
- DEISSER, A. & ABUBAKER, Z. (2005) Illicit traffic and preventive conservation: the Ankober project. IN LITTLE, T., GITONGA, L. & ABUNGU, L. (Eds.) AFRICOM 1st General Assembly and Conference, Museums in Africa Challenges for the 21st Century.29 September to 1 October 2003, Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi, AFRICOM, 125-128.
- DEISSER, A. (2005) Condition assessment report: the ethnographic collections at the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi. Nairobi, European Commission-National Museums of Kenya.
- WAHOME, E. & DEISSER, A. (2006) The Karen Blixen house: the challenges associated with the conservation of historic buildings and collections. Africa Habitat Review, 1, (1), 17-28.
- DEISSER, A. (forthcoming). Ethiopian movable cultural heritage: preserving the collection from the Medhanale Church. London, Archetype.