Morija Museum & Archives, as a premier heritage institution doing both research and publications in Lesotho, is also routinely involved in providing consultancies on a range of issues, tailored to meet the needs of clients.
Key subject areas include: heritage management, cultural and religious practices, historical issues, artifacts and tangible heritage, design of exhibitions.
Consultancies Conducted by Morija Museum & Archives
Heritage and Tourism Component of EIA for Kobong Pump-Storage Dam – 2012
Identification of archaeological and heritage sites within area to be impacted by
construction, including gathering oral histories, archival research, assessment of existing
heritage and tourism potential and providing recommendations.
Lets’eng Diamond Mine Kholo Project – 2012
Assess potential impact on heritage resources of power-line extension from Khukhune
to ‘Muela, as well as impact on southern area of Lets’eng Diamond Mine. Study was
expanded to include recommendations for a mining museum, and included collection of
oral history from individual diggers at Lets’eng during 1960s and testimony from others
who worked during the Rio Tinto and DeBeers periods, as well as scans of photographs
and other publications that illustrate the history of the mine from its discovery in 1957
through the 1980s.
Thaba-Bosiu, Rehabilitation of the National Monument – 2011
Conducted study to determine major heritage features on mountain and settlement for
the purpose of developing sign-posting, markers; also rehabilitation of graves, provision
of ablution facilities, control of invasive poplars, etc.
Thaba-Bosiu, Rehabilitation of the National Monument: Historical Component – 2011
Archival study, plus conducted face to face interviews to provide extensive background
material for purposes of presentation and interpretation regarding chronology of events
at Thaba-Bosiu from 1824 to modern period. Compiled lists of influential persons close
to Moshoeshoe, lists of his wives, lists of regiments (mephato), description of social
structures, musical instruments, lithoko tsa Moshoeshoe, and related illustrations and
Scoping Exercise for Wind-farm Project – 2011
Scoping exercise on the heritage component regarding a proposed wind-farm project in
the Lesotho Highlands.
Metolong Dam II as part of Cultural and Heritage Resource Management – 2010
Conducted research to determine early settlement patterns in Phuthiatsana River
basin from 17th century to 1900, with intensive focus on greater Metolong/upper
Lesotho Lowlands Water Supply II – 2010
Survey of reservoir/tank sites in Zones 1-3 and 6-8 (over 30 sites) for heritage material,
Lesotho Lowlands Water Scheme I – 2009
Survey of 30+ sites for LLWS reservoirs/tanks in Zones 4/5 for archaeological/ heritage
Metolong Dam I – 2009
Collect oral evidence regarding the history of Ha Makoanyane and submitted
recommendations regarding steps to mitigate damage to iron age ruins; also
incorporated ruins within proposed Interpretive Centre. Evaluated possible evidence
for cultural assets, graves etc. within area of proposed Water Treatment Works, and
commenced gathering background information on settlement and land use over time in
the Ha Sekantsi/Ha Makoanyane area.
Botšabelo Leper Settlement Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) – 2009
Site survey (for archaeological/heritage material) on two sites ear-marked for
development within Botšabelo, gathering of historical information re layout and design
of historic leper settlement, possible preservation and interpretation of these assets.
EU Local Governance and Non-State Actors Support Programme (LGNSP) Chieftainship Study (Leribe, BB, Mokhotlong) – 2009
Served as reference group member to assist with documentation, historical accuracy
(development of chieftainship/local government structures), input/evaluation at
Stakeholder Workshop, and input regarding final report.
Evaluation of Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL) – 2007
Reviewed the progress of the implementation of the 2005-2007 Strategic Plan.
Interviews were conducted with CCL staff, management, commission members,
stakeholders as well as interviews/group discussions at district level, especially in the
Qacha’s Nek, Mafeteng and Butha-Buthe location.
National Cultural Heritage Strategy – 2007
Research was carried out as the basis for the planning exercise, followed by a number of
Stakeholder Workshops at which intensive discussions and group work were carried out
to give shape to a larger strategic plan.
ComMark – 2006
Research/writing project to produce a guidebook for the Chinese community in Lesotho
(especially those in the textile factories) so that members of the community could
understand local Basotho culture, and thus interact and assimilate more easily. The 70
page guide-book was called A Practical Handbook for Expatriate Residents & Newcomers to Lesotho.
Kao Diamond Mine – 2006
Developed an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the new diamond mine.
This project required that marked and unmarked graves at Kao be moved in order to
make way for mining and related activities. MMA staff carried out public participation
exercises (pitsos and household survey of affected families), researched the
circumstances around the deaths of those in unmarked graves, identified some of those
graves, worked with the community to carry out ritual exercises to move the remains
(or the ‘symbolic’ remains) of those who had perished to a new grave site that had been
agreed to by all concerned (or to family grave sites outside of the affected area). In total,
about 50 graves were affected.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Thaba-Bosiu Cultural Village Project – 2006
This project involved Archaeological Surveys, Inventory of Cultural and Heritage Assets
and recommendations for the Promotion of Community-based Tourism, Household
Survey & Public Participation Program and Stakeholder Workshops.
For more information on consultancies: contact the Curator, Stephen Gill.