Independence Heroes Memorial Museum
THE COMMEMORATION OF OUR FALLEN INDEPENDENCE HEROES AND HEROINES HAS NOT BEEN CRITICALLY EPITOMISED WITHIN OUR NATION
. THERE HAS BEEN THE
DEVELOPMENT OF A GALLERY KNOWN AS
"HISTORIA YA KENYA
" WITHIN THE NAIROBI NATIONAL MUSEUM DEDICATED TO KENYAS GENERAL HISTORY
.
BEYOND THE GALLEREY ARE THE SMALLER MONUMENTS ERECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF KENYA TO HONOUR AND THE
NATIONAL HEROES AND HEROINES SOME LOCATED WITHIN THE THREE COMMEMORATIVE PARKS IN NAIROBI
:
CITY PARK, UHURU PARK AND UHURU GARDENS.
THERE IS THEREFORE A NEED TO CREATE A NATIONAL
, ICONIC AND SYMBOLICALLY SIGNIFICANT MONUMENT THAT COMMEMORTAES OUR FALLEN INDEPENDENCE
HEROES AND HEROINES
. THIS WOULD THEREFORE DEMAND A FUNCTIONAL MONUMENT THAT WOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS A MEMORIAL MUSEUM
....
COMMEMORATION
THROUGH ARCHITECTURE
...
THIS MONUMENT WOULD BE CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING A NATIONAL ICON
, A MEDIUM THROUGH WHICH OUR COMMUNITIES CAN LEARN AND
APPRECIATE THE NATIONS HISTORY
, A BEACON AND SYMBOL OF PEACE AND UNITY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME A PRESERVER OF THE NATIONS HERITAGE AND DIVERSE
CULTURES.
WITH ICONOGRAPHY BEING ONE OF THE CRITICAL DESIGN ELEMENTS IN MONUMENT DESIGN
, THE MUSEUM THEREFORE WOULD HAVE TO ADHERE TO THE SAME
PRINCIPLES.IN KENYA
,HOWEVER,
MUSEUM ARCHITECTURE HAS BEEN DOWNPLAYED WITH THE NAIROBI NATIONAL MUSEUM BEING THE ONLY MUSEUM IN KENYA THAT
WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED AND BUILT FOR THAT PURPOSE
.
THE CURRENT TREND IN MUSEUM ARCHITECTURE IN KENYA IS SUCH THAT SMALLER EXISTING RESIDENTIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED TO
GALLERIES FOR COLLECTIONS WITH NO ACTUAL DESIGN OF THE BUILT FORM TO SUITE THE MUSEUM FUNCTION
, LEADING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUSEMS SUCH AS
THE KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM
, KAPENGURIA MUSEUM
, KITALE MUSEUM ETC
.
THEREFORE THERE IS A NEED TO RE
- ESTABLISH THE PROFOUND IMPORTANCE OF THE MUSEUM INSTITUTION IN KENYA CONSIDERING ITS ONE OF THE VITAL ENTITIES
INVOLVED IN THE PRESERVATION OF THE NATIONS HERITAGE AS STIPULATED BY THE MINISTRY OF STATE FOR NATIONAL HERITAGE
&
CULTURE.
THUS THE MUSEUM
INSTITUTION SHOULD
, ON ITS OWN

, BE INSTRUMENTAL IN THE EPITOM

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