Le décès de Joseph (Joe) Davidson Kweku Nkrumah

© Prof. Joe Nkrumah, DR
Genre : Cultural personnality death announcements
Principal country concerned : Column : Fine arts
Release/publication date : December 2009
Published on : 12/08/2009
Source : ICCROM / FCA Ghana

1939 - 2009

With degrees in Chemistry and Conservation Science and Cultural Anthropology, Nkrumah has worked and lectured in several prestigious institutions of heritage and culture in Africa, Europe and the United States. These include the British Museum, (London), the Louvre (Paris), the Prado (Madrid), the Uffizzi Gallery (Florence), the Library of Congress (Washington DC) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). Currently, the President of the Congress of Cultural Actors of West Africa, Nkrumah's career as a visiting Professor of Conservation Science has taken him to Conservation Centres such as Churubusco (Mexico City), University of Caracas (Venezuela), University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), State University of New York Centre for Conservation of Historic Works of Art (USA), Museum of Cultural History (South Africa), Calouste Gulbenbkian Foundation and Museums (Portugal) and the University of Budapest (Hungary). As a cultural anthropologist, Nkrumah has participated in numerous international conferences on various aspects of cultural development and population affairs. He has several publications to his credit and has treated,several masterpieces in conservation. He recently retired as the Conservator of the National Museums and Monuments Board in Accra.
(FCA Ghana)

Mr Nkrumah obtained degrees in cultural anthropology, chemistry, and conservation science, and was one of the first African professional to be involved in ICCROM activities when he undertook an internship from 1963 - 1964. This internship, one of four made available to ICCROM by the Italian Government, took him to a number of important conservation institutions in Rome such as the Central Institute for Restoration (now ISCR - Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro), the Vatican Museum, the Lateran Museum, Palazzo Venezia, and the National Museum of Oriental Art. During this period, he studied the conservation of a variety of materials such as bronze, ceramics, wood, ivory, fabrics, books and paper, photographs, and metals.

Following his internship in Rome, the same grant allowed him to further his studies in the National Museum of Switzerland, Zurich.

Over the years, Mr Nkrumah continued to collaborate with ICCROM as a lecturer within the PREMA 1990-2000 programme and on the Italian Architectural Conservation Course (ITARC). He also participated in a number of steering committee meetings within the AFRICA 2009 programme. Mr Nkrumah was an ICCROM Council Member from 1992 to 1993 and the representative of Ghana to the ICCROM General Assembly in 1988 and 1992.

Mr Nkrumah worked and lectured in several prestigious heritage institutions in Africa, Europe, and the United States, and was a passionate advocate for heritage conservation in Africa. He held several positions at the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board where he retired as Senior Conservator.



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