Jeremy Silvester, Director Museum's Association of Namibia



Jeremy Silvester, Director Museum's Association of Namibia


Making African Connections


We were extremely sad to hear about the death of Jeremy Silvester yesterday. We are very grateful to Jeremy for his support of the Making African Connections project over the last few years. When we began researching the Powell-Cotton Museum collection and realised how significant it was likely to be for Northern Namibian communities we contacted Jeremy and he was a helpful and enthusiastic supporter of our work. It was Jeremy who introduced us to Napandulwe Shiweda who is so central to Making African Connections that it is impossible to imagine the project without her contributions.
We had many interesting conversations with Jeremy about aspects of the Powell-Cotton collection such as the photographs taken in Northern Namibia and the diaries written by the sisters. Jeremy always pushed us to think more about how to increase access to the collections for Namibian audiences and researchers. His commitment to the museums of Namibia was inspiring and we are aware that we are one of a large number of researchers and curators who are indebted to him. He was very generous with his time and knowledge, and we will miss him greatly.
Notice from MAN:
It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Dr Jeremy Gale Silvester, much loved and respected Director of the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN), historian, freedom fighter, revolutionary and mentor who passed away this morning, 05 July 2021.

Jeremy was hospitalised with COVID-19 related complications for four weeks and received the best of care while we continued to pray and hope that he would recover.

We ask that you keep his family and close friends in your thoughts.

Jeremy was passionate about his work in Namibia and his contribution to Namibian History, Museums, and the Heritage, Arts, and Culture sector will be impactful for generations! Thank you for Making Museums Matter, Jeremy!

*Details pertaining to the a memorial event will be communicated in due course.


6 July 2021