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/Dr Simbarashe Shadreck Chitima
Dr Simbarashe Shadreck Chitima

Position: Research Board Chairperson

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  • Doctor Of Philosophy in Museum Studies, Midlands State University
  • Master of Arts in Museum Studies, Midlands State University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education, Midlands State University 
  • Bachelor of Technology Honours Degree in Creative Art and Design-Specialisation in Curatorship, Chinhoyi University of Technology

Research Interests

  • Museum Collections Management,
  • Heritage Management, Heritage
  • Education, Museum Communication,
  • Museum Exhibition Design and Interpretation,
  • Visual Arts, Art Aesthetics,
  • Museum Management and Museums and Global Issues.


  • 2006-2007- Assistant Curator at the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe,
  • 2008-Freelance Curator and Exhibition Designer
  • 2009-2010-Teaching Assistant in the Department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museums Studies at Midlands State University,
  • 2010-2016-Assistant lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Midlands State University,
  • 2016-to date-Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Midlands State University.


  • Chitima, S.S (2015). Developing Sustainable Museums through ‘Greening’: A Case study of the Zimbabwe Military Museum. In Mawere, M., Chiwaura, H. And Thondhlana, T.P (eds). African Museums in the Making: Reflections on the Politics of Material and Public Culture in Zimbabwe. Bamenda: Langaa Research and Publishing. pp 223-246
  • Jagero, N., Chisedzi, W.K.T., Sithole, N. and Chitima, S.S. (2016). The Role of the Zimbabwean Museums in creating national identity during post colonial: A case of the Zimbabwe Military Museum. Multilingual Academic Journal of Education and Social Sciences, Vol 4, Issue 1, pp 57-69.
  • Chitima, S.S. and Mupira, P. (2017). ‘Disabled Access’: debating the accessibility of Zimbabwe national museums by people with disabilities. In Manyanga, M and Chirikure, S (eds). Archives, Places and Landscapes: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Decolonised Zimbabwean Pasts. Bamenda, Cameroon: Langaa Research and Publishing CIG, pp 355-378.
  • Chitima, S.S and Ishmael N. (2018). Incorporating indigenous knowledge in the control of Wahlberg bats at BaTonga Community Museum as a collections preservation measure. In Ngulube, P. (eds). Handbook of Research on Heritage Management and Preservation. IGI Global, pp 396-407.
  • Chitima, S.S. (2020). Epistemologies and learning: primary school pupils’ learning experiences at national museums in Zimbabwe. ICOM Education 29-Museum Education, ISSN 2709-8486, pp 233-245.
  • Chitima, S.S (2020). Teacher Influence on School Student Learning Outcomes at National Museums in Zimbabwe. The Museum Review, Vol 5 (1), pp 1-15.
  • Chitima, S.S. (2021). Negotiating the Decolonisation of National Museums in Zimbabwe. ICOM/ICOFORM, ISBN: 978-2-491997-28-1, Pp 67-70. 
  • Thondhlana, T.P., Chitima, S.S and Chirikure, S. (2021). Nation branding in Zimbabwe: Archaeological heritage, national cohesion, and corporate identities. Journal of Social Archaeology, DOI:10.1177/14696053211002699. pp 1-23.
  • Chitima, S.S (2021). Developing operational environments and educational activities for early childhood development students in museums. Museum Management and Curatorship, pp 1-19. 
  • Chitima, S.S. (2021). “Engines and Wagons”: The Challenges and Options of Conserving Railway Heritage. Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, pp. 1-18. ps://
  • Chitima, S.S. (2021). Reframing Attitudes and Habits: Strategies for Facilitating Learning in Museums Among Students with Disabilities. Theory and Practice: The Emerging Museum Professionals Journal, Vol 4 (1): pp 1-17. ISSN 2638-4159.
  • Chitima, S.S. (2022). Negotiating national identity in post-colonial Zimbabwe through a national dress. Nations and Nationalism, pp.1–16.
  • Chitima, S.S (2022). Colonial vestiges, difficult heritage, and the post-colony: Rescuing Ian Smith’s collections at the Gwenoro eco-museum, Shurugwi. In Thondhlana, T.P; Mataga, J., and Munjeri, D. (eds). Independent Museums and Culture Centres in Colonial and Post-Colonial Zimbabwe: Non State Players, Local Communities and Self Representation. Routledge: New York, pp 79-87.

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