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/Dr Simbarashe Shadreck Chitima (Senior Lecturer)
Dr Simbarashe Shadreck Chitima (Senior Lecturer)

Position: Chairperson

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Educational Qualifications

  1. Doctor of Philosophy in Museum Studies (MSU)
  2. Master of Arts in Museum Studies (MSU)
  3. Master of Science in Records and Archives Management (NUST)
  4. Post Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (MSU)
  5. Bachelor of Technology in Art and Design- Specialist in Curatorship (CUT)

Research Interest

  • 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.

Work Experience

  • 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.


  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Chitima, S.S. (2021). Negotiating the Decolonisation of National Museums in Zimbabwe. ICOM/ICOFORM, ISBN: 978-2-491997-28-1, Pp 67-70. 
  8. 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.
  9. Chitima, S.S (2021). Developing operational environments and educational activities for early childhood development students in museums. Museum Management and Curatorship, pp 1-19. 
  10. 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://
  11. 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.
  12. Chitima, S.S. (2021). Decolonization of Museum Education. International Council of Museums (ICOM), Vol 49 (2): pp 73-87.
  13. Chitima, S.S. (2022). Negotiating national identity in post-colonial Zimbabwe through a national dress. Nations and Nationalism, pp.1–16.
  14. 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.
  15. Chirikure, S., Ndoro, W., Chitima, S.S., Tevera, G. and Thondhlana, P. (2022). Colonial Statues in Post-Colonial Africa: Decolonizing the Narrative or Destroying the Heritage? In Abungu, G.O., and Ndoro, W. (eds). Cultural Heritage Management in Africa: The Heritage of the Colonized. Routledge: New York, pp 117-134.
  16. Chitima, S.S. (2022). Developing Effective Study Sheets as Vehicle for Learning in Museums. The Dyke, Vol 16 (1): pp 1-20.
  17. Chitima, S., Ndlovu, H., and Phiri, K. (2023). Records and Information Management in Pentecostal Churches in Zimbabwe. Mousaion: South African Journal of Information Studies, Vol 40 (3): pp 1-16.
  18. Chitima, S.S and Mmakola, N. (2023). “They prefer the museum in a more colourful outfit’: Perceptions of millennials towards Zimbabwe’s museums”. ICOFOM Study Series, Vol 50 (2): pp 44-55. DOI:
  19. Chitima, S.S and Dewah, P. (2023). The Records Management (RM) Capabilities of Lecturers at Midlands State University (MSU), Zimbabwe. Mousaion: South African Journal of Information Studies, Vol 41 (4): pp 1-16.
  20. Chitima, S.S. (2023). ‘The Wandering Tiny Tots’: Educational programming for Early Childhood Development in museums in Zimbabwe. In Katsamudanga, S. and Chikumbirike, J. (eds). Taking stock of archaeological thoughts and practices in southern Africa: Proceedings of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) conference, Harare, 1-3 July 2015. University of Zimbabwe Publications (UZP).
  21. Chitima, S.S. (2023). Museums Tackling Climate Change-A Zimbabwean Context. In Merriman, N. (ed), Museums and The Climate Crisis. Routledge: London, pp 93-105. ISBN 9781032389417.

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