The story of the Uganda Martyrs has been told and written since 1889 (Ashe 1970; Faupel 1965, Ssemakula 1983) Given this ever increasing interest in the subject matter, Church of Uganda (Anglican) proposes the construction of a museum in remembrance and celebration of the brave acts of the Uganda Martyrs. The Uganda martyrs museum Namugongo- Church of Uganda is, a private (owned by the church of Uganda) profit making venture that will be constructed to provide unique and meaningful artifacts to reflect the rich religious, cultural, social and political history of the Anglican church in Uganda, but also worldwide. The mission of the Uganda Martyrs Museum Namugongo- church of Uganda is to invigorate the conservation and appreciation of Uganda religious heritage among all ages. Objectively, the museum will meet both short and long term objectives. These will include:
1) mobilize funding for the construction of the museum and assemble artifacts in the museum;
2) obtain goodwill among the church of Uganda faithful on the imperativeness of the museum;
3) construct a museum and institute a Museum programme to complement religious activities already available at the shrine; 4) generate sufficient profit to finance the operations of the venture and acquisition of more collectibles, future growth and to provide the resources needed to achieve the other objectives of the project; 5) grow the project at a rate that is both challenging and manageable, leading the market with innovation and adaptability; 6) contribute to overall social economic development of Uganda in complement with services provided by the national museum.
This project will introduce offer interactive services that will offer a learning environment for all people irrespective of race, tribe, religious affiliation, age and sex of the pilgrims. The museum will have open –art stations and galleries, little people lounge, internet station and library. The total cost of implementation of the entire project is 12 billion Uganda shillings. Your investment into the project will complete the funding we need to fully implement this pilot project, and we are excited about the prospect of partnering with you. Thank you for your consideration of our request.
Why the Museum?
This project proposal focuses at establishing the Uganda Martyrs museum Namugongo- Church of Uganda in which objects of interest will be stored and exhibited at Namugongo As this project is the brain child of the Church of Uganda (Anglican), it will be run centrally by Namirembe Diocese and the thrust of the project lies in 24 protestant martyrs that were martyred; this is not meant to indicate that the museum will not contain objects and artifacts of other religious sects- especially the catholic martyrs. The Uganda martyrs museum Namugongo- Church of Uganda is, a private (owned by the church of Uganda) profit making venture that will be constructed to provide unique and meaningful artifacts to reflect the rich religious, cultural, social and political history of the Anglican church in Uganda, but also worldwide. Also embedded in the museum will be a promulgation of an interface between the church of Uganda and the socio- political and cultural history of Uganda. The fundamental premise of the museum is to educate people in Uganda’s socio-political, historical, cultural and religious values and to build a lifelong audience for the church of Uganda, while improving tolerance among various religious sects in Uganda. We plan to offer a dynamic and constantly-evolving program within the museum that keeps track of the appreciated religious nuances, while informing the population of the importance of such nuances in directing the religious future. The purpose of the project is providing a one stop center that ably informs the general population on Uganda’s rich culture; informed from a religious, socio- political, historical perspective. Although we will incorporate as much paleontological displays, arts into our programs, focus is on visual art that will embrace Information Communication Technology (ICT) to cater for all ages. Most activities will be open-ended and enjoyed on a walk-in basis.
The development committee of the project envisions an elucidation of the fallacies surrounding the Uganda martyrs by providing an updated understanding of the values entrenched in the religious history of Uganda. It should be noted that Uganda has a national museum, which to a minimal extent provides an interactive religious learning experience that this museum will offer. There is the potential that learning about empirically based religious facts could develop habits that would shape behaviors among populations. It is built upon this that the museum will offer a learning environment to help shape behaviors of the population, as an enlightened society. The museum is proposed to be constructed at the Nnamugongo Shrine (Church of Uganda) site located in Kira Town Council- Kyadondo County, Wakiso District.
The proposed museum is based on the need to provide empirical information on the Uganda martyrs. It is necessary to construct the museum because of the lack of a one stop center in which information can be obtain on issues related to the martyrs. This has indeed propagated divergent views/ controversies on whether or not they were indeed martyrs or Buganda rebels. Moreover, the time to visit various sites in Uganda where the converts were martyred might not be known to many Ugandans and foreigners; this museum will provide a unique experience to show case such sites and related value attached. It would not be surprising that many Ugandan pilgrims only know of Namugongo shrine, as the only site for Christian martyrdom in Uganda. As events to mark martyrs day (3rd June) continue to grow in stature - with representation from world over, interactions at the site provide limited opportunity for learning, as besides prayer sessions. This could partly explain why the local population has turned martyrs day into a social event in which to share a bite and drink. The sheer rising rates of crime promulgated in the news after the event depicts the lack of engagement to foster learning about religious values and the purpose of the commemorations/celebrations. As pilgrims leave Nnamugongo, so is their interaction with issues related to the martyrs and the church of Uganda since these have not be interfaced with information communication technology. Moreover, besides scholars of history and religion, not many pilgrims articulately understand the rich heritage in the tale of the Uganda martyrs. As thousands of people whatever the age visit the site at the same time, limited learning is possible at the current shrine at Nnamugongo. To bridge this gap, age specific and scheduled packages will be proposed at the museum to keep pilgrims focused to continuous empirical learning on facts about the martyrs and other relevant socio-cultural, political and historical values in Uganda, as the museum will be open all year round.