Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Tamale

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The world knows what Roman architecture is, but African architecture is classified among primitive forms, but is it? Is there no beauty in the way our fathers lived? It seems we do not have a place in world class architecture or so it has been made to seem. The times are changing and the world by means of mass technology will turn into a small global village. Modernity will overtake us as we loose our own culture. If that is fate, so be it. Let us however be mindful of the past, that the only way to a great future for Africans is by looking back at what our forefathers did before, improving on them as we go along into the future using them as a guide. This museum is an ark that preserves and exhibits the culture of the northern region of Ghana. It is to be built in a traditional style with little foreign influence in choice of form. It is my dream and vision, that whole cities in the future should depict traditional indigenous styles of the Africans. This is the genesis of that dream. SCOPE OF THESIS This thesis covers the range of topics numerated below. 1. Research on museums 2. West African History 3. Culture 4. Conservation principles 5. Climate 6. Structure and materials 7. Philosophy and religion 8. Services 9. African tribal art
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, 1998