Thanks to the generous financing of a Japan Funds-in-Trust project to UNESCO for ‘Technical and financial assistance for the reconstruction of Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga, architectural masterpiece of the Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi, Uganda, World Heritage property in Danger,’ an illustrated tour guidebook entitled ‘KASUBI: Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi Tour Guiding Manual-2015’ has been published for the use of tour guides at this emblematic World Heritage property, which was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2010 following a devastating fire.
Produced by the guides themselves during a 2-day workshop at the site, with the technical assistance of Sebastien Moriset, an expert from the French-based CRAterre-ENSAG International Research Center Earthen Architecture, the brochure includes photos and illustrations, maps, and texts on the various World Heritage site components. Remigious Kigongo, conservator at the Uganda Museum also contributed to the workshop and provided a great number of archive photographs. The historical and cultural background on the Kingdom and their burial traditions are highlighted along with the rich collection of artefacts and traditional costumes. The governance structure is also explained including the essential role of women at this traditionally managed site. The publication goes into detail to demonstrate and document the building techniques used at this jewel of earthen architecture and also showcases the crafts and cultural industries linked with the traditional lifestyle of the communities. Natural heritage around the site is also featured.
The PDF version of this publication provides a mesmerizing virtual visit to this World Heritage site and is available for free download on the web sites of the UNESCO Office in Nairobi, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the African World Heritage Fund.
The printed version has been provided to the tour guides from the community who were trained through this project as well as to the national and local authorities of Uganda.
This Japanese-funded project was launched in 2013 by UNESCO and aims to set up an efficient risk prevention scheme at the World Heritage site, including provision of all of the necessary equipment and training of the staff in disaster risk preparedness. The project is also providing qualified technicians to supervise the reconstruction of the destroyed roof. In addition, the project offers scientific support to the team in charge of reconstruction to ensure that the World Heritage ‘Outstanding Universal Values’ of the site, both tangible and intangible are maintained.