Society of Malawi, Historical and Scientific

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Society of Malawi, Historical and Scientific
PurposeTo promote interest in literary, historical and scientific matters that relate to Malawi, as well as to discover and record facts and information about Malawi which might otherwise be lost.
ProductsMalawi Society bi-annual journal
Key people
Patron: President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika
Websitewww.societyofmalawi.org

The Society of Malawi, Historical and Scientific is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1947, as the Nyasaland Society. It changed its name after Malawi gained independence in 1964. The Society aims to promote interest in literary, historical and scientific matters, discover and record facts and information about Malawi which might otherwise be lost. It also acquires books relating to Malawi.[1] The patron of the library is always the president of Malawi, the current one being Arthur Peter Mutharika

Programmes[edit]

The Society publishes a journal twice yearly. The journal is edited by David Stuart-Mogg and Professor Colin Baker.  Stuart-Mogg is a keen amateur historian who also published a best selling Guide to Malawi and numerous papers and articles mainly on Malawi’s rich cultural heritage, maintaining a special interest in the John Chilembwe phenomenon[2] while Baker has published extensively on Malawi.[3]

It also has a reference library and archives located at the historic Mandala House, Malawi's oldest standing building in  Blantyre built in 1882. The library is open to both the public and Society members.

Mandala Manager's House, Malawi's oldest building
Mandala Manager's House, Malawi's oldest building

The Transport Museum at the Heritage Centre, Blantyre[edit]

The Society also runs a Transport Museum, located in the Heritage Centre in Limbe on land granted by the Malawi Railways with the proviso that the history of transport in Malawi be preserved with emphasis on the Railways role in opening up Nyasaland, a land-locked country, to the sea.[4] Exhibits at the museum cover the period from 1867 to 1996 and include fully captioned photographs, artefacts, and other items of interest.

Locomotive Number 9 at Limbe, May 1924

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Society of Malawi, Historical and Scientific - Home". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  2. ^ "David Stuart-Mogg". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Colin Baker at 70: an appreciation". JSTOR 29779046. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ "Society of Malawi - Transport Museum". Retrieved 17 December 2014.