DR. NELSON ABITI  is a PhD candidate specializing in Museology . He holds an MA in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas with a specialization in African Arts from the University of East Anglia, UK. Since 2018, he servs as the Principal Conservator and Curator of Ethnography at the Uganda National Museum. His professional experience and academic background are dedicated to the preservation and study of cultural heritage, with a particular focus on African ethnographic collections. Through his work and research, he aims to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Africa’s rich cultural history.

2018-Todate PhD candidate (History-Specialising in Museology) University of the Western Cape
2014-2015 MA Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (Specialised African

Arts) University of East Anglia, UK

Professional Experience
2018-Todate Principal Conservator-Museum service/Curator Ethnography-Uganda National


2020-2024 Co-I, Education, Justice and Memory Network (EDJAM) project managed by the
Bristol University. We work with Co-I Kate Moles from Cardiff University on the
‘Theme: heritage, Education and Everyday life’.

2018-2019 Co-I, Informal learning in Post conflict situation through mobile. In partnership
with Refugee Law Project and the University of Bath, UK on evaluating the
mobile exhibition for Uganda National Museum under the grant of Arts and
Humanities Research Council.

2020-2021 Curriculum Advisor, Africa, ‘Museum Futures- Training Programme for African

Museums managed by Goethe institute- Germany’.

Professional Experience: Exhibitions/ Curation
2019-2020 Co-curation on ‘Unseen Archive of Idi Amin’ at Uganda National Museum and Travelling
to rural towns (Partnership with University of Michigan, University of Western Australia).
2017-2018 Co-Curation on Milk: Drink Deeply at Uganda National Museum (Partnership with Zurich

University, Ethnographic Museum and Igongo Cultural Institute Museum).

2013 Coordinator and co-Curation on ‘Road to reconciliation’ Post conflict memorial exhibition
at Uganda national Museum. (Partnership with Norwegian Directorate of Cultural

Abiti Adebo Nelson- Curriculum Vitae, 2022.
Abiti, N. A. (2018). 6. The Road to Reconciliation. Museum Practice, Community Memorials and Collaborations
in Uganda. In Museum Cooperation between Africa and Europe (pp. 83-96). Transcript-Verlag.
Abiti, N. A., & Laely, T. (2021). Towards a renewed Concept of Museum in Africa–and in Europe.


Paulson, J., Abiti, N., Bermeo Osorio, J., Charria Hernández, C. A., Keo, D., Manning, P. & Shanks, K. (2020).
Education as site of memory: developing a research agenda. International Studies in Sociology of
Education, 29(4), 429-451.

Peterson, D. R., & Abiti, N. (2021). Collecting obsolete things at the Uganda Museum 1. In National Museums in

Africa (pp. 93-109). Routledge.