Namibian officials discuss second Cape Cross symposium with German Museum

Namibian officials discuss second Cape Cross symposium with German Museum

The German Historical Museum is in talks with Namibian arts and culture officials about the holding of a second symposium on the return of the Cape Cross column.
The column which returned to Namibia in August this year was part of a permanent exhibition the museum hosted since 2005.
Before its return, the German museum conducted its first symposium in June 2018 where historians, international law experts, politicians, and experts from the museum world of Germany and Namibia unanimously agreed that the 500-year-old cross be returned to Namibia.
The president of the German Historical Museum, Professor Raphael Gross says the museum is proposing the holding of a shared symposium in Namibia to discuss the return of the Cape Cross Column.
Dr Nike Thurn, a research assistant at the museum, points out that one of the main ideas behind the second symposium is to continue the dialogue around the Cape Cross and to intensify cooperation between Namibian and German museums as a first step.
Dr Thurn says the idea was to invite people who were part of the first symposium and to discuss their perspectives now that the Cape Cross column are returned.
The symposium is expected to be held in Namibia at a date still to be determined next year.
The cultural artefact was erected by explorer Diogo Cao in 1486 on the coastline of present-day Namibia to signify Portuguese territorial claims, but it was removed and taken to Germany in 1893.