The Section of History at the Amathole Museum endeavours to collect, preserve, curate and research both physical evidence and oral reminiscences of all the peoples of the Province of the Eastern Cape, with special reference to the greater King Williamâ€™s Town region, with the aim to interpret and to disseminate this information. They have a specific acquisitions record published in The policy of the Amathole Museum.
All aspects of local history of this area, including the Former British Kaffraria.
It also includes genealogical information, military, educational, social, religious, municipal, etc. contributions. For example we are in possession of the original letterbooks of Dr. JP Fitzgerald, the First Medical Superintendent of British Kaffraria, 1856-1884 (unpublished). Cape Mounted Riflemen (CMR).
The Museum is the recognised repository of the CMR. Our CMR collection includes an incomplete nominal list of the CMR. The German Settlers of 1856-1859. Includes information on the British German legionaries and civilian settlers who came to this area. Includes a vast amount of genealogical information on these two groups. Missionary activities in the Eastern Cape includes a large Lovedale collection and information on missionary stations, missionaries and products of missionary work in this province.