The registry contains information about a wide range of South African archival and memory institutions and organisations, and international collections that hold material related to Southern Africa.
The South African Society for Amateur Palaeontologists (SASAP) was founded to act as a forum for the many people who are interested in fossils and evolution, something which the media and other scientific societies do not fully provide for.
The Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) was founded in 1979, and is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes. The object of the Society is to advance the science of palaeontology in Southern Africa, to serve the common interests and facilitate the cooperation of all persons concerned with the study of evolution, comparative anatomy and taxonomy. The Society is particularly concerned with the conservation and preservation of fossil sites and the promotion of heritage awareness.
The Institute for Human Evolution (IHE) aims to be at the cutting edge of palaeoanthropological research; the IHE function aims to promote South Africa’s heritage to a wider audience; to stimulate a new generation of scientists with an interest in human evolution; and to contribute to the development of young researchers especially from previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa, through outreach programmes at university, school and community level.
In 1994, at the same time that South Africa as a democracy was born, the world-famous Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa was on the verge of being shut down due to lack of funding and resources. Local land-owners and fossil lovers rallied together to establish the Palaeontological Scientific Trust or PAST â€“ a non-profit trust that would be dedicated to preserving Africaâ€™s rich fossil heritage, and promoting ongoing scientific research in the region.
In the remote Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda is a fascinating world of concrete sculpture, fantastic figures and mythical beasts set around a house decorated with luminous paint and multicoloured panes of glass. This is the Owl House, created by the reclusive Helen Martins and her labourer Koos Malgas in the 1940s and now regarded as a masterpiece of visionary art.
The Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research (BPI) is part of the School of Geosciences in the Faculty of Science of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre depicts the setting in the area around Nieu Bethesda 253 million years ago during the Permian Period. The centre showcases the fossils found both in Nieu Bethesda and in other places in South Africa. The fossils date to a time 50 million years before the age of dinosaurs when the continents were merged in a supercontinent called Pangea.
Ten years to the day after his release on 11 February 1990, the Nelson Mandela Museum opened its doors. Nelson Mandela insisted it was not just to be a static collection and tribute to him, but a living memorial to his values and vision. It was to inspire and enrich all who visit it, serve as a catalyst for development and should share the heritage resources linked to him.
The Department of Arts and Culture took his words to heart and pledged funding for the Nelson Mandela Museum as part of its series of national legacy projects that honour South Africaâ€™s liberation heroes.
The P.W Vorster Museum in Middelburg is housed in the building which was built in 1827. It was renovated in 1887 ,and a gable was added to the building’s exterior. Inside the museum, an interesting and informative collection of old photographs and information about the founder families are exhibited. Relics from the military era shed light on the time when the peace keeping force was stationed here.
The Botshabelo Historical Village and Game Reserve is an open-air museum that preserves the customs and the various art forms traditionally practised by the Ndebele, particularly their women, including beadwork, murals and the embroidering of blankets.
The Middelburg Cultural Historical Museum displays the history of Middelburg and the surrounding areas. The museum is 25 years old and housed in an old school building partially build out of stone. It houses an internationally renowned collection of San artefacts.
The Matatiele Museum was established relatively recently in 1993, after the town’s historical society stopped functioning, and donated their collection of artefacts and historical items to the museum. The old sandstone building in which the Matatiele Museum is housed, was originally built as a Dutch Reformed Church, but was later used as a garage, an auction room, and a telephone exchange. The old building which stands in Matatiele’s High Street, has since been declared as a national monument, as well as a provincial heritage site.
The Lady Grey Museum is situated in a Victorian building which housed the Poor School between 1898 and 1914. Its exhibits focus on celebrities such as Athol Fugard and Tiro Vorster who have roots in the Middelburg.
Museums Online South Africa (MOSA)â„¢ is an established and dynamic heritage portal recognised both nationally and internationally. It is run by an Association that maintains and develops this portal dedicated to art, science, culture and technology.
Jeffreys Bay has always been associated with its beautiful & rich variety of shells. The Jeffrey’s Bay Shell Museum has thus become world renowned & is visited by shell fanatics from all over.
The Sid Fourie Historical Museum also known as Jansenvilleâ€™s Museum and houses a number of collections that offer a peak into the lifestyles of the past as well as the area itself.
The Humansdorp Museum a cultural history museum, focuses on the growth and development of Humansdorp through its display of farming implements, bottles, shells, clothing and crockery. It also features a restored water mill.
Situated in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) is an internationally recognised centre for the study of aquatic biodiversity.
SAIABâ€™s science focuses on the full spectrum of aquatic environments: from marine offshore to continental freshwater catchments. Research covers ecology and conservation biology that links biodiversity at molecular and organism levels with the environment and genetic and species diversity.
The fossil collection(s) at the Wellwood Fossil Museum is a treasure trove of creatures long forgotten 200+ Million years ago. a rich source of information of our prehistoric past that is still used by many universities here and overseas.
The Hester Rupert Art Museum is located in Church Street, Graaff-Reinet, is housed in the fifth oldest church building in South Africa. It was built and consecrated as a Dutch Reformed Mission Church in 1821, 35 years after the founding of the village of Graaff-Reinet in 1786. It is also one of the three remaining Dutch Reformed Church buildings built on the traditional cruciform plan.
The building was saved from demolition in 1965 when it became known that a petroleum company was negotiating for its purchase to erect a filling station of the site. When Dr Anton Rupert, a son of Graaff-Reinet and Chairman of the Rembrandt Group of companies, heard about this he immediately entered into negotiations with the petroleum company who, fortunately, realised that to destroy the building would be a grave error.
The Buffalo Volunteer Rifles (BVR) Military Museum is located in East London. The museum is the cityâ€™s hidden gem; unknown to many yet containing a treasure trove of history. The museum serves as a depository of war history that is preserved for future generations.
The Calgary Transport Museum, a satellite of the East London Museum, features a collection of carts, wagons and handcarts from the Border region, acquired and restored by the late Robin Wells. Also on show are a gypsy caravan, a tack room and a wheelwright’s workshop and forge.
The Despatch Museum, located in Church Street in Despatch, was brought about as part of a long term vision of the “Friends of Despatch”.
Established in 1984, the Anderson Museum features a turn of the century house and a variety of other antique exhibits on local genealogy, agricultural implements and the Bert Wodehouse Gallery—a photographic display of San (Bushman) rock art.
An Anglo-Boer War exhibit depicting the incursion of Jan Smuts into the Cape Colony is also on display.
The Schreiner House is one of Cradock’s most interesting and old buildings. It was home to the world-renowned author Olive Schreiner between 1868 and 1870.
In the museum there is a display of Schreiner’s personal library, pictorial exhibitions of her life and copies of all the books she wrote. There is also a wide variety of books available for sale, including Schreiner’s most celebrated work, The Story of an African Farm.
The Great Fish River Museum, housed in the old Dutch Reformed Church parsonage, a national monument dating back to 1849, gives a picture of the way of life of pioneer settlers in the Eastern Cape in 1806 through furniture, ceramics and photographs.
The C.M Van Coller Museum is in a turn-of-the-century shop and features early 19th century household items from the Cathcart district.
The Burgersdorp Cultural Historical Museum comprises of an old parsonage, two typical Karoo houses, the first theological school and lean-tos in which old wagons and farm implements are displayed.
The Bathurst Argicultural Museum comprise engines, tractors, wagons, buggies, agricultural machinery and tools, some dating back to British settlers.
The Barkley East Museum offers fascinating displays telling a story about the history of Barkly East, how it originated and artifacts and items found in the area giving you an insight into how people lived and survived in the area.
The Kerkplein Museum in Aliwal North is a component of the Aliwal North Museum Complex, covering local history, with exhibits and colletion featuring many different themes - it has a street scene depicting shops, a church and the De Wet and Henning houses as they were in the past. It also has a photo exhibition of the Boer War.
The Aliwal North Museum is bursting with a wealth of knowledge and interesting things to see and learn. It is made up of two buildings, 1) the old library dating back to 1876 and 2) the Old Dutch Reformed Church dating back to 1864.
Brimming with culture and history about this little town, you will be able to find historical newspaper collections, photographs, objects and items used during these times and interior displays of street scenes with houses and shops as well as an outside display of old farming methods.
The F.S Malan Museum, at the University of Fort Hare, features collections of beadwork, wooden sculptures and costumes.
The De Beers Centenary Art Gallery is housed at the University of Fort Hare, the oldest black university in the country, founded in 1916. The De Beers Centenary Gallery houses a substantial collection of black South African art acquired over an extended period.
Within the campus of University of Fort Hare, the excellent De Beers Centenary Art Gallery has some very important work by contemporary South African artists, plus archive material on Steve Biko, Black Consciousness and the African National Congress.
The Ons Erfenis Museum in Adelaide in the Eastern Cape, is a period house museum whose highlights are a ceramics collection (Wedgewood, Dresden and Staffordshire), yellowwood and stinkwood furniture, silverware, glassware and jewellery.
The South AfricanÂ National MilitaryÂ Veterans AssociationÂ (SANMVA) is a national organisation which unites military veteransâ€™ organisations; whose members have experienced the sufferings of conflict and war, and whose forces fought side by side or faced each other in combat, and want to contribute to the maintenance of a democratic and united South Africa established in terms of and based on the principles of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.
The initiative of establishing the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) forms part of government’s commitment to support and recognise Military Veterans for their contribution to bring about the realisation of a peaceful, democratic and prosperous South Africa.
The Council of Military Veteransâ€™ Organisations (CMVO) is a voluntary association of military veteransâ€™ organizations with similar objectives. The Council, established on 24 August 1976, acts as a co-ordinating body to promote mutual co-operation between its members. Its primary aim is to â€œspeak with one voiceâ€ on veteransâ€™ affairs.
Since 1961, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) has been South Africaâ€™s music rights champion. They protect the rights of composers and authors (music creators) both locally and internationally. Collecting licence fees from music users â€“ television broadcasters, radio stations, in-store radio stations, pubs, clubs, retailers, restaurants and all other businesses that broadcast, use or play music.
The Lady Grey Arts Academy is a specialised school where young people are developed in the arts. Founded in 1996, the Academy’s boundaries soon expanded to welcome pupils from all backgrounds and cultures - the Academy is indeed a true reflection of the South African “Rainbow Nation”.
The Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa (BAASA) promotes public awareness of botanical art by organising exhibitions around the country, using a variety of institutions, including botanical gardens, private and public galleries etc.
BAASA hopes to establish close ties with similar organisations in other countries, to exchange ideas and promote Southern African botanical art. Contact will also enable the Association to host visiting overseas artists.
The South African Antique Dealers’ Association (SAADA) was established in 1963 to promote the interests of the dealers, give clients peace of mind and encourage high standards of ethics. In todayâ€™s modern world this history and tradition ensures that you receive accurate and authentic information on every purchase, including a written guarantee upon request.
The South African Network for Arts Therapies Organisation (SANATO) is an umbrella body that provides a link between all the arts therapies by providing workshops and seminars for Professional Continuing Education. Workshops and seminars are offered for registered Arts Therapists as well as for interested health professionals, organisations and individuals.
The South African National Community Theatre Association (SANCTA) is a community association whose objective it is to raise the quality, status and profile of the community performing arts in order to make them viable once again and regain their place in the cultural life of communities. SANCTA sets about to achieve its objectives by running fully adjudicated regional festivals culminating in an annual Festival.
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) promotes mutually beneficial, equitable and sustainable business-arts partnerships for the benefit of the whole of society. They do this through research and seminars that examine the arts-business relationships.
BASA provides a bespoke service to businesses, and celebrates successful business-arts partnerships â€“ all with the aim of ensuring the relevance and sustainability of the arts in South Africa.
Fine and interesting examples of paintings and decorative arts of special relevance to the Cape are to be found in the William Fehr Collection. Contained in the collection is a wealth of historical information concerning the peoples and landscapes of early colonial South Africa. It is one of the most important public collections of artefacts of the period.
Bertram House, situated at the top of Government Avenue in the centre of Cape Town, reopened its doors to the public on 9 December 2010 after extensive renovations. This house is the only remaining example of the English Georgian-style red brick houses that were once common in Cape Town. It was built c. 1839 by the English immigrant and notary, John Barker, who named it in memory of his first wife, Ann Bertram Findlay.
The South African National Gallery is the national art gallery of South Africa located in Cape Town. Its collection consists largely of Dutch, French and British works from the 17th to the 19th century. This includes lithographs, etchings and some early 20th-century British paintings. Contemporary art work displayed in the gallery is selected from many of South Africa’s communities and the gallery houses an authoritative collection of sculpture and beadwork.
The South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.
n May 2010 National Mutual Building on Church Square, was handed back to Iziko following a significant renovation and extension programme. The event also marked the renaming of the building as the Iziko Social History Centre.
The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. The many names of the building over three centuries â€“ Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court, and SA Cultural History Museum â€“ reflect the long and rich history of the building.
The SAS Somerset is permanently moored for public viewing in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town.
NOTE: This museum is not currently open to the public.
Rust en Vreugd was built as a home for Willem Cornelis Boers, a high-ranking official of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) known as a fiscal, around 1777â€“1778.
Art, Dance, Drama and Music are the four gates of admission to this prestigious full-time high school on the ridge in Braamfontein, South Africa. The school is situated in Johannesburgâ€™s cultural arch, with its back to inner Johannesburg and facing the warmth and space to the north.
The Culinary Arts Association of South Africa (CAASA), formed in 2008, is driven by passionate professionals in order to create and enhance a greater awareness of indigenous foods and cultures in Southern Africa and beyond.
The Cape Town Planetarium which is housed in the South African Museum building in Cape Town, is a celestial theatre in the round, utilising the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport the audience through the wonders of the universe.
The Michaelis Collection is situated in the hub of Cape Town on Greenmarket Square, and is housed in the former City Hall (the Old Town House), which was built in 1755 in the Cape Rococo style.
The Iziko Maritime Centre features an overview of shipping in Cape Town, and the earliest existing model of Table Bay harbour, completed in 1885 by prisoners and warders of Breakwater Prison, forms part of the exhibitions.
The Koopmans-De Wet House-museum is furnished as a home for a well-to-do Cape family during the late 18th Century. It houses some of the best pieces of Cape furniture and silver in the country, in addition to a priceless collection of ceramics.
The farm, Groot Constantia, dates back to 1685, when the land was granted to Simon van der Stel â€“ thus making it one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa. Its Orientation Centre in the Jonkershuis complex uses panel, object and archaeological displays to give an overview of Groot Constantia from the past to present, including slavery on the estate.
The Bo-Kaap Museum was established in 1978 as a satellite of the SA Cultural History Museum. It was furnished as a house that depicts the lifestyle of a nineteenth-century Muslim family.
The Stellenbosch Village Museum currently comprises of four houses of historical interest and their gardens. Each of these beautiful homes represents a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch.
The V.O.C Kruithuis is unique in South Africa as it is the only remaining powder magazine in the country dating from the days of the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C) and it can almost be said to have become a symbol of this town’s rich and varied architectural heritage.
The Josephine Mill Museum is the darling of the Cape Town Historical Society which was bequeathed the building by its heir, Myra East, in 1975.
At the time, the Mill was in a sad state of disrepair. Abandoned in the latter half of the 1930Â¡Â¯s, much of the building had lain exposed to the elements for decades. A few records hinting at its construction and workings during its illustrious years of operation Â¨C between 1840 when it was built, and 1863 when its machinery fell silent Â¨C inspired the society to attempt its renovation and reconstruction.
It took 13 years and generous donations to complete the restoration project, but by 1988 the fine iron waterwheel was turning once again supplying the surrounding community with freshly milled, stone ground flour, just as it had done, for so many years before.
The Benoni Museum is house in the old municipal health clinic on the corner of Elston Avenue and Rothsay Street. Opened in 1994 this museum displays an historical event which took place in 1922 - the Rand Revolt.
Stanfordâ€™s Maps of Africa Collection became a major research resource in August of 2001 with the acquisition of the Oscar I. Norwich Collection of Maps of Africa and its islands, 1486 â€“ ca. 1900. This acquisition added 316 maps to Stanfordâ€™s existing holdings of Maps of Africa.
The Maps of Africa to 1900-digital collection contains images of maps listed in the bibliography Maps of Africa to 1900: A Checklist of Maps in Atlases and Geographical Journals in the Collections of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Bassett & Scheven, Urbana: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 2000).
The National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre (NAHECS) was established in 1981 on the basis of the former Xhosa Literature Centre, attached to the then Faculty of Arts, University of Fort Hare. The objective of the centre was to accumulate, document and preserve oral and written literary material pertinent to the Xhosa Language with the purpose of making it accessible to various researchers and the public.
The IsiXhosa National Lexicography Unit (Formerly known as the Xhosa Dictionary Project) is a culmination of a project of the University of Fort Hare which started in 1968, under the late Prof W H Pahl, as its first Director and Editor-in-Chief.
The Library of Congress is the USA’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
The Library’s collections also houses a considerable number of documents and photographs from, and relating to, Africa.
The mission of Hillwood Art Museum is to consistently provide the public with an environment that encourages exploration of the visual arts. The Museum develops and presents exhibitions that reflect the diverse interests of the community, preserves, exhibits and expands the Collection, presents original research and provides free educational programming to the public.
FedFlix, is a joint Venture NTIS-1832 between the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) and Public.Resource.Org. Here we feature the best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever.
The African Language Materials Archive, or ALMA, is a multi-partner project focusing on the promotion and documentation of literature and literacy in the languages of Africa. It further serves to assist African language authors and publishers in publicizing and distributing their work.
The National Heritage Council of South Africa is a statutory body that is responsible for the preservation of the countryâ€™s heritage. Since its existence on 26 February 2004 it has managed to place heritage as a priority for nation building and national identity.
The National Heritage Trust for South Africa (SANHT) is an initiative being driven by The Conservation Trust, a non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg. It focuses on heritage conservation initiatives in the Parktown Ridge Heritage area. However, spurred by the many unsustained efforts to protect valuable heritage assets in South Africa, the Trustees agreed to explore the possibility of establishing a National Heritage Trust for South Africa which would have as its overall objective the protection, preservation and conservation of heritage assets in the country.
The Zululand Historical Museum in Eshowe is set in the picturesque Fort Nongqayi and has a number of Zulu cultural items and artifacts. Some of John Dunn`s furniture, and a replica of a beer mug given by queen Victoria to King Cetshwayo. It is a good Natural History display and serene picnic area and self-guided trails.
The Vaal Teknorama Museum, officially opened in 1992, has two permanent exhibitions: 1) the Local Leaders Hall and 2) the Sedibeng Heritage Hall.Both of these reflect a comprehensive history of the Sedibeng area. There is also a temporary exhibition hall which exhibits items from contemporary, local and ethnic artwork, to Anglo Boer War photos and the Sharpeville Massacre.
The Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA) is a product of the post-1994 political transformation and a baby of the Department of Arts and Culture. The seed that brought about the birth of OHASA was planted in 1999 when the then Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST) was mandated by Cabinet to conceptualise and spearhead the National Oral History Programme (NOHP) for South Africa.
OHASAâ€™s primary objective is to promote and facilitate the recording, preservation, access, popularisation and study of oral history in South Africa. This includes poetry, music, oral praise, oral performance and oral tradition.
The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum is 40 kilometres (30 miles) outside Cape Town. It is a memorial to the system of migrant labour, single sex hostels and the control of black workers through the identity document which controlled the lives of black South Africans under apartheidâ€” the infamous pass book.
The Cape Medical Museum provides a captivating glimpse into the history of Western and traditional medicine in the Western Cape. The building in which the museum is housed was built in 1902. It was once the private residence of the Medical Superintendent of the now defunct City Hospital for Infectious Diseases.
The Human Rights Media Centre (HRMC) advances an awareness and activism about human rights through the documentation and disseminating oral histories through a variety of media forms and social interventions.
Die Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV) is in 1930 in Kaapstad deur twaalf mense gestig as â€™n organisasie waar mense die lekkerte van Afrikaans-wees met mekaar kon deel. Vandag is dit diÃ© Afrikaanse kultuurtuiste met ongeveer 70 000 hooflede en 30 kultuurprojekte per jaar wat bykans 55 000 inskrywings genereer en meer as 220 000 mense regstreeks betrek! Ook op sakegebied het die ATKV vooruitgang gemaak met sewe asemrowende vakansieoorde oor die lengte en breedte in die mooiste dele van Suid-Afrika.
The Afrikaans Language and Culture Association (Afrikaans: Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging), ATKV, is a society that aims to promote the Afrikaans language and culture. The association was founded in 1930 in Cape Town. Since its inception and up to the end of Apartheid in 1994, membership was only open to members of the Afrikaner Christian community. Membership was opened to include people of all ethnicities, sharing the same values as the ATKV (i.e. speaking Afrikaans and belonging to the Christian faith).
The African Artists Foundation (AAF) was founded in Lagos, Nigeria in 2007, and aims to encourage the highest standard of art in Africa. African Artistsâ€™ Foundation serves a significant role in art and academic communities through organizing art exhibitions, festivals, competitions, residencies, and workshops with the aim of unearthing and developing talent, creating societal awareness, and providing a platform to express creativity.
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was launched in the year 2000, in the aftermath of South AfricaÂ´s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The aim was to ensure that lessons learnt from South AfricaÂ´s transition from apartheid to democracy were taken into account as the nation moved ahead.
The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) is a regional membership-based and donor-supported research and capacity-building organization whose mission is to promote dialogue and interaction between researchers and policy-makers in Eastern and Southern Africa with a view to enhancing the impact of research on policy-making and development planning. Its headquarter is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. They are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 186 member states.
Their mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Our mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.
The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture.
The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) is an international educational charity which works under the Patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales to promote traditional architecture, urbanism and crafts.
Respatrimoni: Network of Researchers on ‘Heritagisations’ is an online blog which was created by a network of critical researchers on heritagizations of different countries and languages.
iAfrika Photos was established in 1996, and operates independently for two years before combining resources with the Cape Photo Library. In 1998, the two agencies staffing and premises in order to provide clients with seamless, integrated access to a wider range of (photographic) material.
The Botanical Society of South Africa (BotSoc) was established in 1913, the same year the now world famous Kirstenbosch Garden was started. The land for the garden, which was left to the nation by Cecil John Rhodes, was allocated for the development of a botanical garden by the South African government on condition that an appropriate organization from civil society was formed to assist with the venture.
Founded in Pietermaritzburg in 1851, the Natal Society has served the scientific and literary interests of the community of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, for more than 160 years. It founded a museum (now a leading national institution) and the largest privately-owned library system in the country (now run by the cityâ€™s Msunduzi Municipality).
The association, the Stellenbosch Heemkring, was founded in 1968 from the desire of a group of dedicated residents to preserve, especially through word, image and sound material, the cultural heritage of their town and district, the â€œheemâ€ Stellenbosch and to bring this material together in an archive for preservation and release. Since then the Heemkring has gone from strength to strength and is still a vibrant organization with a passion for preservation.
The South African Police Service Museum and Archives was officially opened on September 23 1968. Exhibitions are divided into those dealing with crime and another with cultural history. The crime section includes notorious cases including that of Daisy De Melker, who poisoned her victims. There is also a section on political crimes such as Steve Bikoâ€™s murder and the events at Sharpeville. The evils of the drug trade and child abuse are depicted. The cultural history section depicts the history of the police from 1913 onwards.
The Graaff-Reinet Museum is the fifth largest Province-aided museum in the Eastern Cape with a floor space of almost 4000 mÂ². It is a major tourist attraction within the Camdeboo area and one of the most important international tourist attractions within a 203km radius from Port Elizabeth.
The African Arts Instituteâ€™s (AFAI) vision is for a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable African creative sector that contributes to development, human rights and democracy on the continent, and projects African aesthetics and intellectual content into the international arena.
The website, Artistsâ€™ Books in South Africa, explores research, practice, production, collecting and documenting of artists’ books in South Africa.
NIROX was established in 2007 and is a private foundation set in 15 hectares of an extensive nature reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. NIROX is comprised of an international artists’ residency programme, a local artists’ accommodation programme, a sculpture park and related function facilities.
Gugulective is a collective of artists who share a common set of interests around the position of the contemporary arts in an urban township context.
The Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art (SLICA) was founded on 1 April 2011 and developed as an extension of Sober & Lonely’s artistic practice to create a platform of sharing and engagement between like-minded people and organisations.
Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art (SLICA) is a mobile platform, and hosts various events, suburban residencies, talks and exhibitions at different locations in Johannesburg, South Africa and the world.