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 University of Cape Townâ€™s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) facilitates new collaborative and inter-disciplinary creative research projects in the disciplines of Music, Dance, Fine Art, Drama, Creative Writing, Film and Media Studies.
Dala (‘to make/create’ in isiZulu) is an interdisciplinary creative collective that believes in the transformative role of creativity in building safer and more liveable cities. Dala emerged as a response to the growing need for a sustainable space for creative practitioners actively engaging in the production of art/architecture for social change in eThekwini (Durban).
Creative Freedom is a magazine about creative people and their projects in the arts and entertainment industry in South Africa. It profiles cool art, comic books, video games, movies, animations, television shows, studios, events and any other projects that are interesting and creative.
After operating as an independent project space for six years, Blank Projects made the transition to a commercial gallery in 2012.
Founded by Jonathan Garnham, and run by a small team passionate about promoting contemporary South African art, the Blankâ€™s programme has always highlighted new practices by a broad range of young artists from South Africa and elsewhere.
The Bailey Seippel Gallery is a photo gallery situated at Arts on Main in the heart of Johannesburg’s CBD. The gallery features unique archival photographs and material from Bailey’s African History Archives as well as contemporary African documentary photographers.
34FineArt features a variety of works in various media by established South African artists including William Kentridge, Norman Catherine, Noria Mabasa, Willie Bester, Esther Mahlangu, as well as a selection of new young talent such as Asha Zero, Matthew Hindley and Peter Eastman.
South African art is complemented by a selection of works by internationally acclaimed artists, including Marlene Dumas and Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
artSPACE durban (aSd) offers a contemporary arts gallery adjacent to and in collaboration with dedicated artistsâ€™ studio spaces that offer tenancy to artists both local and foreign. artSPACE durban offers exhibition space, marketing, sales, promotion and venue hire facilities.
David Krut Projects is an arts, design and projects gallery space at 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg. It is one of four spaces in our organisation, the others being at the Arts on Main complex near downtown Johannesburg, Montebello Design Centre in Newlands, Cape Town, and Chelsea New York.
The Photographers Gallery za & ErdmannContemporary was launched by Heidi Erdmann in 2001 in Cape Town. to promote contemporary comic art. In addition to comic art the gallery also represents a small and select group of painters, sculptors, photographers and printmakers. Erdmann Contemporary has working relationships with several European based galleries.
Fried Contemporary is housed in a converted residential property in Pretoria. The Gallery aims to promote young, upcoming and previously unrecognised artists working in a contemporary idiom, and showcases the work of a number of leading artists based in Pretoria. The gallery also runs a variety of art classes.
The JoÃ£o Ferreira Gallery was established in Cape Town in 1998 by art dealer JoÃ£o Ferreira. The Gallery aims to cultivate critical appreciation and stimulating discussion around visual art by regularly hosting new shows of work by contemporary artists.
In Toto Gallery features local and international, historical and contemporary works of art and is located in the suburb of Birdhaven. The Gallery’s name is taken from the Latin phrase meaning â€œIn total - encompassing everythingâ€.
Resolution (Res) Gallery, founded by Ricardo Fornoni, Steven Goldblatt and Simone Fornoni, is an art gallery involved in promoting and selling digital media art, from limited edition prints to interactive installations, and mixed media artworks. Owner and curator of the gallery, Ricardo Fornoni, additionally operates his printing studio from the Res Gallery space.
Art Afrique launched on 24 July 2008. The Gallery specialises in African and South African art - some already well known and featured in the finest private and corporate collections around the world - and some newly discovered.
The Ann Bryant Art Gallery is housed in a double-storied Edwardian home set in an established garden in East London. Owned by the City of East London, the gallery has a collection of about 350 works and adds to it every year with funding from the City Council. There are about 60 art works exhibited at any one time. The works are occasionally loaned to other galleries.
The Maboneng Township Arts Experience is a national public arts exhibition that turns homes in townships into galleries and the outdoor spaces into performance districts. It currently happens annually over two days in 3 townships around the country - Alexandra in Johannesburg, Gugulethu in Cape Town and Madedeni, Newcastle in Kwazulu Natal.
AfrikaBurn is the spectacular result of the creative expression of a community of volunteers who, once a year, gather in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance! For those that have been no explanation is necessary, for those that havenâ€™t none is possible.
The Centre for Historical Reenactments (CHR) aims to respond to the immediate demands of the current moment through an exploration into the historical legacies and their resonance and impact on contemporary art.
The Red Location Museum and Gallery was designed to promote art in the township in the â€˜culturally aliveâ€™ New Brighton.
The Museum of Design, Innovation, Leadership and Art (MoDILA)-project was established in response to the need for an international scale, continuous flagship cultural event space with an African focus and to locate Cape Town as a global hub for design and innovation and societal leadership studies.
MOAD (Museum of African Design) is a multi-disciplinary exhibition, event and performance space with a core objective of advancing problem solving ideas for Africa and beyond. MOAD was developed from a factory warehouse built in the 1920s.
The Museum features floor space of over 1500 square metres, with 15 metre high ceilings, ground floor retail space and an on site workshop space for artist and artisan collaborations.
Ifa Lethu, a nonprofit Foundation based in Tshwane, South Africa is devoted to the development and economic growth of the creative sectors in the country.
The Durban University of Technology Gallery is located on the Steve Biko Campus, above the university library. Since 1982 the gallery has collected current and historical art that includes ancient and modern artifacts.
The Centurion Art Gallery aims to show a variety of art forms, reflecting the cultural diversity of South Africa. Promoting visual literacy, making the visual arts accessible to the layman. Exhibiting emerging talent, promoting particularly Tshwane artists.
The Alf Khumalo Museum of Photography displays and archives the photographic work of veteran photojournalist Alf Kumalo that spans over 5 decades documenting ordinary and extraordinary momemts in the countryâ€™s history.
Art Map South Africa is aimed at providing artists, curators, writers and researchers from other countries with a first point of entry into the existing infrastructure for contemporary visual arts in South Africa, as a basis for networking, creative collaboration and research. <?p>
The African Arts Trust (TAAT) supports a wide range of projects with an emphasis on grass roots organisations that support professional practicing artists trying to make a livelihood in the visual arts.
Assemblage is a non-profit organisation which intends for the visual arts community of Johannesburg to connect, to share ideas, information and advice and to collaborate. It provides an inclusive forum where visual art students, graduates and professionals can network.
The KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), founded 108 years ago and located in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, was initially established as an informal opportunity for artists to discuss, exhibit and market their work.
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Archive is an online website which contains all our students’ essays from previous years at AIMS. Please browse the links in the column to the left or search for an essay using the search form above.
The Archival Company helps you create your digital legacy by restoring old medias into current formats you can see, share and relive.
Heritage Werks specializes in web-based access to archival collections providing cost-effective solutions for long-term digital preservation, access and use. Creating efficiencies, lowering operating costs, putting valuable content into the hands of people who can better collaborate, ideate and innovate with access to historical information.
The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) aims at improving the quality of conservation practice as well as raising awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage.
Connected Histories brings together a range of digital resources related to early modern and nineteenth century Britain with a single federated search that allows sophisticated searching of names, places and dates, as well as the ability to save, connect and share resources within a personal work space.
The Van Riebeeck Society was founded in 1918 with the purpose of making primary sources available in a readable and enjoyable form to anyone interested in Southern African history.
The Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) is an international, Nairobi-based organisation committed to recording the rich rock art heritage of the African continent, to making this information widely accessible and, to the extent possible, safeguarding those sites most threatened by humans and nature. To achieve its mission, TARA works closely with communities where rock art is found as well as with national and international heritage bodies including the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
The South African Society of Archivists (SASA) is a professional association representing those working in archives and records management in South Africa.
P>AN supports the policy community by sourcing information on social policy with the aim of contributing to rigour in policy making and greater participation in policy processes. This site contains a range of resources including case studies, policy briefs, research reports, events info and â€˜how-toâ€™ info on getting research into policy, and getting policy into action.
OCPA, the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa, is an independent pan-African non-governmental organisation aiming to enhance the development of national cultural policies in the region and their integration in human development strategies through advocacy and promoting information exchange, research, capacity building and cooperation at the regional and international level.
ICOMOS-SA is an affiliate of ICOMOS International, and they are concerned with furthering the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of heritage resources in South Africa as well as liaison and co-operation between individuals and organizations working in the field both nationally and internationally.
The South African National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-SA) was resuscitated in October 2006 and held its first AGM in October 2007, a significant event marking the first time, since the dawn of democracy in this country and the end of the cultural boycott, that South Africa has officially re-joined the international museum community.
Creative Cape Town is a programme of the Cape Town Partnership, a collaboration between public and private sectors working together to develop, promote and manage Cape Town city. Creative Cape Town was started in 2006 with the input of more than 30 specialists working in and for creative and cultural industries.
The Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) is an international Non Governmental Organisation(NGO) dedicated to the preservation, management and promotion of cultural heritage in Africa through a programme of training and development support services. Its core value is in the preservation of Immovable, Movable and intangible Cultural Heritage in Africa.
The Arterial Network is a dynamic network of individuals, organizations, donors, companies and institutions engaged in the African creative and cultural sector.
The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) was set up in 2001 to promote and grow craft as an economic sector in the Western Cape province of South Africa. A not-for-profit company, the CCDI is a joint initiative of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
AFRICOM - International Council of African Museum today is an International NGO registered by the Government of Kenya. The Secretariat is located in the capital city, Nairobi, in offices graciously offered by the National Museums of Kenya (NMK).
The Tatham Gallery has a colourful history spanning more than 100 years. Significant events include the Whitwell donation, the infamous dispersal during the 1960s and the restoration of and move to the Old Supreme Court building.
The Cato Manor Museum is an interactive museum which acts as a tribute to the spirit of defiance against the Durban System, which led to evictions, riots and dissent in the Cato Manor area for decades. The museum is a collection of photographs, artworks and other media that document the areas turbulent history.
The Phansi Museum was started in 2000 as a small private museum, and has since expanded to host one of the biggest and most spectacular collections of African arts and crafts in the world.
The Port Natal Maritime Museum offers an insight into the influence of maritime culture on local life whilst also reflecting on the rigors and romance of lives lived at sea.
Amazing voyages, dramatic tales and old yet inspiring collections form the basis of an unforgettable experience with attractions including the multi-ton floating vessels. These exhibits are the steam tug â€œJR Moreâ€ as well as the minesweeper â€œSAS Durbanâ€ and together with other exhibits like the â€œUlundiâ€ and â€œNCS Challengerâ€ offer families and tour groups hours of exploration, fun and education.
Once a Court House and now a Museum, the Old Court House Museum, is the oldest public building in the central business district and was loop-holed during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. It bore witness to both the South African Wars and the Bhambatha Uprising.
The site of the Old House Museum in Diakonia Street was donated to the city by George Churton Collins, built by the Town Council and opened in 1954. The museum features a recreation of the home of one of Durbanâ€™s most prominent families, the Robinsons. Sir John Robinson was Natalâ€™s first Prime Minister, and also owned the Natal Mercury, Durbanâ€™s daily morning paper.
The Bertheil Museum is named after Jonas Bergtheil, and the museum is situated in the leafy suburb of Westville almost midway between Durban and Pinetown. Much of the museum is housed in Westvilleâ€™s oldest building (c.1840) featuring massive stone walls and hand-hewn timber floorboards. Park like surrounds add an atmosphere of tranquility.
The Durban Local History Museums Trust is a Trust established to assist the Durban Local History Museums in attaining its objectives. The Trust was established in 1997 and consists of not less than eight Trustees who receive no remuneration for their services which are considered to be charitable in nature.
The KwaMuhle Museum in Durban has the unenviable reputation as once being one of the most hated buildings in the city when it was the former Department Of Native Affairs, an authoritative body responsible for enforcing punitive apartheid legislation.
The Worcester Museum is a cultural history museum with a strong focus on agriculture. The collections emphasise the Cape colonial history with agricultural implements, wagons, furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles and metal.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africaâ€™s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology â€” commonly called Penn Museum â€” is an archaeology and anthropology museum which was founded in 1887. The Penn Museum has always been one of the worldâ€™s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States.
The School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.
The South African Rock Art Digital Archive (SARADA) is a Rock Art Research Institute (RARI) initiative launched in aim to preserve the institute’s substantial collection of historical documents, photographs, redrawings and slides through digitisation.
The Rock Art Research Institute had its small beginnings in 1979 when Professor David Lewis-Williams moved from the Social Anthropology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand to the Archaeology Department.
A few years later, in 1983, he started a research project focused on surveying and recording the rock art of the Harrismith district, South Africa. This project was headed by Professor Lewis-Williams, with Bruce Fordyce as the only other researcher, and was funded by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). This project grew and the necessity for interpretation of the rock art, not just finding the rock art sites, became a primary focus.
Opened by President Thabo Mbeki in 2006, the Origins Centre is a world-class museum dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind, telling the story of the emergence of human beings and humanity in southern Africa.
The is home to the most complete collection of South African numismatic items in the world. It is situated in the stylish Absa Towers West building in the heart of the cultural metropolis that is the Johannesburg CBD.
The University of Florida Map & Imagery Library Collection contains more than 497,800 maps, 266,500 aerial photographs, 2,250 remote sensing images, and 7,215 atlases and reference books. It is the largest academic map collection in the Southeast, and among the top five academic map collections in the entire United States.
The Map & Imagery Library has general map coverage world-wide. Specialties of the collection include Florida, Latin America, the United States, Africa, and the Holy Land. Much of the Collection is cataloged, and can be searched by using the online Library Catalog.
The South African Democracy Education Trust (SADET) was established as a project Trust after President Thabo Mbeki indicated his concern about the paucity of historical material on the arduous and complex road to South Africa’s peaceful political settlement after decades of violent conflict.
The International Library of African Music (ILAM) aims to discover, record, analyze, and archive the music of sub-Saharan Africa, with the object of establishing a theory of music making in Africa and assessing the social, cultural, and artistic values of African music.
The International Mission Photography Archive offers historical images from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections in Britain, Norway, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the United States. The photographs, which range in time from the middle of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century, offer a visual record of missionary activities and experiences in Africa, China, Madagascar, India, Papua-New Guinea, and the Caribbean.
The Internet Archive (IA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes: texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.
The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) was established to advance the field of moving image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials.
Annual AMIA Conference
The goal of the Moving Image Archive in digitizing these movies and putting them online is to provide easy access to a rich and fascinating core collection of archival films.
By providing near-unrestricted access to these films, they hope to encourage widespread use of moving images in new contexts by people who might not have used them before.
The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa. An undertaking by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Africa Portal offers open access to a suite of features including an online library collection; a resource for opinion and analysis; an experts directory; an international events calendar; and a mobile technology component â€” all aimed to equip users with research and information on Africaâ€™s current policy issues.
The Durban African Art Centre Association provides thousands of unemployed artists and craftspeople with opportunities of self-employment and economic upliftment and the ability to earn a sustainable living. They reach out to some of the poorest communities in KwaZulu-Natal; the youth, rural women, the disabled, the unemployed and persons affected by HIV and AIDS. They have built a reputation for supplying specialized, high quality products hand crafted products. Every purchase made from the African Art Centre provides a sustainable income for more than 1 000 crafters supported by the Centre.
The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) operates as a development agency for the visual arts in South Africa, promoting connection, access and innovation in our industry. This website has been developed as an up-to-the minute resource, providing information, advice and tools for artists, businesses and organisations, as well as providing a platform for research, awareness and discussion around key industry issues.
Largely supported by the Belgian Development Cooperation, Africalia equally subscribes to the European Development Aid policies. Culture is intimately linked with creativity, it stimulates intercultural dialogue and increases positive identity awareness. Culture also represents market potential and educational value, so it can play a considerable part in the fight against poverty. Moreover, culture acts on behavioural change.
The Wellington Museum, situated in the winelands of the western Cape, 45 minutes from Cape Town, features not only the cultures of various African ethnic groups but also prides itself in having ties with countries as far afield as America, England, Scotland, France, and the Netherlands.
The Toy and Miniature Museum in Stellenbosch houses a collection of 1:12 scale miniatures, room boxes, miniature houses, antique dolls, cars, cuddly toys and many others. A highlight of the toy displayed is an very detailed and life-like miniature of South Africa ‘s famous Blue train - the only one of its kind in Africa. The train travels from a miniature version of Stellenbosch through the Cape Winelands and the mountains to the Karoo where it passes Matjiesfontein before it returns back to Stellenbosch.
The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) is the legal entity that is accountable for the TANAP Programme. NWO manages also the finances and provide administrative support. A steering committee and a programme committee monitor the programme.
In 2008 the IISH acquired an extensive collection of archival materials relating to the anti-apartheid and Southern Africa solidarity groups in The Netherlands. It concerns the archives and related library and documentary collections of the three former anti-apartheid groups which merged into the Netherlands institute for Southern Africa (NiZA) in 1997.
85 Million people out on the Internet, and growing by the Day. Many of them are doing some kind of Family research. And, with Genealogy being the single FASTEST growth area on the Net. They want to provide a Resource Center, and a Genealogy site, that will allow many to “One Stop Shop” to feed their hunger for Genealogical Information.
The Cape Town Partnership was formed in 1999 as a non-profit (Section 21) organisation to mobilise and align public, private and social resources towards the urban regeneration of Cape Townâ€™s Central City. It was initiated by the City of Cape Town, the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, among others.
Siyayinqoba Beat It! provides reliable, scientifically based information to people living with HIV/AIDS, our partners, family, friends, care-givers and health workers.
The Bailey’s African History Archives (BAHA) holds 40 years of material from all the editions of Drum Magazine and its various sister publications - Golden City Post, Trust, True Love and City Press. The Archives contains a wealth of information from politics to culture and complexities of the vast Anglophone African nations
The Archives Hub provides a gateway to thousands of the UKâ€™s richest archives. Representing over 220 institutions across the country, the Archives Hub is an effective way to discover unique and often little-known sources to support your research.
The AFRITERRA Foundation is a non-profit Cartographic Library and Archive assembling and preserving the original rare maps of Africa in a definitive place for education and interpretation. They view cartography as a medium that uniquely links art, technology, and history.
The African Studies Association (ASA) was established in 1957 in the United States, and is the flagship membership organization devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa. ASA supports understanding of an entire continent in each facet of its political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific, and environmental landscape. Their members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policymakers and donors.
Matrix, the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University, is devoted to the application of new technologies for teaching, research, and outreach. As one of the premier humanities computing centers in the United States, Matrix creates and maintains online resources, provides training in computing and new teaching technologies, and creates forums for the exchange of ideas and expertise in the field.
The South African Data Archive (SADA) was established in 1993 when the director of the Danish Data Archive (DDA) was invited to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as a consultant to undertake a feasibility study on the viability of establishing a data archive in South Africa. SADA has since been incorporated into the National Research Foundation (NRF) which was established in April 1999 by the National Research Foundation Act.
Simonâ€™s Town Museum is housed in “The Residency” which was built in 1777 as the winter residence for the Dutch East India Company Governor at the Cape.
The Sanlam archive was established in 1977 with relevant historical documents of Sanlam, now housing 300 linear metres of documents produced by the firm and filials. The archives also houses a museum section of pictures, books, trophies, machinery and computer parts.
In the SABC Sound / Radio Archives, broadcasting material of cultural and historical value is preserved, ensuring an audio image of South Africa for future generations.
The African Online Digital Library (AODL) is a portal to multimedia collections about Africa. MATRIX, working in cooperation with the African Studies Center at Michigan State University, is partnering with universities and cultural heritage organizations in Africa to build this resource. Plans are underway to add digital tools in order to enable scholars to work with and add to these materials.
The mission of the African Digital Library (ADL) is to provide digitised full text resources to learners in Africa via the Internet, thereby contributing to the revitalization of education and life long learning on the continent and alleviation of the digital divide between First and Third world countries.
The Zamani Project attempts to capture the spatial domain of heritage, with a current focus on African heritage, by accurately recording its physical and architectural nature and dimensions.
The Zamani Project was initiated in 2004 in the Geomatics Division of the University of Cape Town and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation from 2004 until 2012. Presently the project is funded through the independent â€œZamani African Cultural Heritage Sites Trust”, which was established by the Philanthropist and UCT Alumni, Duncan Saville.
Druids Lodge was declared a National Monument in 1977 and with the Municipality’s consent the small museum collection so far gathered together was housed here and the official opening took place on 7’1’ of June 1977. The severe floods that ravaged the area in 1981 caused extensive damage to the building and the contents of the house were removed and stored in the then recently completed annex. The house was restored in 1984 and the museum was finally and fittingly re-opened in 1985 by Dr Frank Bradlow the historian, writer and authority on early South African artists, particularly Thomas Bowler and Thomas Bains.
The Rand Water Board (now Rand Water) was founded in 1903 with the objective of securing a permanent and reliable water supply for the ever-growing population and industries on the Witwatersrand. Since then, it has grown rapidly to become one of the largest bulk water supply authorities in the world. Currently they supply water to approximately 12 million people, covering an area of more than 31 000 square kilometres. They also supply water to more than two-thirds of the countryâ€™s industries and mines.
The Port Elizabeth Museum, which blends cultural with natural history, is the third oldest in South Africa and is the parent unit of Bayworld.
The Pinetown Museum is a multicultural museum which features many aspects of the history of the surrounding region, from development history to Zulu cultural exhibitions and natural history displays. The museum also includes a display of Stone Age artefacts, and a replica of the ‘Mrs. Ples’ skull found in the Highveld.
The Pilgrim’s Rest Museum Archive is the old TGME (Mining) Archive when Pilgrimâ€™s Rest, and the museum took over the archive in 1976.
The Oude Kerk Volksmuseum in Tulbagh is home to three buildings on the historic Church Street.
The archive was founded in 1987 for the purpose of keeping documents pertaining to Old Mutualâ€™s business which would be of use in the future planning as well as of interest historically.