Cultural History

Activities of the Cultural History Division
  • This division of the University Museum is responsible for research and exhibitions about the SU’s history.
  • It presents public lectures on numerous cultural-historical topics, such as architectural styles, period furniture, pictorial Africana and folk music. The lectures are generally held at the museum itself, but also elsewhere in the country if requested.
  • The division presents short courses throughout South Africa for members of the public or for departments of local governments or of the national government. Topics include museology, various South African architectural styles and heritage conservation.
  • In addition, the University Museum reaches out to communities and towns wanting to erect their own museums. Assistance is provided with training, research and the installation of the museums themselves. Museums already established with the help of the University Museum are those in:
    • The town of Elim in the Overberg region,
    • La Motte Estate in Franschhoek,
    • Jan Kriel School in the Cape Town suburb of Kuils River and
    • Pniël, a hamlet which is part of the greater Stellenbosch municipal area.