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100 Artefacts to tell SU’s story - Stellenbosch University

Centenary News

100 Artefacts to tell SU’s story

4 May 2018

The Stellenbosch University Museum will soon host an exhibition, 100 Artefacts, in commemoration of the Centenary year of Stellenbosch University (SU).

This exhibition aims to creatively narrate the stories of the University of the past 100 years.

Prof Matilda Burden, Senior Curator: Museum research, says the items on display will each have its own unique story to tell and is directly linked to the University.

“Although we are still looking for items, we have already received various interesting artefacts. The artefact might not tell one continuous story of the University, but each has a story that contributes to how we know the University today.”

Some of the items already donated, includes a Feldmeyer iron used back in the day when the University had a Departement of Home Economics. The department was later known as Department of Consumer studies, but was phased out completely.

There is also a film camera, most probably dating from the 30’s or even earlier, used by the renown ‘Oom Pietie Le Roux’ to record activities of the Stellenbosch Boereorkes. Le Roux started the orchestra in 1933 with members he recruited among SU students.

Prof Burden calls on the SU community to contact her should they have any items of interest to lend to the University for this exhibition.

It is not only items from bygone days that will be part of the exhibition, but also items from our recent past. Burden is especially looking for items from residences or items used at protest actions at the past few years.

“There might be someone who still has a t-shirt of Open Stellenbosch or a poster that was used at the #FeesMustFall protest. These items can all make a contribution to the story we want to tell.

The exhibition will be on show for about two years at the University Museum and all items will be given back to the owners.

  • For more information, please contact Prof Burden at mb4@sun.ac.za


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