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“On Youth Day we honour the memory of the students who lost their lives during the Soweto Uprising in 1976, and reflect on the role that the youth played in achieving a democratic South Africa. Our museums are spaces where cultural and historical exploration invokes discussion and debate. We inspire them to learn from and appreciate our collective heritage and culture, for their future and their children’s futures,” says Rooksana Omar, Chief Executive Officer, Iziko Museums of South Africa.
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NHMAAC) and George Washington University (GWU), recently announced the findings of an international research partnership. The Slave Wrecks Project (SWP) provides new knowledge on the Transatlantic Slave Trade, focusing on the São José slave wreck, discovered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.
Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko), in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and George Washington University will announce the findings of an international research partnership this evening at the Iziko Slave Lodge Museum. The Slave Wrecks Project (SWP,) first formed in 2008, provides new knowledge on the Transatlantic Slave Trade, focusing on the São José slave wreck ship, discovered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.
Celebrate Africa Day with free entry to Iziko Museums of South Africa on Monday, 25 May*. Embrace African unity by exploring our diverse heritage, art and natural history collections at Iziko.
Iziko Museums of South Africa Curator, Dr Roger M. H. Smith, was recognised as a pioneering international scholar and awarded an A-rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF) for his research in palaeontology and other spheres of geology. Dr Smith, Curator Karoo Palaeontology, has worked as a palaeontologist, based at the Iziko South African Museum since 1983 His research specialty is to combine field-generated geological and palaeontological data into reconstructions of ancient ecosystems.
Head to Iziko Museums of South Africa on International Museum Day. Iziko has an exciting programme of free events and activities for International Museum Week, promising hours of fun and edutainment for the whole family. The fun starts on Monday, 11 May and will continue until International Museum Day (IMD) on Monday, 18 May when visitors are granted free access to our museums! The IMD theme for 2015 is ‘Museums for a sustainable society’.
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, is proud to announce the launch of an accompanying website to the exhibition, There’s something I must tell you. Currently on show at the Iziko Slave Lodge, the exhibition showcases work by acclaimed South African artist, Sue Williamson, spanning a period of 30 years. The website serves to augment the exhibition, providing those who are unable to visit the museum, with access to Williamson’s work.
Scientists are now able to easily identify parasitoid wasps, occurring in the African and Madagascan regions, via free online resources. The initiative, launched by Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Swedish Museum of Natural History, aims to facilitate future research on the ecologically and agriculturally important parasitoid wasps.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting a retrospective exhibition of works by South African artist and former political activist, Omar Badsha. The exhibition entitled Seedtime, will be displayed at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and showcases Badsha’s early drawings, artworks and celebrated photographic essays, spanning a period of 50 years.
The Groot Constantia Manor House Museum will re-open to the public this weekend. The historic core at the Groot Constantia Wine Estate is managed by Iziko Museums of South Africa.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting an exhibition of paintings by the well-known Cape Town maritime artist, Peter Bilas. The exhibition entitled Gateway to Antarctica is curated by the Ship Society of South Africa in association with Stellenbosch University and GAC shipping. Gateway to Antarctica is comprised of 11 paintings depicting historical ships that have visited the Antarctic region, and will be publicly displayed for the first time at the Iziko Maritime Centre in Union-Castle House, V&A Waterfront.
Celebrate Human Rights Day with free entry to Iziko Museums of South Africa*. Museums are places of engagement and wonder, providing the opportunity to travel through time, delving into the past. Experience a day of family fun exploring our history, art and culture. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy the lively melodies of the Cape Town Festival concert, in the Iziko Amphitheatre, Company’s Gardens from 10h00.