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This year, 2016, marks several keystones in the history of South Africa. The 60th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to Pretoria against pass laws, the declaration of District Six as a whites-only area in 1966 (under the Group Areas Act of 1950), the 40th anniversary of the 1976 youth protests, (mainly against the introduction of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction), and the 1986 declaration of a state of emergency (the first was in 1985) by the South African government intended to repress and curb mass action.
Today, whales are quite an attraction along our coastline. A new study, recently published in Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, Alcheringa, confirms that baleen whales were also part of the biodiversity in the waters along our coast, between 5-7million years ago. These fossilised whale bones are significant because there are only a few whale fossils known from Africa.
Africa Day commemorate our cultural diversity and unity. Iziko museums of South Africa as an organisation comprise of a diversified team.
Africa Day, 25 May 2016, themed “We are Africa”, gives us the opportunity to explore and engage with our African-ness. To take pride, as an African, in the rich legacy of this vast, majestic continent - from the pyramids of Giza in the north, to the learned texts of Mali in its heart, to the magnificent rock art of the Khoi San in the south. What does this mean to South Africans, dangling at Africa’s foot? Iziko Museums of South Africa offers the perfect platform for your personal dialogue with Africa.
On Wednesday, 18 May 2016, Iziko Museums of South Africa joins the global museum community to celebrate International Museum Day under the banner “Museums and Cultural Landscapes.” Entrance is free (excluding the Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope) and an exciting programme of activities is planned starting at 10 am.
Last year, Iziko Museums asked Diana Ferrus to write a poem in memory of the 300 slaves who drowned when the Portuguese slave ship, São José wrecked off the coast of Clifton, Cape Town in 1794. The ship was en route from Mozambique to Brazil when it ran aground due to adverse weather.
Our Green Turtle’s case will be renovated soon and it needs a name to go with its shiny, new case!
For all new, upcoming and current exhibitions, planetarium shows, education and public programmes and events, and Friends activities currently on at Iziko Museums of South Africa, please see the Iziko website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute details.
Funding support from individual, corporate and donor sponsors enables us to ensure the widest possible access to our collections, exhibitions and sites. Iziko Fundraising Coordinator, Ahmien van der Walt, spoke to Corinne Abel, Chief Executive Officer of the HCI Foundation, one of Iziko’s partners, about their ongoing corporate social investment initiatives at Iziko Museums of South Africa.
We’re trying to find a name for our female Green Turtle in the display case on Government Avenue. The new turtle name and winner will be announced on Wednesday, 4 May 2016. So rack your brain, and name the turtle!
Despite their history, our museum spaces are beautiful, and repurposing these spaces for modern use brings the past and present together in new and interesting ways, and keeps these important narratives alive. For any individuals who wish to add an element of historical impact to their event, the Slave Lodge Courtyard, Lecture Hall and Foyer can all be hired out for the purposes of private, public or corporate functions.
An exciting and fun-filled Cape Town Festival: One City, Many Cultures Human Rights Day Programme will be held in the amphitheatre in front of the Iziko South African Museum. Join us for this cultural spectacular, with well-known and talented community artists performing at this free concert– and why not pop into any of our museums while you’re here? Entry to Iziko museums is *free on Human Rights Day!