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A day in the life of a Collections Assistant at the Entomology Collection, Iziko South African Museum

08/04/2021

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The Entomology collection is one of the oldest, if not the oldest collection in South Africa. All material accessioned into the collection is acquired through either donations or collections made by Iziko research staff or research staff from other institutions. The Entomology Collection is very dynamic and it takes a lot of discipline and good planning to manage this collection. 

Our duty as Collection Assistants is to assist the Collections Manager in the management of the insect collection. We are actively involved in pest management, GRAP 103 processes, educational programs, processing of loans and donations, cataloguing, accessioning and the digitization of specimens and we even assist visitors. We never have a dull moment at work and feel motivated, encouraged and want to learn more. 

We take great care of our specimens as we understand the purpose of these collections. We are also very aware that these specimens are irreplaceable and invaluable. We miss “Conservation Monday”! Every Monday we would all get together and clean our collections areas, storerooms and storage rooms. We would also do physical checks for pests on this day. We take great pride in our work and we strive to maintain a healthy working environment. 

We absolutely love what we do and we enjoy working together as team to ensure that institutional goals are met. 

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Iziko Museums’ Winter Operating Hours Update.

Please be advised that the weekend(SAT and SUN) operating hours have been adjusted.

The museums will operate from 08h30 to 16h00 on weekends during winter.

Saturdays from 08h30 to 16h00

Iziko South African Museum, Iziko South African National Gallery,

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum and Iziko Slave Lodge.

Sundays from 08h30 to 16h00

Iziko South African Museum and Iziko South African National Gallery.

The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome will be closed on

Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 24 July 2024.

We apologise unreservedly for any inconvenience caused.

Please be advised that all tickets bought online can be rescheduled.

Iziko Museums of South Africa

Dear Visitor 

 

Iziko Museums’ Winter Operating Hours Update. 

 

Please be advised that the weekend(SAT and SUN) operating hours have been adjusted. 

The museums will open operate from 08h30 to 16h00 on weekends during winter.

 

Saturdays from 08h30 to 16h00

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, Iziko South African National Gallery, 

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum and Iziko Slave Lodge. 

 

Sundays from 08h30 to 16h00

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium and Iziko South African National Gallery. 

 

By order 

Iziko Management.