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14/05/2024

Museums for Education and Research!

International Museum Day at Iziko Museums of South Africa. For media images and interview requests please contact: Zikhona Jafta at mediaofficer@iziko.org.za Iziko Museums of South Africa joins museums worldwide in preparation for International Museum Day 2024. This global celebration highlights the role and significance of museums in society today. This year’s theme: Museums for Education and Research, focuses on the importance of museum collections and exhibitions in knowledge production…

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14/05/2024

International Museum Day

5th Annual Symposium Iziko Museums of South Africa Iziko’s 5th Annual International Museum Day Symposium will launch the Museum’s programme of events. The Symposium, a public platform of enquiry and engagement, will occur from 13:00 -14:30, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 14, 15 and 16 May 2024.  These interactive lunchtime sessions highlight the work of Iziko educators, curators, collections staff and the partners with whom they collaborate. The…

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Freedom isn’t free! – Commemorating 30 years of Democracy with Iziko Museums of South Africa

The 27th April 1994 is a bittersweet moment for those who remember.  Some already up at the crack of dawn; some – filled with nervous excitement and even those filled with apprehensive uncertainty went to their voting stations, stood in queues, weathered the elements and waited their turn to make their mark. That morning was pregnant with the hopes of millions, unified in a single vision – a better…

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10/03/2024

Historic Iziko bicycles on loan to the Trail’s End Bicycle Museum.

The Iziko Social History Centre is a world-class museum facility responsible for housing, conserving and digitising the collections and archives of Iziko Museums of South Africa. Mike Bruton, Curator, Trail’s End Bicycle Museum, shares his experience. When Pieter Silberbauer approached Tessa Davids, Chief Collections Manager, Social History & Art, at Iziko Museums, he was pleasantly surprised by her positive response. We inspected the Social History Centre’s intriguing collection and…

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21/02/2024

Hotrod ants!

Nokuthula Nhleko and Simon van Noort (Research and Exhibitions Department, Iziko Museums of South Africa) Ocymyrmex resekhes with captured insect prey. Photograph by Hamish Robertson. So named for their excessive, high-speed activity in the extreme heat of the day. Highest species richness and endemicity of the genus Ocymyrmex is centred in the arid environments of south-western Africa where ambient temperatures reach over 45 degrees Celsius, and ground surface temperatures can…

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14/02/2024

New book on Wasps of the World published

Simon van Noort (Research and Exhibitions Department, Iziko Museums of South Africa) Wasps have been around since before the dinosaurs and are super successful organisms having proliferated over hundreds of millions of years to evolve, arguably, into the largest order of insects – the Hymenoptera (wasps, bees and ants). They comprise about 150 000 known species, but there are probably at least ten-times this number of unknown species. While…
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