Category: Archival Platform
Jo-Anne Duggan traces the fascinating life story of the photograph of Jaqui and her husband Leon Meyer taken in the mortuary in Maseru and published in the Sunday Times on 22 December 1985. The life of this particular picture took a couple of unexpected turns as it made its way in the world. It didn’t, like others published in the same edition of the newspaper slip quietly into obscurity, to lie dormant in the archive. It left its mark on the family and on the photographer and it took on another life, inspiring a novel and being implicated in some way or another in a bombing.
Catherine Kennedy, director of the South African History Archive (SAHA) describes the work her organisation has done to making the work and records of, and surrounding, the South African TRC more readily accessible, drawing on the recommendations made by the TRC itself to direct its work.
The Archival Platform has argued that the significance of the archives, and the role that national and provincial archives and records services play in ensuring the proper management and care of all government records is insufficiently recognised and acknowledged by our leaders and decision-makers. In this post Jo-Anne Duggan turns to the Hansard to find out what our parliamentarians are saying - and hearing - about archives.
The AGSA’s Consolidated general report on the audit outcomes of Local Government 2012-2013 indicates that in many instances record keeping is inadequate of non-existent! In this post we consider the statements made about the state of record keeping in this report, and the measures put in place to improve the situation.
In all the uproar surrounding the appointment of our new minister something positive has emerged: arts and culture organisations have been coming out in defence of the sector, explaining why arts and cuture matters in society. We put the case for archives.
Duane Jethro, notes that as the state has chosen not to ‘unsettle’ apartheid-era monuments and heritage sites activists have taken matters into their own hands and staged various cultural interventions in an attempt to disrupt these static commemorations of power.
Emile considers the ‘art archive’, the visual constructons of the human imagination that stand alongside other forms of the human trace such as letters, books, oral testimonies, etc., and as important in understanding the meaning and scope of archive and memory.
Stephen Townsend shares his delight in the pleasure of discovering the places we inhabit, through the archive, and offers researchers interested in exploring the archive of the built environment some useful tips.
Jo-Anne Duggan pauses for a moment to reflect on the state of the archive - the good news, the challenges and the way ahead.
Graham Dominy’s blog examines the state of the archives system in South Africa in terms of its constitutional, legal and administrative mandates. This post is s based on a seminar presented at the Public Affairs Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in May 2013.
Laura Phillips visits the archives of the former Lebowa and concludes that the disorder she finds there is the product of a very particular set of historical and administrative circumstances.
Harriet Deacon comments on the excitement and silences of #AskACurator day on 18 September 2013.
Harriet Deacon looks at the advantages of and barriers to promoting wider digital access to heritage collections.
This evocative post by Xolelwa Kashe-Katiya’s reminds us of the power of the archive and the opportunities that digitisation offers to make fragments of the past broadly accessible in the present.
Carolien Greyling considers the the benefit of digitizating archives, especially for making material more easily accessible, but wonders if the cost of this will, in fact, keep these resources out-of reach.