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Category: Archival Platform

Jacqui Quin and Leon Meyer: The life of a photograph

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.

Opening the TRC Archive: a SAHA case study

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. 

What are our parliamentarians saying and hearing about archives?

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 report on local government 2012- 2013: Implications for records management

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.

Our new minister is responsible for archives too!

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.

Cecil Rhodes, Heritage Formation and Contemporary Popular Culture

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.

The Art Archive

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.

The pleasures of discovery: understanding the settlement you live in.

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.

Looking back at 2013: Looking forward to 2014

Jo-Anne Duggan pauses for a moment to reflect on the state of the archive - the good news, the challenges and the way ahead.

Archives and the “Clouds”: Legacy, Accountability and Structure

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.

Boxes in the Bantustan Basement :The Trajectories and Possibilities of the Lebowa Archive

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.

#AskACurator and African collections

Harriet Deacon comments on the excitement and silences of #AskACurator day on 18 September 2013.

Why don’t all museums and archives want to open up like the Rijksmuseum?

Harriet Deacon looks at the advantages of and barriers to promoting wider digital access to heritage collections.

Forever Etched in my Memory: The funeral poster that haunted my childhood

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.

Future archives: problematizing digital archives

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.