A list of organisations and institutions relating to the archive with links to their websites.

Organisations in Africa

Organisations in Africa

Organisations in Africa for archives, heritage sites, intangible heritage, museums and memory. Please contact the Platform to put your organisation on the list.

National government ministries and statutory bodies in South Africa

Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa
This national ministry aims to develop and promote arts and culture in South Africa and mainstream its role in social development.

Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa
This national ministry manages world heritage and tourism.

Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
This national ministry manages issues relating to indigenous knowledge, especially in respect of research and innovation.

National Archives and Records Service, South Africa
Through its statutory regulation of the management of current government records, the National Archives and Records Service aims to promote efficient, accountable and transparent evidence-based governance. An Archives Advisory Council advises the Minister on archival matters.

National Arts Council, South Africa
Aims to develop and promote the arts in South Africa

National Heritage Council, South Africa
Aims for the preservation, protection and promotion of the South African heritage, both tangible and intangible, for sustainable development. Role in advising DAC, coordination and fundiing of the sector.

South African Heritage Resources Agency
Aims to provide for the identification, conservation, protection and promotion of South African heritage for present and future generations.

Non-government organisations and research institutes

Arts in Africa
This web-site is intended to be a one stop portal for information about the arts in Africa.

Africalia aims to make a contribution to sustainable human development cooperation based on what is deemed desirable by people and organisations in Africa.

African Art Centre
The African Art Centre was established under the auspices of the S.A. Institute of Race Relations in 1959, it became an autonomous non-profit organization in 1982 and now has a well established reputation for promoting black artists and craftspeople in KwaZulu-Natal.

A cultural diary for Africa

AFRICOM International Council of African Museums
AFRICOM is an International NGO promoting museum development in Africa; its secretariat is located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Architect Africa Online
News and information portal for African built environment professionals

The ARTerial network
A network promoting the arts in Africa

Cape Craft and Design Institute
The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) was set up in 2001 to promote and grow craft as an economic sector in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA)
CHDA is an international Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) located in Mombasa dedicated to the preservation, management and promotion of cultural heritage in Africa through a programme of training and development support services.

Creative Cape Town
Creative Cape Town communicates, supports and facilitates the development of the creative and knowledge economy in the Central City of Cape Town.

Ecole du Patrimoine Africain School of African Heritage, Benin
EPA is a postgraduate university institution, specialised in the preservation and promotion of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

ESARBICA (Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives) was established in 1969 in Kenya, brings together individuals and institutions concerned with the creation, use, preservation and management of recorded information in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Historical Association of South Africa (HASA)

Heritage South Africa (HASA)
Heritage South Africa was established in 1959 as the Simon van der Stel Foundation and is currently the largest and oldest national non-governmental (NGO) involved with heritage conservation, a non-profitable section 21 company with ten affiliated member organisations with almost two thousand enthusiastic volunteers.

Heritage, Museums and Memorialisation in Kenya
This three-year collaborative project is called ‘Managing Heritage, Building Peace: museums, memorialisation and the uses of memory in Kenya’. They are working with Kenyan museums, scholars, students, NGOs, communities and other civil society groups to investigate the different ways in which Kenyans are engaging with heritage, memory and identity. It is concerned both with state-led national heritage management and community-driven heritage initiatives, which include community peace museums, community ecological governance of sacred forests, and other activities around sites of memory.

Institute for the Study of Slavery and its Legacy
The Institute is the core project of the Reg September Trust and carries on the work initiated by the Roots & Visions Forum at UWC to uncover the contribution of slaves in the Cape to the identity of ‘Coloured’ people and the building of the City of Cape Town and surrounding towns and farms. It is further dedicated to uncovering within this history and heritage of slavery at the Cape, the many ties that bind ‘Coloured’, indigene Africans and the descendents of white settlers, over the course of time.

International Council of Museums-SA (ICOM-SA)
ICOM-SA is the local branch of ICOM which is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation of the world’s museums and museum professionals which is committed to preserving the world’s natural and cultural heritage.

International Council on Monuments and Sites-SA (ICOMOS-SA)
ICOMOS-SA is the local branch of ICOMOS which is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation of professionals established to advise UNESCO’s 1972 World Heritage Convention.

Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism
Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism seeks to be a critical node in the re-territorializing of global intellectual production.

John H. Marsh Maritime Research Centre
This Research Centre is housed at the Iziko Maritime Centre.

Museums online South Africa
Museums Online South Africa (MOSA)™ is run by an Association that maintains and develops an Internet portal dedicated to art, science and culture.

Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA)
OCPA is an independent pan-African non-governmental organisation aiming to enhance the development of national cultural policies in the region and their integration in human development strategies through advocacy and promoting information exchange, research, capacity building and cooperation at the regional and international level.

The Organization for Social Science Research
The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) is a regional membership-based and donor-supported research and capacity-building organization whose mission is to promote dialogue and interaction between researchers and policy-makers in Eastern and Southern Africa with a view to enhancing the impact of research on policy-making and development planning. Its headquarter is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Policy Action Network, South Africa
The Policy Action Network (P>AN) supports the policy community by sourcing information on social policy with the aim of contributing to rigour in policy making and greater participation in policy processes.

Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand
The Rock Art Research Institute holds collections that can be divided into two sections: 1.) Working collections 2.) Archival collections.

South African Museums Association
SAMA is an active association with a popular annual conference.

South African Association of Archivists

South African Historical Society
The Society is focused on generating communication among professional historians with an interest in southern African history whether they are located within the region or further afield. We welcome members from allied disciplines and professions.

South African History Online
Rewriting history, critically examining our past, strengthening the teaching of history

Trust for African Rock Art (TARA)
TARA’s mission is to create greater global awareness of the importance and endangered state of African rock art; survey sites; monitor status; be an information resource and archive; and promote and support rock art conservation measures.

The Van Riebeeck Society
The Van Riebeeck Society was founded in 1918 with the purpose of making primary sources available in a readable and enjoyable form to anyone interested in Southern African history.

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