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The SASA: Archival conference on public programming, outreach and advocacy

The SASA conference brought a range of interesting initiatives – and challenges into view, and a timely reminder that archives are preserved so that they can be made accessible and used! 

SHIFTY SEPTEMBER: Celebrating 30 years of seditious sounds

In Heritage Month The South African History Archive (SAHA) pays tribute to the Shifty Records music label, combining exhibitions, documentary screenings, panel discussions and, of course, concerts to celebrate the Shifty story of musical activism in the struggle for democracy in South Africa.

Social Networks and Archival Context Releases Prototype Historical Research Tool

The prototype is an aggregate of biographical information about people, both individuals and groups, who created or are documented in historical resources. Users can explore the lives of individual people, organizations, and families; browse featured descriptions; and discover and locate connected historical resources that document these lives.

Draft National Museum Policy for comment

The Department of Arts and Culture has released a Draft National Museum Policy for comment.

Address by Minister Mthethwa at the Policy Debate Vote 14, National Council of Provinces, (NCOP 2014

On 24 July 2014 Minster Nathi Mthethwa addressed the NCOP announcing that, “Our plan for the next five years responds to the unfinished business of economic transformation as a framework for the economic vitality of our social and cultural fabric. It restores social transformation as a pillar for nation building and unity”.

Address by Minister Mthethwa at the Budget Vote of DAC, 2014

On 17 Juy 2014 Minister Nathi Mthethwa delivered the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) Budget Speech which he titled, “Unleashing the economic power of the arts” and in which he affirmed the DAC’s commitment to sustaining and growing a nation “at peace with itself and the world.”

Peter Alcock’s KwaZulu-Natal research

New Paper from Peter Alcock, :The Hills Above Pietermaritzburg: An Appreciation” now available to download from our website.

Bringing Nat Nakasa Home

Almost 20 years after his death in New York in 1995, Nat Nakasa’s remains may be repatriated for reburial in his homeland.

Archival Platform registry of archival and memory institutions and organisations now online!

With close to 600 individual archives, museums and other organisations and institutions listed thus far, the registry is intended to provide the public with a ready- and easy-to-use collection of information and data pertaining to archival repositories and other institutions that may assist them in their personal and/or professional research.

Digital Memory Toolkit

McNulty Consulting have developed a Ditial Memory Toolkit which is available free of chatge on their website.

Tribute to Terry Cook

Verne Harris pays tribute to Terry Cook, an archivist who played a pivotal role in the development of archival thinking, education, and advocacy, in Canada and around the world.

British Pathé Publishes Archive On YouTube

Film archive British Pathé has released its entire collection to YouTube, making more than 85,000 rare 20th Century videos available to the public.

Western Cape Digitisation Policy: for comment by 30 April 2014

The Western Cape has published a draft digitisation policy for the Western Cape Government and Municipalities for comment.

50th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s landmark “Speech from the Dock”.

The 20th of April 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Madiba’s renowned ‘Speech from the Dock’. To mark this anniversary the Nelson Mandela Foundation has released a rare photograph of Madiba taken on the 12th of June 1964 when he was leaving the court.

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