The registry contains information about a wide range of South African archival and memory institutions and organisations, and international collections that hold material related to Southern Africa.

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The Free State Provincial Archives and Records Service

The Free State Provincial Archives in Bloemfontein, is currently administered as a Directorate in the Chief Directorate of the Library and Archives Services Programme in the Free State Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation.

Fractal: Contemporary Arts Forum

Fractal is an ad hoc committee of the Friends of Oliewenhuis Art Museum, consisting of 3 – 10 executive members. It originated as a result of younger artists finding it increasingly difficult to make a living from the arts. The idea developed to try to promote the arts among the young people of Bloemfontein, and to involve them in productions, workshops and exhibitions.

One of our aims is to educate the general public and thus awake in them the desire to preserve our national art museums. A love among the people for art is an investment for art in the future. In the process members are also gained for the Friends of Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

Parys Museum

The Parys Museum houses hundreds of historic photos, documents and exhibits revealing the early days in Parys. Our building is also an attraction. It was erected in 1904 and built in the architectural style of the short ‘Orange River Colony’ period. Previous Tenants have included the Council, Barclays Bank, the Oranje Vroue Vereniging and the Municipal Clinic and Health Department.

Restoration of the building began in 1981 and was completed in 1982. The Museum opened in March 1983 and the building was declared a National Monument in May 1986.

The Museum was closed for a period of time but was reopened in 2010 after a dramatic effort by the local community led by the new curator Iris Andrew. Individuals and businesses contributed generously to the cause.

The museum can be visited from Monday to Friday between 09h00 and 16h00 and Saturdays from 09h00 to 13h00.

Free State Provincial Archives Repository Bloemfontein

The Free State Provincial Archives Repository in Bloemfontein, is currently administered as a Directorate in the Chief Directorate of the Library and Archives Services Programme in the Free State Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation.

Sandstone Heritage Trust

The Sandstone Heritage Trust is a private preservation initiative established on a commercial farm in the Eastern Free State in South Africa. They consider themselves not as a museum; but rather as a private collection of Heritage items on a commercial farm and the staff do their best to keep everything in tip-top condition and to show visitors around as appropriate.

Aksie Heilbron

Aksie Heilbron is a local heritage organisation affiliated to Heritage South Africa (the oldest and largest organisation involved in heritage preservation in South Africa). It is involved in various heritage related activities in and around Heilbron.

Encyclopaedia of South African Arts and Culture (ESAAC)

The Encyclopaedia of South African Arts and Culture (ESAAC) aims to provide South Africans and others interested in the field comprehensive reference material to understanding (a) aspects of South African arts and culture from antiquity to the present, and (b) the rich cultural diversity characteristic of South African society.

Anglo-Boer War Museum

The Anglo-Boer War Museum in Bloemfontein does not only give the visitor insight into the Boer War through it`s unique art collection, dioramas and exhibits but also brings the visitor closer to understanding the background against which the war took place.

Florisbad Quaternary Research Station

Florisbad is a fossil-bearing spring mound situated 45 km northwest of Bloemfontein in the central Free State Province.

National Museum, Bloemfontein

The National Museum in Bloemfontein dates back to 1877, when its collections and displays comprised mainly rarities from around the world. Since then the Museum has developed into an institution of international stature, focusing on natural history, cultural history and art.

Wagon Museum

The Wagon Museum houses a collection of historical wagons and carriages, such as a spring wagon, Voortrekker ox wagon, transport wagon, stagecoach, mule wagon, spider and Cape cart.

First Raadsaal Museum

The First Raadsaal, the oldest remaining building in Bloemfontein, is a satellite museum of the National Museum, Bloemfontein. The history of the establishment of the Free State is exhibited / depicted here.

Freshford House Museum

The Freshford House Museum is one of the few houses of the upper middle class of the Edwardian Period that still exists in Bloemfontein.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Oliewenhuis Art Museum is housed in a Neo-Dutch style mansion, completed in 1941, which served as residence for the Governor General of the Union of South Africa.

Archive of Contemporary Affairs (ARCA)

The Archive of Contemporary Affairs (ARCA) is responsible for the collection, safekeeping, arrangement and description of archivalia and for making it accessible to researchers. At present the Archive houses 957 private document collections, covering approximately 3 500m of shelving space. This includes collections from economists, politicians, churches and cultural and community leaders.

Morija Archives

The Morija Archives: is housed at the Jonathan Edwards Centre Africa, University of the Free State. hosts a unique collection assembled by missionnaries since late 19th century, that forms part of the unique history of the Basotho nation. It covers colonial records, missionnary registers, ancient newspapers and valuable material in French as well as German and many African languages including of course Sesotho.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) was established in November 1956 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide humanitarian relief and welfare. Originally called Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service or SAWS, the name was changed to Seventh-day Adventist World Service in 1973.

ADRA was registered in South Africa in August 2000 incorporating the rich history of Adventist Community Services (ACS) which operated since 1973, and Meals on Wheels which operated in South Africa since 1964, and other community programmes like Love in Action and dorcas societies.  ADRA South Africa now benefits from the global ADRA network as well as from the rich local history of the community service of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Africa.

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