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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Beck Family Private Art Collection

The Beck Family’s vast art collection is on display at two properties, the Steenberg Hotel and the Graham Beck Wines in Robertson. These locations are proud to display an exquisite selection of artworks from Graham and Rhona Beck’s private collection, profiling some of South Africa’s most famous and respected artists.

South African Society of Artists (SASA)

The South African Society of Artists (SASA) was founded to cater specifically to the practicing artist, and is the oldest surviving organization of its kind in South Africa. It was first founded on Saturday, the 8th of May 1897, but ceased to function after the outbreak of the South African War in 1899 (formerly known as the first Anglo-Boer War). The society was reincarnated in September 1902, and this date is now recognized as the society’s official establishment.

Oude Libertas Art Gallery

The Art Gallery at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch offers both aspiring and established artists a platform to showcase their work.

Art @ Constantia

The Art @ Constantia Gallery is a permanent exhibition venture being curated by Lyn Atterbury and James Hodgson at the beautiful Groot Constantia Wine Estate. They aim to provide a platform for established local and emerging artists to showcase the best that they have to offer in their expressions of paint on canvas. The curators’ view is that artists not only enrich a community with the beauty of their work, but that they (the artists) also help to educate, inspire and stimulate the hearts and minds of many.

Marvol Museum (Hazendal Wine Estate)

The Marvol Museum of Russian Art and Culture is a unique addition to any wine tasting tour and offers South Africans a new insight into the far away country of Russia. The gallery features Dr Mark Voloshin‘s own private collection of Russian paintings, art and ornaments and is a testament to his commitment to sharing his culture with the world.

Saronsberg Art Collection

Saronsberg’s avant-garde tasting room houses the Saronsberg Collection, a permanent display of contemporary South African art which includes paintings and sculptures.

Holden Manz Art Collection

The Holden Manz Art Collection is located in the centre of Franschhoek and hosts a portfolio of fine contemporary African art.

Grande Provance Art Gallery

The Gallery at Grande Provence has established itself as a leading location for contemporary South African art and a home for some of the best known South African artists.

KWV Sensorium

The KWV Art Collection includes a vast range of impressive works from selected South African artists. These works have each been diligently paired to one of KWV’s wines – culminating in a unique winelands experience.

Spier Public Arts Festival: Infecting the City (ITC)

Infecting The City (ITC) is a festival of provocative, site-specific performance works, presented by the Africa Centre. It pushes the boundaries of performance and festival programming, and engages a broad spectrum of people – often those who would never consider watching a performance.

Spier Films SA

Spier Films operates in the production, world sales, financing and distribution sectors of the film industry.

Spier Films has produced the groundbreaking films U-Carmen eKayelitsha (Golden Bear winner at the 2005 Berlinale) and Son of Man (official selection Sundance Film Festival 2006), and an adaptation of Athol Fugard’s famous play Master Harold and the Boys.

Africa Centre

The Africa Centre was established in 2005 as an international creative centre and social innovator based in Cape Town, South Africa. The vision of the Africa Centre is brought to life with a number of projects that either play out through the calendar year, or online.

Spier Architectural Art (SAA)

SPIER ARCHITECTURAL ARTS is an arm of the Spier Arts Trust, which offers turnkey artistic solutions to architectural needs.

Spier Art Collection

Spier has one of the most extensive contemporary art collections in the country.

Rupert Museum

The Rupert Museum showcases the unique private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert.

La Motte Museum

The La Motte Museum offers a stimulating cultural-historical experience, with displays depicting aspects of the Rupert family, focusing on Dr. Anton and Mrs. Huberte Rupert and the musical career of their daughter Hanneli Rupert.

South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA)

SANAVA is the oldest, constitutionally established, most representative, national non-governmental association for the promotion of the visual arts in South Africa, its origin dating back to 1851 when the Cape Fine Arts Society (CFAS) was established.

Art Creations Africa

Art Creations Africa boasts with a stone sculpture gallery and garden, exhibiting sculptures by top artists such as Nikolas Mukomberanwe, Henry Munyaradzi and Sylvester Mubayi. Art Creations Africa has grown to become one of Africa’s largest exporters of African Shona stone sculptures over the past 19 years.

Association for Visual Arts (AVA)

The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) boasts a large and vibrant exhibition space for both experienced and emerging artists. The Association For Visual Arts (AVA) in partnership with Spier, is one of Cape Town’s oldest non-profit art galleries, showcasing contemporary South African art in all media.

Sasol Art Museum (Stellenbosch University Museum)

The Sasol Art Museum (Stellenbosch University Museum) is housed in a Dutch Neo-classical building that dates back to 1907. After being used as the Bloemhof School for a period, the building was restored and restructured and re-opened as an art museum in 1991. Most of the restoration work was funded by a substantial grant from Sasol and so the museum was named the ‘Sasol Art Museum’.

Sanlam Art Collection

The Sanlam Art Collection, established in 1965, is one of South Africa’s finest collections of South African Art.  With holdings of more than 2000 items by some of South Africa’s most valued and emerging artists the collection provides a representative overview of South African art dating from the late nineteenth century to the present.  Sanlam continues to acquire works by South African artists to broaden the representative character of the collection.

Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa (ICRSA)

The Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa (ICRSA) was established in 1999, and is a research unit of the University of Cape Town dedicated to the post-colonial study of religion and religions.

Research Institute on Christianity in SA (RICSA)

The Research Institute on Christianity in South Africa‘s vision is to be an African institute at the University of Cape Town which produces high quality research on Christianity in South Africa which contributes to a more just and sustainable society.

O'Malley's Heart of Hope Website

The Heart of Hope website is the product of almost two decades of research by Padraig O’Malley.

Doxa Productions

Doxa Productions is an independent documentary film, video digitising and interactive design company based in Cape Town, South Africa. It was formed in 1987 by Craig Matthew and Joelle Chesselet, who were both covering political developments in South Africa for international news networks and agencies at the time.

Robben Island Museum (RIM)

Robben Island Museum (RIM) was established in 1997, and the museum operates as a site and living museum. It aims to develop the Island as a national and international heritage and conservation institution.

South African Biodiversity Information Facility (SABIF)

The South African Biodiversity Information Facility (SABIF) was established by the Department of Science and Technology, in an endeavor to facilitate free and open access to the biodiversity data of South Africa and in this manner contribute to the sustainable development of the country.

Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is located in the historical center of Stellenbosch and is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa. This compact Garden houses an enormous diversity of plants, both indigenous to South Africa and exotic.

University of the Western Cape Herbarium

The UWC Herbarium dates from 1962, when Prof J B Gouws, the first professor in Botany started a small teaching herbarium in the then Department of Botany.  By 1980, the collection numbered nearly 3000 specimens and was moved out of its cramped office to the present spacious building which also serves as a seminar room for staff and senior students.  Currently it holds close to 7 000 specimens.

Southern Cape Herbarium

The rich flora of the Southern Cape is one of the region’s most precious assets. The Herbarium has produced comprehensive species lists, data-bases, over 10 000 mounted plant specimens.

Grootfontein Herbarium

The herbarium at Grootfontein is one of the very few herbaria in the Karoo and Northern Cape Province and by law invested in the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) it can never be closed as it has existed for more than 60 years.

Bolus Herbarium

The Bolus Herbarium was established in 1865, is the oldest functioning herbarium in South Africa. As part of an academic institution its primary function is to aid in the teaching and research of the diversity of the southern African flora, particularly that of the Cape Floristic Region. Research associated with the herbarium focuses mainly on taxonomy, systematics, biogeography and endemism.

Compton Herbarium

The Compton Herbarium is located in the Kirstenbosch Research Centre at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town.

The collection houses approximately 750 000 specimens covering mainly the winter rainfall region of southern Africa, but there are also many valuable specimens from around the world in the South African Museum (SAM) collection. For historical reasons the SAM collections, the oldest in the country, are kept and managed separately from the general herbarium.

Harry Molteno Library

The Harry Molteno Library is located at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town. It dates back to 1913 when the Garden was founded. Since that time it has grown considerably and has moved several times. It is presently housed in the Kirstenbosch Research Centre, built in 1993 and named after Harry Molteno, who was instrumental in establishing the Molteno Trust, which funded the Kirstenbosch Research Centre.

Iziko Museums

This large group of museums includes the South African Museum, the SA National Gallery, the Slave Lodge, the William Fehr Collection and other institutions in Cape Town.

UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archives

The UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archives provide a unique and often fragile documentary record of South African history and culture, particularly with regard to the apartheid period, the freedom struggle and political imprisonment in South Africa.

Centre for Contemporary Islam (CCI)

The Centre for Contemporary Islam (CCI) was founded in 1995 to bring attention to the scholarly study of Islam and Muslim societies and communities in Africa and beyond. Since then, it has completed a number of research projects and cooperated with researchers and institutes across the globe.

Heritage Museum, Simonstown

The Heritage Museum was established in Amlay House (built in 1858), which belonged to the Amlay family of Simon’s Town until they were forcibly removed from the town when it was declared a white group area on 1 September 1967 under the Group Areas Act of the Nationalist Government. The family were removed in 1975 and were the first former residents to return to Simon’s Town in 1995.

Bo-Kaap The Cape Malay Quarter

This website is about the multicultural area, called the Bo-Kaap, and is updated by people who live or have previously lived in Bo-Kaap. we hope you enjoy the website as much as we do putting it all together!

Music, Memory and Migration in the Post-Holocaust Jewish Experience

The initiative stems from a number of different activities, primarily project leader Steve Muir’s WUN Research Mobility-funded ethnographic investigation of South African Jewish Choral Music (Cape Town, 2012, supported by the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town), and also the conference of music from the Terezin concentration camp (Leeds College of Music, 2012). They hope that this initial project will pump-prime future collaborative research into these and related areas.

Kaplan Centre

The Kaplan Centre seeks to stimulate and promote the whole field of Jewish studies and research at the University with a special focus on the South African Jewish community. Multi-disciplinary in scope, scholars are encouraged to participate in a range of fields including history, political science, education, sociology, comparative literature and the broad spectrum of Hebrew and Judaic studies. The centre is engaged in research and acts as a coordinating unit in the University of Cape Town.

South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation

The South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation is dedicated to creating a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued. The various centres serve as a memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust and all victims of Nazism; to teach about the consequences of prejudice, racism and discrimination; and to promote an understanding of the dangers of indifference, apathy and silence.

South African Jewish Museum

The South African Jewish Museum offers visitors a truly unique experience with its bold architectural design, interactive multi-media displays, and engaging accounts of South African Jewish history. The museum was officially opened by old president Nelson Mandela in 2000.

The main body of the museum faces onto a paved landscaped court linking the Old Synagogue (1863) - the first Synagogue built on South African soil - , the Great Synagogue (1905), and the Albow Centre, which comprises the South African Jewish Museum shop, the Gitlin Library, the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, and the Israel Abrahams Hall.

Outsiders Within: New Resources for Community Histories in South Africa

The Outsiders Within: New resources for Community Histories in South Africa-project houses a rich variety of materials which date back to the 1740’s and will no doubt shed new light on the history of Lutherans in particular and Cape society in general.

South African History Online (SAHO)

South African History Online (SAHO) is the largest independent history education and research institute in the country. It was established in June 2000, as a non-profit Section 21 organisation. The organisation is run by an independent Board of Directors, comprising historians and people from the private sector. SAHO’s aim is to promote history and the arts and to address the bias in written history as represented in South African educational and cultural institutions.

Islam Religion in South Africa: Culture and Heritage Collections

The first Muslims that arrived in the Cape Colony, came as political exiles. Many of them were from noble and honourable families who fought against the colonisation of their lands by the Dutch and the British. They were sent to South Africa as prisoners. The colonisers tried to stop their influence in Indonesia, Malaysia,  Africa and India.

History, Heritage, Identity: Arabic manuscripts in Cape Muslim Families

South African Jewish Community: History and Collections

The Jewish links to South Africa are said to start with the Portuguese voyages of exploration around the cape in 1452. Jews were involved in these early voyages as mapmakers, navigators and sailors.The Portuguese were not interested in settling in the Cape, but used it as a route to the profitable trading areas of Asia.

The first Jewish congregation was founded in 1841 in Cape Town by an English Jew, Benjamin Norden. He was one of several Jews who arrived in the eastern Cape as part of the 1820 Settlers- the first real British attempt to provide permanent colonial settlement. Most of these early Jewish settler families have totally assimilated.

Moravian Church of South Africa

The Moravian Mission was the first missionary society in South Africa when one of its missionaries, Georg Schmidt, established a mission station at Baviaanskloof (later renamed Genadendal = Valley of Grace) in the Cape Province in 1737. After some confrontations with neighbouring Boer farmers and the dominant Dutch Reformed Church, Schmidt was forced to leave the Cape. When the Moravians were allowed to return in 1792, the missionaries found remnants of the first missionary congregation still active. From Genadendal the mission spread throughout the Cape colony.

The Moravian Church in South Africa of today has two regions (Western and Eastern) and is largely confined to the old Cape Province. Even though it is an independent church, it has historical links to the Lutheran church going back many years. It is a member of LUCSA; AACC; SACC; LWF; and MUB.

Dutch Reformed Church

The most comprehensive archival repository for the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (English: Dutch Reformed Church) can be found at the Church Archives in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

It houses archival collections of the General Synod, as well as of six of the district synods of the Dutch Reformed Church. Additionally, it also houses the archives of the United Reformed Church’s general and Cape synods.

Other archival repositories include the digital records of the South African Family History-project which has digitized almost half a MILLION images of the Dutch Reformed Church all over Africa including Botswana, Malawi, Namibia and then South Africa (amongst others).

Lutheran Church of Southern Africa Archival Collections

In 2011 the Lutheran Church, in South Africa, undertook a heritage assessment of their properties in Strand Street, Cape Town (the Church, Gold Museum, Netherlands Consulate and Courtyard behind), and in that process realised that there was an archive of information that had never been made publicly accessible before.

The Lutheran Seminary in Minnesota, U.S.A, also holds a vast collection of materials pertaining to Lutheran missionary activities in South Africa.

FOUR HOSPITALS: 1930s-1978 (UKZN Doctoral Thesis, 2012)


Stellenbosch University Archival Collections

The Library and Information Service acquired a substantial collection of rare and valuable books, documents, manuscripts and other material over many years by way of bequests, donations and purchases. Special Collections is located on the upper level of the JS Gericke Library, the central library of the Library and Information Service.

This division of the library has as its primary mission the acquisition and preservation of rare materials, making it accessible to clients as well as preserving it for posterity. The division consists of three sections namely Manuscripts, Africana and Rare Books. Each of these sections provides a specialised service and concentrates on specific areas of interest.

University of the Western Cape Special Collections and Research Repository

UWC Special Collections:

These collections hold a wide variety of records and different media. The mission of Special Collections is to support UWC in fulfilling its research, teaching and learning goals by collecting, preserving and making accessible primary resource material of unique and enduring research value to graduates, faculty and other researchers.

UWC Research Repository:

The repository is a service that stores, distributes and displays digital copies of research output of UWC faculty. Search across the entire collection or browse amongst the research communities associated with our faculties. Researchers register for an account and are given authorization to deposit files to relevant collections.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology: Service Collections

The various libraries at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology houses an array collections which include a small collection of Africana materials, an audio-visual collection, a transformation collection and a Cape Technikon archive collection.

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