Centenary: Voortrekker Museum appeals to city

2011-11-03 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG residents can help the Voortrekker Museum reflect the city’s history by donating any historical items or oral accounts for the museum’s centenary celebration next year.

As part of the celebration the museum will be upgrading some of its exhibitions and is in need of sport and political history items.

Research officer Elrica Olivier said they are looking for information to better understand and preserve heritage for future generations.

“Our museum has grown over 100 years and the history has grown as well. The Church of the Vow has gone through various stages, but we do have pictures detailing that progression. “It was once used as a bookshop, a school, a pharmacy and even a mineral water factory.

“We are not only looking for things, but we need people who are willing to share stories that were told to them by their relatives who were alive during that time,” explained Olivier.

The museum is also upgrading 29 exhibition panels at 333 Boom Street displaying the Anglo Boer War.

For the Church of the Vow and the Jansen Extension all the displays in each building will be redone, while for the PMB sport display more items are needed to fill seven panels as currently only four panels are on display.

Olivier added that there are also plans to make the museum interactive, but for now the focus is on getting people to share the information they have of the past for future generations. “It gets difficult to preserve history as people are dying without documenting vital information.

“We are urging anyone who has any­thing to donate to come forward, no matter how small it is,” she said.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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