Natal Museum now history

2011-05-16 00:00

THE Natal Museum has been renamed the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Museum, the head of the museum council, Professor Dennis Brothers, announced last week.

Brothers said the new name was officially gazetted by former Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana in 2010, but for logistics reasons the announcement has been delayed.

The process of obtaining a new name involved public participation whereby the public at large was invited via the press to submit recommendations.

The public’s suggestions were reviewed by a panel of experts in the fields of history, onomastics (the study of proper names) and museology, and recommendations for a new name were made. “The panel recommended the name KwaZulu-Natal Museum because it was seen as a reflection of the expanding role of the museum and its broad contributions to nation building, social cohesion and national identity.

“After the review process, the proposed name was approved by the museum’s council, and was then submitted to the minister of Arts and Culture for further approval and gazetting, which was done,” he said.

The name was officially changed on May 2 in terms of the Cultural Institutions Act of 1998.

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