Museum shows rich cultural heritage

2019-05-08 06:00

The Basotho nation’s rich heritage encompassing life style to wars took centre stage on 25 and 26 April.

This took place during an educational workshop on the Caledon River Museum in Smithfield.

The two-day event focused on promoting the importance of a museum as an information source, which also preserves history and culture.

The Caledon River Museum boasts great exhibitions on the Basotho culture, Basotho Wars, the Bersheeba Mission Station and the highly acclaimed national heritage object – Old Grietjie, a ship’s cannon.

Smithfield in the Southern Free State was founded in 1848 as a church centre on the farm Waterval, owned by C.S. Halse.

The town’s history pertaining to Basotho dates in 1855 when a peace meeting was held between Sir George Grey and Moshoeshoe, King of the Basotho people.

The two-day educational workshop programme at the Caledon River Museum is part of the annual Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation’s services.

The programme’s objectives include among others to foster social transformation, nation building and social cohesion, and also to maximi­se the public’s participation in mu­seums.

“The department conducts outreach projects across our museums in order to maximise community interest in our heritage and to raise their level of consciousness.

“This initiative also assists to entrench the understanding of the importance of our museums in society,” said MEC Mathabo Leeto.

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