Nominations open for board

2018-03-07 06:00

Nominations are now open for the new board of directors to serve on the McGregor Mu­seum Board for the next five years.

The newly appointed board will be responsible to drive the strategic direction of the McGregor Museum’s provincial public entity in the Northern Cape.

They will also be liable to raise funds or accept any donation or bequest of any moneys or of any movable or immovable property made to it or its museum.

The board will receive, hold, conserve, restore and study all movable and immovable property acquired by it or in its possession for the purposes of the museum.

Furthermore, the board will exhibit or display for the benefit of the public such specimens, other objects or collections as it may consider suitable for the purpose, and maintain an accession register; decide upon an approved theme for its museum.

The Alexander McGregor Memorial Museum is a history museum, emphasising “Kimberley Firsts.”

The development of the city is also covered, including forgotten suburbs, such as the historic Malay Camp (a site of forced removal), historic buildings, monuments and much more.

Exhibitions in the McGregor Museum in Atlas Street focus on the Northern Cape environment, archaeology and history, including the ancestors gallery which depicts human history from three million years ago, as well as displays on the Siege of Kimberley, the history of the Kimberley Regiment and World War One.

Of special interest is the “Journey to Democracy” which provides an overview of the history of the liberation struggle in the province, featuring the personalities involved and a timeline from colonial times to the first democratic elections held on 27 April 1994.

Expanding in scope and function beyond the dreams of its founders, the McGregor Museum is lauded as the principal museum in the Northern Cape, with nine satellites, including (apart from the two already mentioned) the Duggan-Cronin Gallery, Dunluce House and Rudd House.

Additional are the Magersfontein Battlefield, the memorial to the Pioneers of Aviation, the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre and the Wonderwerk Cave.

The Wonderwerk Cave has the oldest evidence on earth of the use of a cave by human ancestors and the world’s oldest evidence of habitual use of fire by human ancestors one million years ago.

The museum’s mandate is not only to conserve and preserve the cultural and natural heritage of the Northern Cape, but also to make knowledge and collections accessible to as many people as possible so that their lives can be enriched and they can benefit from heritage.

The bulk of the museum’s funding is from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

  • All nominations must be in writing with the full name, address and contact details of the nominating person or organisation.

A brief letter of motivation of the nomination – not more than one page – including full names, ID number, address and contact details of the nominee, should accompany the nomination.

A signed letter of acceptance by the nominee, and a resume or CV of the nominee with certified copies of qualifications, should also be submitted.

All nominations should be submitted to the relevant office at the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

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