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Last year, Iziko Museums asked Diana Ferrus to write a poem in memory of the 300 slaves who drowned when the Portuguese slave ship, São José wrecked off the coast of Clifton, Cape Town in 1794. The ship was en route from Mozambique to Brazil when it ran aground due to adverse weather.
Our Green Turtle’s case will be renovated soon and it needs a name to go with its shiny, new case!
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Funding support from individual, corporate and donor sponsors enables us to ensure the widest possible access to our collections, exhibitions and sites. Iziko Fundraising Coordinator, Ahmien van der Walt, spoke to Corinne Abel, Chief Executive Officer of the HCI Foundation, one of Iziko’s partners, about their ongoing corporate social investment initiatives at Iziko Museums of South Africa.
We’re trying to find a name for our female Green Turtle in the display case on Government Avenue. The new turtle name and winner will be announced on Wednesday, 4 May 2016. So rack your brain, and name the turtle!
Despite their history, our museum spaces are beautiful, and repurposing these spaces for modern use brings the past and present together in new and interesting ways, and keeps these important narratives alive. For any individuals who wish to add an element of historical impact to their event, the Slave Lodge Courtyard, Lecture Hall and Foyer can all be hired out for the purposes of private, public or corporate functions.
An exciting and fun-filled Cape Town Festival: One City, Many Cultures Human Rights Day Programme will be held in the amphitheatre in front of the Iziko South African Museum. Join us for this cultural spectacular, with well-known and talented community artists performing at this free concert– and why not pop into any of our museums while you’re here? Entry to Iziko museums is *free on Human Rights Day!
Human Rights Day, on 21 March is one of the commemorative days celebrated by Iziko Museums of South Africa, offering *free entry to all our museums on the day, and providing our visitors with an entertaining and educational programme of events.
The Minister of Finance announced in the 2015 Budget Speech, the establishment of a Central Supplier Database as a way of simplifying the process of doing business with government.
Iziko Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology and Geology, Eugene Bergh recently joined 24 other scientists and students from Germany and South Africa for a research sampling cruise onboard the research vessel (RV) Meteor. The research vessel, from Hamburg, Germany, allows scientists the opportunity to sample various components of the ocean and seafloor for analyses across a range of disciplines and projects.
Iziko Museums of South Africa in collaboration with the national Department of Public Works are currently implementing important maintenance at the Iziko Old Town House. This museum will be closed until further notice.
Founded by Iziko Museums of South Africa and The Thursdays, Museum Night 2016 is set for 10 March this year. Explore the museums of central Cape Town in a new light, after dark. This after-hours cultural experience is free of charge and open to the public. Walk between museums in and around the city centre, and enjoy a supporting programme of music and performances until late.