FREE entry at Iziko Museums on Women’s Day!

  • Posted: Aug 2, 2012

*FREE entry at Iziko Museums on Women’s Day!

Iziko Museums has a jam-packed programme for national Women’s Day and promises visitors a contemplative and reflective experience.  The day long programme includes the screening of documentaries celebrating the achievements of women and also highlighting some of their struggles and challenges.

The short films will be screened at the TH Barry Lecture Theatre at the Iziko South African Museum on Thursday, 9 August 2012 from 11h00 to 15h00.  These include titles such as The Ribbon by Harriet Gavston (11:00); Liberation Women by Beata Lipman (12:00); Umbilical Cords by Sarah Ping and Nic Jones (13:00); A luta continua = The Struggle Continues by Jack Lewis (14:00) and Generations of Resistance by Peter Davis (15:00). The films explore a range of themes, experiences and challenges encountered by women.

On this day, Iziko Museums will extend *free entry to Iziko Museums (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).

Iziko Museums is also encouraging both locals and visitors to the Mother City to explore and reflect on women’s contribution to our history, art, culture and society. Explore her-stories through the varied exhibitions at our different museums. 

Exhibitions such as African Dinosaurs, Shark World and Virtual Earth (an interactive digital theatre running animations on climate change) will also be in display at the Iziko South African Museum.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to connect to the Cape’s slave history at the Iziko Slave Lodge Museum, where the story of Armosyn (Armozijn) Claas will be shared. She lived at the Slave Lodge and she served as the Matron and school mistress. She was born sometime between 1659 and 1661, her mother was most likely a slave from Angola or Guinea and her father probably a European VOC official or free burgher by the name Claas.

Armosyn received her freedom around 1704. South Africans who can trace their roots back to her include the Combrink, Frisnet, Alberts, Brits, Van Deventer, Slabbert, Fischer and Carstens families.

Iqholo le Africa, (Her African Pride) is a celebration of the artworks and life of veteran artist and centenarian, Barbara Tyrrell. Initially trained as a fashion designer, Barbara gave up her career as fashion lecturer and travelled around southern Africa to record African costume in situ. A selection of more than 150 of her highly decorative and accurate visual recordings of southern African costume is currently on exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery. 

Iziko Museums continues to unearth untold her-stories of South African women.  One such unique story is told at the Iziko Bertram House through a variety of media, the Sound and Silences from a San Archive. Artifacts, rare wax cylinder sound recordings, drawings, and memories collected by Dorothea Bleek, Lucy Lloyd and Wilhelm Bleek, between 1856 and 1947 from their /Xam and other San teachers. This archive of /Xam and other San ethnography from the Iziko Social History collections has revolutionised our understanding of San life past and present.

For a sneak peek into the life in the Cape during the 18th century, locals and tourists are urged to visit the Iziko Koopman’s de-Wet House, where Marie Koopman-de Wet and her sister Margaritha lived. Marie Koopman-de Wet was well known during the South African War for helping the orphans and widows of the Boer republics during the period.

Each of the Iziko Museums has its own her-story and character reflecting of our diverse heritage. Iziko is an isiXhosa word, meaning ‘hearth’, traditionally and symbolically the social centre of the home; a place associated with warmth, kinship and ancestral spirits. Here food is prepared and shared, stories are told and knowledge passed from one generation to the next. Similarly, the museums that make up Iziko are spaces for cultural interaction, where knowledge is shared, stories told and experiences enjoyed. 

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Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation which brings together 11museums, the Planetarium, Social History Centre and three collection specific libraries under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows free access to all individuals on commemorative days, as well as unlimited free access to individuals aged 18 and under (excludes Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).

COMMEMORATIVE DAYS – *FREE ENTRANCE (Excluding Iziko Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope)

  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • International Museum Day: 18 May
  • Africa Day: 25 May
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • National Women’s Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Week: 17 – 24 September
  • National Aids Awareness Day: 1 December
  • Emancipation Day: 1 December
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December

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