Museums have a reputation of being static, right? Well, not at the KZN Museum -
where there is always something new to see! The KZN Museum, in partnership
with the Msunduzi and Ncome Museums, have planned a whole month of
activities to commemorate Africa Month this May. This is a sneak preview of the
Africa month exhibition that will be up at the KZN Museum in May!
The display window in the haberdashery shop in the Settler History Gallery, fondly known
as Mrs Pepworth's, was refreshed after a long time. The previous display lasted over 40
years and the new items added are a welcome change. This shop belonged to Mrs H.
Pepworth, who started her business in the early 1850’s in Pietermaritzburg.
Win R 25 000 for your school!
To celebrate National Arbour Week the KwaZulu-Natal Museum visited the Nkabibi Primary School (Elandskop), Vumuthando Primary School (Swayimane), Nyambayi Primary School (Richmond) and Mzimba Primary School (Dlokwakhe) and planted 4 trees in each school – orange tree, Aloe Africana, Water Berry and apricot tree.
The KwaZulu–Natal Museum runs an Educator's Workshop twice a year. Recently, the Museum, in collaboration with the Department of Education, hosted an Educator's Workshop on subject of Heritage. The aim was to assist Educators in the subject of heritage that they teach at schools.
Dr Herbert receives prestigious award
Ngoba Wilderness Group visits the Museum
Members of the recently-formed Ngoba Wilderness Group (NWG), from the amaNgwane Traditional Authority Area near Bergville, visited the Museum on 26 April on the invitation of the Museum’s Department of Human Sciences. The visit was arranged so that the members of the NWG could see firsthand what the Museum does and how it is linked to natural and cultural resources.
Environmental and Cultural Awareness Programmes
Library Week news
more pictures are available on the Museum's Facebook page
Storytelling with Dr Gcina Mhlope
Museum Name Change
On behalf of the Council of this Museum, one of the largest natural- and cultural-history museums in South Africa, it is with great pleasure that I notify you of a change of its name from Natal Museum to KwaZulu-Natal Museum. The new name was officially gazetted by the previous Minister of Arts & Culture, the Honourable Ms. Lulu Xingwana, MP, in 2010, but its announcement has been delayed for logistical reasons.
A few years ago archaeologists found a cache of about 5000 glass beads from a small pit in an Iron Age layer at Sibudu Cave near Tongaat. The bead strings incorporated brownish-red, blue-green, blue and other colours of glass beads, some copper beads and also two perforated Conus ebraeus shells. There was also a necklace of ostrich-eggshell disc-beads interspersed with blue glass beads. Sixteen of the glass beads were chemically analysed at the Field Museum, Chicago.
Archaeologist Gavin Whitelaw from the KwaZulu-Natal Museum will be doing a public talk on this day at 1pm on Glass Beads. Entrance to the museum and for the talk on the 25 May will be free.
Temporary Exhibition - Umhlaba Wami
Loerie Awards Travelling Exhibition
The LOERIE Award travelling exhibition will be on display at the Natal Museum from the 16 - 28 May 2009.
The travelling exhibition showcases the best of all aspects of brand communication - visiting major centres as well as schools and colleges. Marketers, agencies and consumers are afforded the opportunity to view all the winning work, while up-and-coming creatives are given lots of inspiration to produce their own award-winning work.
Visit their website for more information about the Loerie Awards.
Isiphethu Beadwork Exhibition
An entrancing exhibition of creative beadwork by artists Ceaser Mkhize and Thafa Dlamini, on display in the Main Mammal Hall of the Natal Museum, until February 2009.
Interview with KwaMashu, Durban, beadwork artist Caeser Mkhize conducted by Mthokozisi Phungula, at the Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg, during November 2008
I began by asking Caeser questions which were prepared for the interview. When Caeser responded he ended up answering questions which I was still to ask him. As he was providing a detailed account I decided to let him talk without having to answer specific questions. Here is his story:
Museum Name Change
Professor P.N.D. Nzimande, Chairperson, on behalf of the Natal Museum Council, would like to thank all those who responded to the call for suggestions for a new name for the Natal Museum. Due to the high interest shown, the Natal Museum council has decided to extend the due date for submissions to 25 January 2008.