General News

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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!

Gallery Upgrade

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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!

MPC poster

Clean-Up Campaign

The KZN Museum celebrated national "Clean Up Week" by visiting Ebumnandini in Mpophomeni to run a clean up campaign in that area. After cleaning up the litter in the area the community was educated about the importance of preserving our environment and the importance of maintaining a clean and a healthy environment. The KZN Museum staff collaborated with a group called the "Friends for life’’ community group on this project.

Arbour Day

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.

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Educator's Workshop

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.

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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.

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Environmental and Cultural Awareness Programmes

Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum's Department of Human Sciences, Jeremy Hollmann and Nkululeko Sibetha, attended the presentation of certificates of participation to learners, held in March 2012, at six schools in the amaNgwane Traditional Authority Area and in the amaZizi Traditional Authority Area.

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Wellness Day

The KwaZulu-Natal Museum hosted a Wellness Day on the 4 April and offered free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol testing. The event included a talk by wellness experts from the Midlands Medical Centre. The Museum is extremely grateful to the Midlands Medical Centre, St Annes Hospital, Bonitas Medical Aid and PMB Laboratories for services rendered. Gratitude also goes to Albany Bakery for sponsoring bread, Mabongi Mtshali for sponsoring the zuchini muffins, Protea Imperial Hotel for sponsoring refreshments and Val Pillay from Bonitas Medical Aid for her personal contribution towards refreshments. 

Library Week news

The KwaZulu-Natal Museum commemorated South African Library Week which runs from the 19-23 March. The theme this year is 'Develop at your Library'. Learners who visited the Museum library were treated to an interactive presentation by the Museum's Chief Librarian - Velisiwe Dlomo-Mtshare, Assistant Librarian - Sbongile Jali and Library Assistant - Sandile Khanyezi. The learners had an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about libraries and were educated on proper library etiquette, how to care for books and how to research information. They also participated in a fun quiz and won lovely prizes. All the visiting learners were awarded gift hampers which included Museum bookmarks, pens, rulers and other goodies. The KwaZulu-Natal Museum boasts an impressive research library, and also runs a very busy internet café and learners resource library, which is also open on weekends and holidays.
more pictures are available on the Museum's Facebook page

Library Week

This week is South African Library Week and the 2012 theme is “Develop @ your Library”. As part of these celebrations, the KwaZulu-Natal Museum Library will be visited by FET students, primary and high school learners all week, where they will learn all about our Museum library and the services we have to offer. Chief Librarian Velisiwe Dlomo has an exciting tour planned.

Storytelling with Dr Gcina Mhlope

In celebration of International Museum's Week visit the KwaZulu-Natal Museum for a Storytelling session with Dr Gcina Hlope, renowned author, actress & award-winning South African poet, entitled Moonlight Magic from the book called ‘Our Story Magic’, on Saturday, 28 May 2011, starting at 10h00 in the Main Mammal Hall. Regular museum entry fees apply.

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.

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Glass Beads

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.

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Museum Week

 Museums in South Africa celebrate International Museum’s Day on the 25 May 2011. The KwaZulu-Natal Museum has an exciting programme lined for that week. The programme includes talks & tours by various experts in the relevant fields.

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.

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Temporary Exhibition - Umhlaba Wami

The Natal Museum is hosting a photographic exhibition called Umhlaba Wami, or "My World" in Zulu featuring the work of children orphaned by Aids, from Pietermaritzburg township communities, a programme coordinated by the Thandanani Children’s Foundation. 

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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:


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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.

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Name Change - ISIZULU


U-Solwazi P.N.D. Nzimande, uSihlalo wesigungu se-Natal Museum egameni lesigungu, uthanda ukubonga amalunga omphakathi asabela kwisicelo sokufakwa kweziphakamiso mayelana nokushintshwa kwegama le-Natal Museum. Ngokubona isasasa elikhonjiswa wumphathi ngaloluhlelo, isigungu se-Natal Museum sibone kungcono ukuba isikhathi sokufakwa kweziphakamiso selulwe ukuze kwamukelwe leziphakamiso eziningi. Niyathenjiswa ukuthi lezo ziphakamiso ezatholakala zizocubungulwa zonke.

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