Environmental and Cultural Awareness Programmes
Refresher course: Kamberg Rock Art Guides
In March this year the KwaZulu-Natal Museum hosted three guides (Raymond Mweli, Norman Ngcobo, and Derrick Zuma) and the manager of the Kamberg Rock Art Centre, Mr Rafael Sicelo Mnikathi, to a refresher course in the presentation of the rock art of Waterfall Shelter and Game Pass Shelter. AMAFA, the heritage agency of KwaZulu-Natal, requested the Department of Human Sciences from KZN Museum to provide this training, which was intended to refresh the training of the Kamberg guides by reinforcing their understanding and by providing new information.
The group was taken on a tour of the rock art displays and watched a couple of short films about the removal of graffiti from rock art and the work of community rock art monitoring groups in the province. The Museum’s curator of rock art, Jeremy Hollmann, then made a presentation on the Kamberg rock art. The presentation covered the history of the Drakensberg Bushmen, important details of the paintings, frequently asked questions as well as appropriate behaviour at rock art sites and customer care. The guides were also provided with a set of notes and photographs so that they could retain the information and refer to it in future. During the presentation the guides also had an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss any problems concerning their work as guides. The day concluded with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archaeology Storeroom by Human Sciences Department Technical Assistant, Nkululeko Sibetha, who showed them the pieces of rock art that are part of the KZN Museum’s collection.
To follow up on this training the Museum’s Department of Human Sciences will carry out an evaluation of the guides’ performance by accompanying the guides to the rock art sites at Kamberg and observing how well the guides have integrated their training into their work. Certificates of participation will then be presented.
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School Holiday Programme & Night at the Museum
Here is the programme.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME 27 June 2011 to 1 July 2011 from 9:00 - 12:00 each day at a cost of R 30 per day
27 June --- Art of Decoupage
28 June --- Make your own diorama
29 June --- Make your own fridge Magnets & Glow in the Dark Bat Mobile
30 June --- Make your own picture frame
01 July --- Treasure Hunt/Storytelling
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM Sleepover - 8 July 2011 - R 90 per child, including light meals & cost of activities
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.
Soccer World Cup Gallery Opening
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.
HOME AFFAIRS, a GALA travelling exhibition, initially launched at the
Natal Museum Director, Luthando Maphasa at the official opening, pictured with Anthony Waldhausen of the Pietermaritzburg Gay & Lesbian Association (GALA)
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.
Name Change - ISIZULU
UKULULWA KWESIKHATHI SOKUFAKA IZIPHAKAMISO ZOKUSHINTSHWA KWEGAMA LE-NATAL MUSEUM
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.
Young poets find performance home at the Natal Museum
GALA (Gay and Lesbian Archives) and the Apartheid Museum launched a new exhibition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of South Africa's constitution. The exhibition is titled Balancing Act: South African Gay and Lesbian Youth Speak Out, and it shares stories of gay and lesbian youth in South Africa. The basic purpose is to promote tolerance for difference through education.
In the exhibition eleven young South Africans from a wide range of social backgrounds speak about their experiences, hopes and dreams. The Constitution has officially affirmed the equality and dignity of people of all sexual orientations. But widespread hostility means that lifestyles that are 'different' remain hidden and inadequately represented in the public realm. The book and the exhibition are called 'Balancing Act' because these young people have to balance between being true to themselves and living in a prejudiced society.