Today we highlight Chiara Singh, an archaeology intern at the KZN Museum’s Human Sciences department. Chiara is part of the 30 interns employed at the museum under the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP). The program has been running for the past two months and has seen a host of talented young individuals such as Chiara, take part in the program.
Chiara Singh recently graduated from the University of Pretoria and holds a Masters Degree specializing in archaeology. Chiara is passionate about heritage management and conservation. She says being at the museum has been a thrill and has enjoyed working with and learning from, colleagues who possess a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Over the past two months, Chiara has been hard at work examining and cataloguing decade’s old film to be converted onto digital platforms. Currently, Chiara is assisting Dr. Justine Wintjes (KZN Museum) on the Five Hundred Year Archive (FHYA) project developed by Carolyn Hamilton (University of Cape Town). Dr. Wintjes and Chiara have to digitize the earliest 100 artefacts recorded, that relate to KwaZulu-Natal and its surrounding region. Once digitized the artefacts will be sent to www.fhya.org and form part of its database for future generations to use and enjoy.
Pretty exciting stuff! We wish Chiara all the best.