Trace your lineage, bind a book!
I just learned that this week is National Archives week – and amazing resources are available in Cape Town, particularly in a city and country in which history impacts on our daily lives in important and complex ways.
Visit the Western Cape Archives and Records Service at 72 Roeland Street to learn more about the ‘importance of preserving our documented memory’, and for guided tours, slide shows and exhibits (including the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Traveling Exhibition, with photos/video of Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk, Albert Luthuli and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu) daily from 8.00 to 15.00.
The archives are ‘the custodian of South Africa’s earliest written records, dating from 1651 to the recent past’ – and are freely available to the public. Imagine the amazing research possibilities!
A free two-day workshop on Paste Paper Making and Basic Bookbinding is on offer (11 – 12 May 2011)(can I escape the office?), as is a half-day session on Family History (11 May 2011, 8.30 – 12.00).