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  • My Lockdown Experience
    By Susan Mvungi Susan Mvungi is an archival specialist in the Primary Collections Department in Special Collections, UCT Libraries Image credit: BusinessTech 2020 was a year unlike any other. Nothing could have prepared us for the Coronavirus pandemic. Nobody could have foreseen the government ordering a national lockdown on the […]
  • A curatorial object study of Special Collections’ hidden viral objects
    written by Nina Liebenberg Nina Liebenberg is an artist, a curator, and a lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Curating the Archive. In April of 2019, four years into my PhD research, and about eight months before the very first Covid-19 case was detected in Wuhan, I […]
  • Exploring the life of David Russell
    Deidre Goslett is an archival officer in Special Collections and co-chair of UCT Libraries’ Transformation Committee. Commemorating Human Rights Day On 21 March South Africa commemorates the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, when 180 unarmed protestors were injured and 69 were killed by the police in Sharpeville outside Vereeniging. […]
  • Images of Power: South African Political Posters in the Struggle
    by Busisiwe Khangala & Sandra Rowoldt Shell (retired), African Studies Library, Special Collections, University of Cape Town (UCT) This post is adapted from a paper originally presented in 2009 at Emory University for the ‘Images Of Power’ poster exhibition, including posters from the collections of the African Studies Library at […]
  • Literacy, a shared goal
    By Thundeza Mafungwa, Rare Books Librarian, Special Collections In celebration of the National Book Week which coincides with the International Literacy Day, the Rare Books Division of Special Collections is showcasing titles from our Children’s Literature collection – focusing on multiple South African languages, particularly indigenous languages. National Book Week, […]