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  • The Life of Objects: Documentation
    by Daniéle Knoetze and Nancy Child This is the first post of a four-part series. This series is to give a behind the scenes look at the UCT Library’s (UCT_L) Conservation Unit manned by Nancy Child, Senior Conservator and myself, Daniéle Knoetze, Junior Conservator. Why do conservators focus so much […]
  • Fragments of the African Film Collection Survived the Fire
    By Andrea Walker with  Bev Angus Andrea Walker is an audiovisual archivist in Special Collections, chiefly responsible for the Audiovisual Archive. Bev Angus retired at the end of 2021, after decades working in Special Collections, curating the African Film Collection. Initially believed to be entirely destroyed by fire, the AV […]
  • A Passion for Paper – Establishing a Conservation Unit at UCT Libraries
    by Daniéle Knoetze (UCT Conservation Unit) with contributions by Nancy Child, Lena Krahe, Karen Studniarz, and Celina Zenker A new Conservation Unit has been established at UCT Libraries’ interim recovery premises in Mowbray. The unit is headed by senior conservator, Nancy Child, who brings with her expertise and decades of […]
  • Film students and the Digital archive
    By Susan Mvungi Susan Mvungi is an archivist in the Primary Collections Department in Special Collections, UCT Libraries Susan Harris showing film students how to use the Cintel scanner (Scans 16mm and 35mm film) The Audio-visual archive was water damaged from the Jagger Library fire in April 2021, as it […]
  • Exploring architectural archives in recovery
    Compiled by Michal Singer with contributions from Isaac Ntabankulu (UCT Libraries) and Theophile de Bonnaventure (Memorist South Africa) For decades, large and unwieldy drawings and plans have made physical – and digital – access elusive and risk damage to the materials. In 1993, Jill Gribble, former archivist in the Manuscripts […]