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  • Jagger Panorama Tour Now Available
    by Thomas Slingsby, GIS Consultant (Digital Library Services), UCT Libraries During my time working on the Jagger Salvage Project I would fairly regularly enter the space that was the Jagger Library Reading Room. The destruction was awesome. What, for me, had easily been the most beautiful venue at UCT had […]
  • Recovering the Archive
    by Michal Singer, Principal Archivist for Primary Collections (Archives) in Special Collections, UCT Libraries First Responders “Good news. The basements are intact. Can you come on site now to show the technical team around?” I leapt into my car and made the longest drive to work. This was how the […]
  • After the Salvage
    by Mandy Noble, Principal Librarian for Published Collections, Special Collections, UCT Libraries Listen to Mandy Noble in conversation with Nancy Richards about the Jagger Fire and the Salvage on the bookspeoplestories podcast. Much has been written by colleagues and journalists, in very moving pieces, of the momentous salvage project following […]
  • Jagger : the remains of the day
    My name is Alex D’Angelo, and I have been a librarian at UCT for more than a quarter of a century. I remember when the Jagger reading room was stripped of its tatty 1970s additions, and institutional green carpet, and worn-out tubular-steel chairs, and put back to the way it […]
  • My Personal Journey Through COVID, Fire and Salvage to Recovery
    by Beverley Angus, African Studies Librarian, Special Collections 2021 began very badly After almost a year of working from home, isolating, and cancelling a trip to visit my family in Scotland, a very close friend, Kathy, was admitted to hospital on the 4th of January with COVID and died on […]