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  • I shall never forget 2021
    by Glynnis Johnson, Principal Librarian (Commerce and CHED), UCT Libraries For me, it shall be remembered as the year of death, loss, love, fire, air and water. These symbols point to the major events in my life in 2021. On the 5th of March 2021 my husband, Lucian Brent Johnson, […]
  • One Book’s Conservation Journey
    by Lara Kemp Reusch, senior book conservator at DK Conservators, tasked with restoring the surviving Rare Books Collection of the University of Cape Town Libraries’ Special Collections salvaged after the Jagger fire in April 2021. I had gotten used to being met with blank stares when I told people I […]
  • Memories of the Archives Triggered by the Jagger Fire: 1975 to 1995
    by Leonie Twentyman Jones Leonie Twentyman Jones was the Head of Manuscripts & Archives (MSS) Department in the University of Cape Town Libraries between 1975 and 1995. Her account provides insight into the experiences of an archivist in collecting and providing access in the troubled context of the times. She […]
  • 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 […]