History & memory

Telling Absences
Ambre Nicolson
26 January 2017

If cities are the sum not only of everything they accumulate in their development, but also of everything that they have lost – whether intentionally abandoned or accidentally misplaced – can we describe a public space not only by what is there, but also by what is not? Softness, greenness If we travel back further,

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The Making of Church Square
9 January 2017

When I was a child, I enjoyed digging in my grandmother’s garden for treasure. Back then, my finds consisted largely of glass, and fragments of crockery. Still, in my eyes the glass became diamonds, and the crockery hinted at greater riches to be found – a whole cup, a teapot. It’s fair to say that

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New route explores Cape Town’s military heritage
23 September 2016

Over the past few years, Cape Town has experienced an astronomical rise in international appeal, establishing itself as a world-class urban destination at the top of many a bucket list. And it’s easy to see why – an abundance of natural beauty, a buzzing city centre, renowned restaurants, winning wines, fascinating history, diversity, huge economic

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A peek behind the scenes at Iziko’s Social History Centre
21 September 2016

If you’ve ever stepped into a museum and felt completely blown away by the diverse display, you’ll probably be equal parts delighted and devastated when we let you in on a little secret: this is just the very tip of the iceberg. Yup. Behind every good museum display lies a burgeoning archive of carefully catalogued

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Inspiring women
29 August 2016

As South Africa celebrated National Women’s Day earlier this month, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana was struck by how far removed this public holiday has become from the sombre and serious event – a march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 9 August 1956 – that inspired it.

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The Fireman’s Arms
9 May 2016

Welcome to the first in a series of stories which focus on some of our city’s most well-loved spaces.  To be clear, these are not necessarily historical landmarks, nor tourist magnets but rather those cosy nooks and crannies where generations of Capetonians have gone to find a warm meal, a hot beverage and a bit

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The value of Cape Town’s sacred spaces
4 May 2016

Susan April spoke to the leaders of some of the oldest congregations in Cape Town to hear their thoughts on whether the pace of development in the city centre is compromising the spaces in which people worship. As a city changes and develops over time, so do its places of worship. Cape Town’s CBD is

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Queen of Adderley Street to get a lift
16 October 2015

Kirsten Wilkins discusses the proposed repurposing of the old Standard Bank building in Adderley Street into the new Cape Town Museum.

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Bree Street then and now
11 September 2015

What used to happen where you’re standing? Take a tour of Bree Street with us, and discover how this thoroughfare has changed – and stayed the same – over the last three centuries.

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