MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OPENING OF HERITAGE FOUNDATION’S NEW FACILITIES, VOORTREKKER MONUMENT SITE
Pretoria, 17 November 2014. The Heritage Foundation’s new archive, gallery and offices will be opened on 27 November 2014. An interesting new exhibition themed ‘Monumentality” will be open to the public as of 28 November. A variety of artworks and photographs on loan from other museums, galleries and individuals can be viewed. Interesting information on monuments, the Big Five, the Springboks and much more will also be on display.
The facilities, also known as the Heritage Centre Phase 2, were designed by MEG Architects and completed at a fee of approximately R12M. The funds for this project were granted to the Heritage Foundation by the Department of Arts and Culture.
The centre now has a larger and improved archive and research facilities and include collections about the Great Trek, the Anglo-Boer War, the Ossewabrandwag and the history of the Voortrekker Monument, to name but a few. Documentation of Dutch and Afrikaans cultural organizations, like the Afrikaner Broederbond, as well as the Heritage Foundation and Voortrekker Monument’s archival documents are also accessible to researchers. The gallery will also be utilized for other exhibitions, functions and workshops in future.
The Heritage Centre’s Phase 1 construction has already been completed in 2008 and houses the Heritage Foundation’s head office, as well as the permanent Afrikanerbakens exhibition. The research library houses the Northern regional branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa’s extended book collection on family research. The library is also affiliated with the Genealogical Society of Utah and is a member of SABINET.
Media are welcome to attend the inauguration of the Heritage Centre’s Phase 2 facilities on 27 November 2014 at 18:30 for 19:00.
Genl.maj. (Ret) GN Opperman
The Heritage Foundation
Tel: 012 325 7885
Fax: 086 616 9587