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The Western Cape Provincial Archives and Records Service

The Western Cape Provincial Archives keep old photographs of and documents about Cape Town, among many other historic items. Photo of Cape Town taken in 1950s courtesy Gavin Orr

The Western Cape Provincial Archives and Records Service, which aims to “foster a national identity and the protection of rights”, is located at 72 Roeland Street in Cape Town.

According to the Provincial Archives and Records Service of the Western Cape Act, public records in the Western Cape are transferred to the Cape Town Archives Repository when they are 20 years or older.

The repository also collects non-public records with enduring value pertaining to the history of Cape Town and the Western Cape and its diverse communities.

These public and non-public records, which date back to 1651, are supplemented by collections of maps, photographs, microfilms, books, pamphlets and official publications.

Records cover documentation relating to institutions including school boards, government offices, provincial hospitals, municipalities and councils.

Photographic collections include a general section and various specific portfolios, such as the Elliott and Ravenscroft collections.

Access to the archives is free. Visitors sign a register at the front desk in the reception hall, which leads on to the reading room, where archives can be viewed.

The archives are open from Mondays to Fridays from 08h00-16h00. On Thursdays the archives are open from 08h00-19h00.

Museum of Gems & Jewellery

PRINS & PRINS DIAMONDS MUSEUM OF GEMS AND JEWELLERY

This unique museum project takes visitors on a journey from when diamonds first began to form three billion years ago and their 150 km journey to the surface, following the unique path of South African diamonds from their origin in extinct volcanoes to the deposits along our coastline.  Learn about unique and rare gemstones, and see how jewellery has changed through thousands of years.  The story about South Africa’s mineral wealth is told, not only for diamonds, but also for our Platinum and Gold deposits.

Buyel'Embo Village

This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.

Braai and Camping

Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.

Cape Town Diamond Museum

Diamonds were formed three billion years ago by molecular-changing heat of around 1 300 °C, deep within the Earth’s crust. If you didn’t know that, then you have not been to the Cape Town Diamond Museum.

Castle Military Museum

The Castle Military Museum is housed in the oldest building in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope. It is a tribute to the brave regiments of the past, providing an insight into the political history of the country and celebrating the rich military history of the Cape.

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