January 19, 2011
Back to (summer) school with Iziko Museums of Cape Town
“Our Nation in Conversation”. Photo courtesy Iziko Museums.
On January 19, hordes of Cape Town kids – kitted out in oversized blazers and newly shined shoes – began their first day of school, excited at the prospect of acquiring knowledge.
School days may be a distant memory for many of us, but the opportunity to learn need not be.
This February, Iziko Museums will host their annual summer school programme, which includes a series of public lectures, symposia, workshops and excursions, the goal of which is to “inspire, connect and engage” the public.
The programme seeks to satisfy members of all interest groups, including (but not limited to) those with a passion for history, art and the environment.
Summer school will be in session from February 5 until February 26, with different “classes” taking place almost every day.
February 5 starts with a public discussion entitled “Our Nation in Conversation II”. It will explore the legacy of Nelson Mandela and will investigate the destiny of South Africa. The likes of Albie Sachs, Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) and Dennis Goldberg are scheduled to speak.
An overnight excursion to Sutherland, led by Professor Brian Warner, will begin the same day. The outing will comprise a tour of the observatory, a lecture on the geology of the Karoo and the chance to stargaze through the observatory’s telescopes (weather permitting).
Those interested in excursions may also wish to go on the Cederberg retreat – a four-day trip into the northern Cederberg to see the area’s unique flora and fauna, as well as the fossils and rock paintings that have made it famous.
On February 19, an indigenous games workshop will be held. The history of games such as lintonga (stick fighting), jukskei and kho-kho will be explored. These games are said to form an important part of our country’s history and culture.
A walking tour will be conducted on February 26 by Lucy Campbell of Transcending History Tours. This tour is dedicated to the history of slaves in Cape Town. The Spin Street slave auction block and the Iziko Slave Lodge will be visited.
Many more events and activities, including a presentation on spiders, a Cape Point adventure walk, and a lecture by Cape Town artist Andrew Putter will take place during the “term”. Visit the website to view the full programme.
Many events are free of charge, but several must be paid for and booked in advance, given limited space. Register at the Iziko South African Museum or by post.