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October 13, 2010

New exhibition at Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

mapping bo-kaap

An insightful new exhibition is launching at Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum tomorrow, October 14 at 14h00. Called Mapping Bo-Kaap: History, Memories and Spaces, it offers new perspectives on the colourful suburb at the foot of Signal Hill, an area considered the spiritual home of the Cape Muslim community.

Bo-Kaap has a fascinating history. Many of the residents are descendants of slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia and elsewhere in Africa who were brought to the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Mapping Bo-Kaap: History, Memories and Spaces showcases the findings of a mapping survey project undertaken by Vidamemoria Heritage Consultants in the Bo-Kaap a few years ago.

Bo-Kaap residents were asked to explain why they enjoyed living in the area, and to identify specific areas that have significance for them. They were interviewed about social and cultural spaces in the suburb, as well as about their views on heritage and how (and why) to preserve it.

From corner cafés to mosques, it turns out the Bo-Kaap is filled with important places, not only in terms of the past, but also for the future.

The exhibition showcases the main findings of the survey, which are accompanied by a number of fantastic historic and contemporary photographs of the neighbourhood.

The museum building itself dates back to the 1760s and is the oldest house in the area (still in its original form). Mapping Bo-Kaap: History, Memories and Spaces will be on permanent display in the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum’s community hall.

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