Provincial Archive Service: Overview
- Archives and Human Rights
- National Archives Week
- What can you find at the Archives?
- You can do your own research at the Archives
- Archives Advisory Committee
- Oral History Initiative
- International Archives Day
- Digitisation Policy
- Records Management Policy
- Documenting Lives
- Cultural Affairs Awards
- Our Living Atlas
The Western Cape Archives re-opened to the public on 01 September 2020. Members of the public must please note the following:
- Reading Room opening times for the public are Monday - Friday, 08:00 - 14:00 (closed on public holidays)
- Reading room extended hours have been suspended until further notice
- A total of 19 researchers are permitted in the reading room at a time
- Only 5 - 10 records/documents per researcher per day
- Records will be placed on isolation (quarantine) for 48 hours after use by researcher/client
The Western Cape Archives and Records Service collects, manages and preserves records that form part of our archival heritage. These records are preserved for use by government and people of South Africa.
The Western Cape Archives and Records Service is in the custody of archival records dating from 1651 when the first colonial settlement by the Dutch was established.
The core functions of the Western Cape Archives and Records Service include:
- Providing access to records and promote their use by the public
- Ensure proper records management
- Preserving records
Archival records are made up of public records and non-public records. Public records are created by government, government departments and organisations in the course of performing their functions. Non-public records are private records and papers created by private individuals and donated to the Archives Repository.