Archives Awareness Week | Western Cape Government

Archives Awareness Week

(Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport, Western Cape Government)

The Annual National Archives Awareness Week will take place from 15 to 19 July 2019 and will be officially launched on 12 July 2019 at the Western Cape Archives and Records Service in 72 Roeland Street, Cape Town.

The theme for 2019 is "Archival Footprint: The relevance of Archives 25 years into democracy".

During National Archives Awareness Week the public will have the opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes guided tours and workshops at 72 Roeland Street in Cape Town:

  • During this week tours start on the hour between 09:00-14:00 and you can learn about the importance of preserving our documented history and appreciate its impact on our daily lives.
  • Exhibitions will be on display and the Reading Room for research will be open to the public as usual.
  • Activities offer a chance to learn where our archives come from, what kinds of records are preserved in the Archives and why Records Management and Archival work is important for our understanding of our cultural heritage.
  • You can also take the opportunity to learn how to research your own family tree at our family history (genealogy) workshops on 15 July between 13:00 and 15:00 by Aubrey Springveldt.
  • On 13 July between 09:30 and 13:00 you will be introduced to 'Archives for beginner researches' with the Cape Family Research Forum Facilitated by Ebrahim Rhoda.

Please see more information in Afrikaans, English and Xhosa and contact Amy for bookings at 021 483 0456/0400 or

More information about the Archives and Record Services is available online:

National Archives Awareness Week connects people, places and cultures. Let’s preserve our rich history for present and future generations, BETTER TOGETHER.

The content on this page was last updated on 5 July 2019