Archives Awareness Week | Western Cape Government

Archives Awareness Week


National Archives Awareness Week has been celebrated annually in South Africa since 2004.

The aim of the event is to popularise the archival profession, engage communities on the importance of archives in the preservation of societal memory and promote the importance of good record keeping practices.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport’s Archives and Records Service is responsible for the management of the Western Cape Archives, and observes the annual celebration by hosting various public events each year.

Archives Awareness Week 2023

Archives Week 2023

Archives Week 2023
National Archives Awareness Week will be celebrated from Monday 05 to Friday 09 June, with the theme “Leave No One Behind: Archives in the Era of Artificial Intelligence”.

This year’s theme aims to highlight the importance of preserving and using our documentary heritage in the current technological environment. Sub-themes include: digitisation, electronic records management, records management standards, and archiving oral histories.

Members of the public are invited to participate in the celebration by attending one of the following events: 

  • Behind-the-scenes tours of the Western Cape Archives and Records Service: Tours take place daily at 72 Roeland Street, Cape Town, from 05 to 09 June, every hour on the hour from 09:00-14:00
  • Online Oral History Workshop - Sharing experiences, KZN Archives: 10:00-11:30, Monday 05 June
  • Family History Workshop - WC Archives and Cape Family Research Forum: 10:00 -12:30, Tuesday 06 June at the Western Cape Archives, 72 Roeland Street, Cape Town.
  • Online Electronic Records Management Workshop: 10:00-11:00, Wednesday 07 June
  • Online Digitisation Workshop - Memorist: 10:00-11:00, Thursday 08 June

Please sign up by completing the online form available hereAlternatively, contact: Helen Joannides at 021 483 0456 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.

The content on this page was last updated on 4 May 2023