Heritage Day Goes Digital 2012 | Western Cape Government

Heritage Day Goes Digital 2012

(Western Cape Government)
In 2012, South Africa will be commemorating National Heritage Day on 24 September. The day celebrates our country's rich and diverse cultural heritage. The month of September is also known as Heritage Month, and is a time during which heritage and cultural institutions in South Africa host a number of programmes and projects to celebrate South Africa's unique heritage. The theme for 2012 is "Digital Heritage" and relates to the "Wiki Loves Monuments" initiative.

Wiki Loves Monuments Initiative

Heritage Western Cape (HWC) has partnered with Wikimedia South Africa to help with the "Wiki Loves Monuments" competition/initiative thoughout the month of September. All the information relating to Wiki Loves Monuments can be found here.

HWC plans to have a photo upload marathon relating to "Wiki Loves Monuments" on Heritage Day. All Western Cape museums will encourage and help people to upload photographs of monuments onto Wikipedia.

Contact Information

The contact details for the Wikipedia staff organising the events can be found on the website; alternatively, you can e-mail the museums liaison, Michael Janse Van Rensburg.

Why is Heritage Day Important?

It is important for all South Africans to celebrate our culture and heritage against the background of our unique diversity. In so doing, we build pride in ourselves and our nation as we remember the difficulties of the past and share in the victories of the present and raise hope for the future.

The Western Cape Government's Focus for 2012

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport is "Making Heritage Relevant in the Digital Age". The department is running a number of projects and programmes to bring our heritage to life in a modern, digital South Africa, making it accessible to new and wider audiences and specifically focusing on relevance to youth and other users of modern, digital technology.

These projects include:

  • A programme to digitise museum collections throughout the province, in order to create greater accessibility to artefacts and related information through online media.
  • Participation in the Heritage Western Cape initiative of the South African Heritage Resources Agency. The initiative aims to create a digital database of heritage sites which will be on the internet and easily accessible as a source of information for tourists, researchers and applicants for heritage permits and consents.
  • The creation of a database of information on geographical names throughout the province.
  • The creation of online museum exhibitions, commencing with a project on sites and events associated with the Liberation Struggle.

Projects Planned for September 2012

  • The 29 museums in the provincial museums system are launching information sites on Wikipedia as part of the WikiAfrica Project, which seeks to increase the African footprint on the internet and Wikipedia in particular.
  • Heritage Western Cape, an agency of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, is the proud partner of the "Wiki Loves Monuments" project, in which members of the public are encouraged to upload photos of monuments and heritage sites across 30 countries. It is the first time this project has run in South Africa, and there are great prizes to be won. Upload your photos at any time during September and participate in the photo marathon on Heritage Day. See www.wikilovesmonuments.co.za for more information.

Those without internet access may upload photos free of charge at any participating museum (during museum working hours) and on Heritage Day. Look out for the Wiki Loves Monuments poster at your local museum.

The Chief Directorate Sport and Recreation, in conjunction with the Mayibuye Centre, has funded a project to digitise sporting heritage from the Robben Island Prison and will host an event around this project on 20 September.

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For information on the various Heritage Day events, programmes and projects hosted by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, please contact the office of the Director for Museums and Heritage:

Andrew Hall
Tel: 021 483 9598

Source: Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport

The content on this page was last updated on 22 August 2017