African National Cultural Heritage
Training and Technology Program:
A Program of Collaboration between the U.S. and South Africa
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Welcome to the web home of the South African National Cultural Heritage Training and Technology Program. Launched in 2000, our project is a multi-faceted, three-year, binational. collaborative training program to identify and train a cadre of archivists, curators, scholars and students to use new media and best professional practices to work in South Africa on cultural heritage projects. We are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Michigan State University . Our project works in partnership with a broad sampling of South African and U.S. universities, archives, and museums.
The project completed its South African training activities in March 2003. This website documents our work and links to ongoing training, development, and dissemination projects in South African cultural heritage that spun out of our activities.
How do we do it? The project uses a variety of methods to conduct training, build a professional network among heritage and cultural workers and administrators, and disseminate information about new media:
Annual Colloquia that bring together
cultural heritage professionals to discuss emerging issues in
the field, develop new projects, and learn about new initiatives
in cultural heritage and technology in South Africa, the United
States, Africa, and around the world. Learn
Institute on cultural heritage and technology, conducted
in July 2000 in the United States, involving our American partners,
Michigan State University, and a cadre of South African heritage
Project-based Learning through pilot
initiatives in Folk Arts, Oral History Digitization and Dissemination,
and South African Film, Media, and Video, located at partner institutions
in South Africa. Cultural heritage workers learn by working directly
on specific projects in their fields and using their collections.
that bring American museum professionals, archivists, professors,
and professional staff from Historically-Black Colleges and Universities
to institutions in South Africa for research, study, exhibit development,
and workshops. Learn
for professionals, that engage American and South African curators,
archivists, policymakers, and entry-level administrators in professional
development for grant-writing and exhibition design. Learn
Assistance that deploys experts from our U.S. partners
to assess and assist with immediate, urgent needs by partners
in South Africa. Learn
Who are we? As the first American university to divest its holdings in apartheid South Africa , MSU has a profound commitment to working with the new South Africa . This project grows out of the university's strong ties to South African educational and cultural institutions, and builds upon MSU's internationally-recognized African studies center, museum and folklife programs, and humanities-based technology.
The cornerstone units at Michigan State include the MSU Museum , the African Studies Center , and MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online . Our other U.S. partners include the Chicago Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Our South African partners include the UWC/Robben Island Mayibuye Archives, a unit of the Robben Island Museum, a world heritage site; the National Archives of South Africa; the South African Museums Association; the University of Durban-Westville Documentation Centre; Campbell Collections at the University of Natal-Durban; Wits Historical Papers at the University of the Witwatersrand; and the Centre for Popular Memory at the University of Cape Town. Learn more. [link to “About US”.]