11 April 2014

International Day of Monuments and Sites in Paarl

On Friday 11 April the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument in Paarl, in collaboration with the Hugenote Gedenkskool, presented a special programme in celebration of International Day of Monuments and Sites.

This day is annually celebrated worldwide on or around 18 April, after being proclaimed by the International Council of Monuments and Sites in 1982 and accepted by UNESCO in 1983. The aim of this day is to raise awareness about our diverse cultural heritage as well as the preservation and protection of it.

The guest speaker was Michael Jonas, Principal Museum Human Scientist from the Western Cape Departement of Cultural Affairs and Sport, who talked about the theme “Heritage of Commemoration”.

Two speakers also shared case studies on successful heritage projects, namely Quinton Fortuin, a researcher from Pniël, who talked about the heritage of the mission station village near Paarl, and Marguerite Lombard from the Drakenstein Heemkring, who explained how this archive in Paarl operates to make the area’s history accessible to the public.

Guests visited three heritage sites as part of the programme, namely the Taalmonument, the Anglo Boer War Monument on the farm Laborie, and the Hugenote Gedenkskool, the first official Afrikaans school, on the farm Kleinbosch in Dal Josafat.