The Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) celebrated International Museum Day on 29 May 2021 with an succesful panel discussion on this year’s theme, “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”.
The panel consisted of Beverley Thomas of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Bertdene Laubscher, manager of the Transport Drivers Museum in Ceres, Annelize Stroebel, chief executive officer of Drakenstein Local Tourism Association, as well as the experienced museum and heritage consultant Helen Joannides.
Given the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has also had on museums worldwide, the emphasis was on how the institutions’ offerings can be reimagined and their cyber footprints expanded to spread more information via the internet and thus attract more e-visitors. Over 30 people attended the event at the monument.
To better celebrate the day, 157 Grade 7 learners from Hillcrest and Nederburg Primary were also brought to the Language Museum where they learned more about this historic building and Afrikaans.