Not only the venue of an exciting field trip you took as a child, your local history museum performs a number of essential roles. Education and entertainment are commonly associated with museums. However, they also play an important part in preserving and curating materials that can tell us about some of what happened in the past. These materials might include photographs, documents, items of material culture and artefacts such as artworks and weapons.
Museums act as guardians, preserving and curating these items to ensure that they survive, and are available, for future generations.
Durban Local History Museums (DLHM) houses archives of historic artefacts at three different sites, namely the Old Court House Museum, Bergtheil Museum and Pinetown Museum. These important collections are available to the public on request, and are an invaluable source of information for academics, scholars and educators. A small selection of materials have been digitised.
To find out how you can access DLHM’s archives please make contact with our enquiry section on 031 311 2226 or via email: Rebecca.Naidoo@durban.gov.za