Far from just being the venue of an exciting field trip you took as a child, your local history museum fulfils a number of other essential roles, aside from just those of education and entertainment. With the passing of time, photographs, documents and artefacts such as artworks and weapons, often deteriorate or become misplaced. In order to protect these essential items that tell the story of people and the lives they lived, museums act as guardians, preserving these items under strictly controlled conditions, and ensuring that they survive for future generations.
Durban Local History Museums 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.
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