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  • UP Museums sets sights on dedicating a gallery to its art collection

    Posted on July 28, 2020

    The University of Pretoria (UP) is the custodian of an extraordinary collection of South African and European art, so much so that it is fast becoming an art destination for the City of Tshwane. The UP Museums is aiming to showcase the University’s exceptional art collection of more than 2...

  • 67-piece Mandela online art puzzles: a UP Museums challenge

    Posted on July 16, 2020

    July is Mandela month. While university museum staff work remotely from home, the University of Pretoria (UP) Museums delved into the university’s art collection for works featuring our beloved Madiba. We share three sculpture works of this South African icon on our new online art puzzle...

  • UP Museums feature in Episode 33 of new YouTube Series Bones and Stones

    Posted on July 08, 2020

    As part of episode 33 of the popular YouTube archaeological series titled, Bones and Stones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taZLNFSQQU4 the University of Pretoria (UP) Museums Interpretive Officer, Nicole Hoffmann was recently interviewed by archaeologists, Dr Tim Forssman (UP Department of...

  • UP Museums host the first UMAC-SA meeting on the continent

    Posted on July 08, 2020

    UMAC is the international committee for university museums and collections of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The University of Pretoria (UP) Museums hosted Dr Marta Lourenço from the University of Lisbon in Portugal, President of UMAC to address the online cohort comprising of...

  • UP Museums: Encouraging the youth to appreciate the heritage of others

    Posted on June 16, 2020

    Youth Day commemorates a historic event in honour of 16 June 1976, that profoundly changed the socio-political landscape in this country. Forty-four years later, 16 June 2020 extends this legacy with a firm resolve, that a small university museum can contribute to the upliftment of the South...

  • UP Museums archiving knowledge: promoting International Archives Day

    Posted on June 09, 2020

    In 2007, the United Nations were requested to create an International Archives Day and so 9 June 1948 marks the day that the International Council on Archives (ICA) was created under the auspices of UNESCO. The University of Pretoria (UP) Museums are promoting the International Archive Day...

  • University Museums for equality and against discrimination

    Posted on May 26, 2020

    The 2020 IMD theme “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion” has shaped the month of May during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. During this last week of May, the UP Museums focus on the aspect of equality and discrimination within a university museum environment.

  • The UP Museums and Javett-UP turn iconic pieces from their collections into online puzzles

    Posted on May 22, 2020

    The University of Pretoria (UP) Museums and the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) have transformed key gallery artworks and iconic items from their collections into online puzzles. This was to mark International Museum Day on 18 May.

  • The UP Museums join hands in highlighting: accessibility and disabilities

    Posted on May 19, 2020

    For International Museum’s month in May and in continuation with the global theme, “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”, the University of Pretoria (UP) Museums are highlighting accessibility and disabilities within the museum environment.

  • UP Museums show thumbs up for action on climate change

    Posted on May 12, 2020

    The UP Museums have heeded the call for action and joined this year’s Intellectual Property Day (26 April 2020) by becoming signatories to the call on the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to focus on innovation for a greener future. The UP Museums advocate that climate...

  • Digital Inclusion at the UP Museums IMD 2020

    Posted on May 06, 2020

    International Museum Day is annually celebrated on 18 May and this year’s theme, “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion” is very appropriate. To put a spotlight on this theme, the UP Museums will be covering weekly news topics for the month of May, with “Digital...

  • UP Museums to launch digital newsletter in celebration of International Museum Day

    Posted on May 04, 2020

    The University of Pretoria Museums (UP Museums) is set to launch its first online newsletter in celebration of International Museum Day (IMD) on 18 May.

  • Hashtags keeping up with art for art’s sake

    Posted on April 20, 2020

    Ask museum professionals what a hashtag was a decade ago and the answer would be something rather arbitrary. Hashtags for #museum in 2020 have become so popular and are trending in Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, Tumblr and other social platforms, it is hard to keep pace. The...

  • METAmorphising Archives - Preserving memory

    Posted on April 17, 2020

    The unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic is trying times for many nations and the global community is reflecting on documentation and sources of information in archiving the present for future research. Archivists and many others are asking how one can archive these rich sources and diverse sources of...

  • UP Museum commentary on the South African Tourism Webinar – Tourism Recovery Plan

    Posted on April 17, 2020

    Nicole Hoffmann as the Museum Interpretive Officer and a specialist in Heritage and Cultural Tourism from the University of Pretoria Museums provides valuable insight and professional commentary on the South African Tourism Webinar – Tourism Recovery Plan held online on 14 April 2020,...

  • Cherish an Antique Day - Featuring Fabulous Historical Furniture

    Posted on April 09, 2020

    All over the world, Cherish an Antique Day is Celebrated in 09 April. The UP Museums have a small, yet impressive collection of historical furniture, and one of the key items in the collection is perhaps one of the oldest items of museum furniture in South Africa. To celebrate the world-wide...

  • Covering art conservation @ home

    Posted on April 06, 2020

    Despite Covid-19, work is carrying on remotely at the UP Museums.

  • #UniversityMuseumsFromHome

    Posted on April 01, 2020

    The University of Pretoria Museums are joining the global museum community to best amplify public engagement online through social networks and websites to be somewhat accessible during the lockdown period following the covid-19 pandemic.

  • The UP Museums are becoming BOLD and more beautiful

    Posted on March 04, 2020

    The University of Pretoria Museums aim to become more diverse and inclusive. Therefore, the UP Museums started making their facilities, galleries, buildings and exhibitions more widely accessible to diverse people, particularly aimed at people with special needs.

  • Special Collections Month in March

    Posted on March 04, 2020

    Both the University of Pretoria Museums and the Special Collections Unit (Department of Library Services), hold unique and special collections on behalf of the institution. During the month of March, the Special Collections unit of the UP Library and the UP Museums are collaborating to bring...

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