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.  These are social and learning spaces that provide mostly historical and archival types of information for research and other purposes. The UP Museums and Special Collections accommodate, house, curate, manage and showcase special collections to make these available and accessible to the UP community and the wider public. For example, the UP Museums hold the unique Mapungubwe Archive and primary archival materials related to the university’s diverse art, ceramic and sculptural collections. Whereas, the Special Collections unit of the Library curates the Africana Collection, the de Villiers Roos Collection, and the South African Music Collection, among many others. 

During the month of March, the Special Collections unit of the UP Library and the UP Museums are collaborating to bring attention to and to raise awareness of the special collections of the University of Pretoria, and which are accessible for research purposes.   Both the library and the UP Museums have collections available for research.  Both are creative spaces with the potential to act as quiet reading spaces, as well as social spaces with opportunities to explore exhibitions and to learn new information. 

The University of Pretoria Museums are open free of charge Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 16:00.  For more information or to book tours, please contact the Museum Interpretive Officer Nicole Hoffmann via email or telephone:

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Telephone: (012) 420 2178/5181

The Special Collections unit is on Level 5 of the Merensky 2 Library and is open Mondays to Fridays from 07:30 to 16:00. For more information, contact the coordinator, Nikki Haw.

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: (012) 420 4707



- Author Nicole Hoffmann & Nikki Haw
Published by Nicole Hoffmann

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