The value in archiving the records and associated material of the Upington Trial lies in the preservation of key aspects of a particular historical period, both locally and nationally. Importantly, it offers an opportunity for the development of an archive pertinent to the history of a particular community in the relatively sparsely archived Northern Cape.
Generally, when you go off on a research trip to look at archives and interview interlocutors, you do not expect scenery. When first arriving at Morija in Lesotho you are struck first by the landscape, with a sweeping valley running up to the Makhoarane mountain. On the face of the mountain, you see the modern cuneiform of dates painted upon the rock.It was from this base that our doctoral research scholars’ research trip started for Patrick Whang and Sibusiso Nkomo.
The FHYA is part of a multi-institutional research consortium that was successful in 2021 in gaining a third tranche of funding from the Mellon African Digital Humanities initiative. Also in the second half of 2021 the FHYA participated in online training sessions on OmekaS, an open-source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections, hosted by Wiser, Mellon’s Afridig funding partner.
On the 18th of September 2021, Thokozani Mhlambi curated a concert at the Baxter Theatre gardens. This was as part of his Homecoming Tour, following his residency in Paris in 2020. The concert took Heritage Month, and the diversity of cultural influences which make-up SouthAfrica, as inspiration.