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Title:New histories in a post-colonial society: transformation in South African museums since 1994
Author:Gore, James M.
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic term:South Africa
political change
Abstract:Since 1994, South African museums have been forced to transform their structures and exhibitions, and to acknowledge their own histories and traditional roles that perpetuated notions such as the superiority of the white race and gave legitimacy to the apartheid regime. Using several specific museums as examples (i.a. Amathole Museum, Apartheid Museum, Distrik Ses Museum, MuseumAfrica, Robbeneiland Museum, Tswaing Museum), this paper examines some of the new initiatives museums have taken and considers just how far museums have gone to cast off their colonial legacies to become representative of all the diverse peoples that live in the 'new' South Africa. It provides a general overview of the main ways in which museums have attempted to transform, and to highlight the challenges and tensions they have faced, and often continue to face, amidst a growing conflict where new histories constantly challenge official and traditional histories and identities. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans [Journal abstract]