John M. MacKenzie
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The South African Museum, Cape Town
in Museums and empire
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Few museums have passed through as many political changes and cultural transformations as those in South Africa. This chapter focuses on two representative museums: the South African Museum (SAM) in Cape Town and the Albany Museum in Grahamstown. These are the two oldest museums in southern Africa. George Grey appointed a commission to look into the possibility of creating a properly constituted museum. Museums interacted with a white populace both through the presentation of colonial identity (natural and economic) and with modes of presentation of black culture. They promoted local and civic pride as well as the wider provincial/colonial sense of nationalism within imperial/international webs of both competition and cooperation. Although forerunners have been identified during the era of Dutch rule at the Cape, the idea of the museum was largely a British import.

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Museums and empire

Natural history, human cultures and colonial identities


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