26 June 2010

Walking Tours are an Eye opener

By: Zongezile Matshoba

Fleur Way-Jones, the Albany Museum Historian, and Amy van Wezel, an intern at Albany History Museum, came out dressed in Victorian style for yet another sold out walking tour, Saints, Sinners and Students. This is one of the three walking tours that are a part of the National Arts Festival.

The Saints, Sinners and Students tour starts at Albany Natural Science Museum, and ends at the opposite building, the Old Goal. It takes about 1 hour 30 minutes, and costs R40 per person. Way-Jones said it is important to keep the number low for audibility and management of the group.

The tour started as a museum project in 1990. It visits historical places dating back in the 1800s.

Way-Jones said: "The tour is meant to project everyone into the past".

Asked about the name of the tour, Way-Jones said it was because of the many nuns, the three jails and Rhodes University in a small town like Grahamstown.

Many like the tours especially in the mornings as it helps to give them an idea of Grahamtown and its history.

"Although the tour seems to offer the same thing every year, the audience is always made up of new people who want to leave Grahamstown having learnt something," Way-Jones said. "It is also a service to the town".

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