by: Zongezile Matshoba
Grahamstown and the Makana Municipality welcome the delegates attending the 2012 Eastern Cape South African Museums Association (SAMA) conference. The conference, hosted by Albany Museum starts in the afternoon of Monday, 27 February until the 01 March 2012.
The theme for this yea's conference is Multidimensional Museums.
The keynote address will be delivered by the Makana Municipality Councillor, Prof Julia Wells, on Project 200, reflecting on Grahamstown over the past 200 years.
The Annual General Meeting will also be part of the SAMA conferrence where governance of the organisation will be discussed, as well as electing new office bearers.
Delegates will present papers on various topics. These include "Undervalued Natural History Collections" by Dr. Sarah Gess, Curator Emeritus of Albany Museum's Entomology and Arachnology, "Interactive Displays" by Louanne Kirton of East London Museum, and "Bearing Witness to the struggle: Oral History and King William`s Town" by Stephanie Victor of Amathole Museum.
The confenerence will not be about presentations and discussions only. There will be a gala dinner dubbed Colour Evening at Graham Hotel on Wednesday, 29 February.
There will also be a Walking Tour with Basil Mills and Fleur Way-Jones on 27 February, and a short tour to the International Library of African Music (ILAM) where Prof. Andrew Tracy will hopefully inform and delight delegates with his knowledge and expertise on African Musical Instruments.