Archive | Talks

NOVEMBER TALK (21 Nov 2017)

NOVEMBER  2017 – TALK TOPIC: Stofbergsfontein and Churchhaven on the Langebaan Lagoon: the Challenge of Accommodating Change while Maintaining a Special Way of Life Image: Courtesy Stellenbosch University SPEAKER: Jane Prinsloo DATE: Tuesday, 21st November 2017 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads NB: As this is our last talk of the […]

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VASSA Talk – 19 Sept 2017

TOPIC:  How archival research can provide context to vernacular buildings SPEAKER: Nigel Amschwand DATE:  Tuesday, 19th September 2017 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Nigel’s talk will present the various archival sources that were used to research his book ‘1847 dispossession and migration’. He examined the story of three farms […]

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TALK – WUPPERTHAL (15 Aug)

AUGUST  2017 –TALK TOPIC:  Wupperthal, an object of people and place SPEAKER: Marike Franklin DATE:  Tuesday, 15th August 2017 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Wupperthal In an increasingly homogenised world, unique cultural landscapes form the basis for national identity. Wupperthal is a place that reflects an intimate relationship between […]

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TALK – 18 JULY 2017

TOPIC:  Undertaking the Swartland Rural Heritage Survey SPEAKER: André Pentz DATE:  Tuesday, 18th July 2017 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Images from Alex Dodge and The Swartland Rural Heritage Survey by Andre Pentz   Andre Pentz prepared the Swartland Rural Heritage Survey in 2014. The survey has helped enormously […]

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TALK – 16 MAY 2017

DOCUMENTING DEEP HISTORY  The Olifants-Doorn River Water Resources Project: The raising of Clanwilliam Dam: Heritage Mitigation SPEAKER: Wouter Fourie DATE:  Tuesday, 16thMay 2017 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads The Clanwilliam Dam was commissioned in the early 1930s after it was found that the Van Rhynsdorp District irrigation scheme […]

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FEBRUARY TALK (21 Feb 2017)

TOPIC: The impact of new development proposals on the historic fabric of the Bo Kaap SPEAKER:  Prof. Fabio Todeschini DATE:  Tuesday, 21st February 2017 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Prof. Fabio Todeschini will be discussing the controversial new development that recently was approved […]

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NOVEMBER TALK – 15 NOV 2016

TOPIC: The farm Elandsberg in the Roggeberg SPEAKER:  Nigel Amschwand DATE:  Tuesday, 15th November 2016 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Nigel Amschwand will speak on the history of the farm in the Sutherland district which the Vernacs surveyed last year. The farm Elandsberg […]

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OCTOBER 2016 -TALK (18 Oct)

TOPIC: The old hotels of Cape Town 1890-1911 SPEAKER: Michael Walker DATE:  Tuesday, 18th October 2016 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Mike Walker will give an illustrated talk on the old hotels of Cape Town, most of which live only in records and personal […]

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SEPTEMBER 2016 -TALK (20 Sept)

TOPIC: Two histories of Valkenburg: historic farmstead and psychiatric hospital SPEAKER:  Trevor Thorold DATE:  Tuesday, 20th September 2016 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Trevor Thorold will give an illustrated talk on Valkenberg, both the “Manor House” and the Psychiatric Hospital. Valkenburg Hospital Trevor […]

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AUGUST 2016 TALK (16 Aug)

TOPIC:  Tracing the history of the farm Bokbaai on the West Coast SPEAKER: Kathy Schulz DATE:  Tuesday, 16th August 2016 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads This talk will be a powerpoint introduction on how to undertake research in the archives as Kathy will […]

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JULY TALK (19 July 2016)

TOPIC:  Records of a field trip to the Karoo The Karoo Research Group at the homestead on the farm Bloemfontein in the Kareeberge.  Photograph: John Kramer SPEAKER:  Pat Kramer DATE:  Tuesday, 19 July 2016 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Pat Kramer and […]

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JUNE TALK: 21 June 2016

TOPIC: THE STORY OF SILVERMINE VALLEY AND ITS FARMS Image courtesy of hikingcapetown.files.wordpress.com SPEAKER:  Derek Stuart-Findlay DATE:  Tuesday, 21 June 2016 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads The Silvermine Valley has always been strategic in terms of access to the South Peninsula. The […]

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MAY TALK: 17 May 2016

TOPIC: Rock Engravings of 19th-century Karoo domestic architecture SPEAKERS: Simon Hall and Vuyiswa Lupuwana from the University of Cape Town DATE:  Tuesday, 17 May 2016 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads This talk introduces research on 18th and 19th century archaeological residues in […]

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TALK & AGM: 15 March 2016

TOPIC:  Fernwood, Newlands Image from Google maps SPEAKER:  Andrew Berman DATE:  Tuesday, 15 March 2016 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Andrew Berman has been working on heritage aspects of proposals to develop Fernwood for a number of years. He’ll give us an introduction […]

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FEB 2016 TALK: 16 February

RESTORING FLEURBAIX   SPEAKER:  Ivan Flint DATE:  Tuesday, 16 February 2016 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Ivan Flint will be speaking on the work that his practice, Flint Associate Architects has undertaken at the historic farm, Fleurbaix (Previously known as Fleurbaai) on […]

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TALK: 17 NOVEMBER

TOPIC:  Cape Vernacular Landscape Architecture – lessons from Ian Ford: understanding local place-making traditions and interpreting the Werf Rehabilitation at Spier. SPEAKER:  David Gibbs DATE:  Tuesday, 17 November 2015 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00                                                    VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads David Gibbs will be speaking on the work of Ian Ford in historic […]

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TALK: 20 OCTOBER

TOPIC:   A CONTESTED CLANWILLIAM FARM: THE HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF WARMHOEK 1873–1933 Photograph: Warmhoek ruins: Y. Viljoen 2011:  The Story of a Clanwilliam Farm: the history and archaeology of Warmhoek (unpublished MPhil UCT) SPEAKER:  Yvonne Viljoen DATE:  Tuesday, 20 October 2015 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of […]

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SEPTEMBER 2015 -TALK (15 Sept)

TOPIC:  Toontjiesrivier in the Nuy valley SPEAKER: Julian Kritzinger DATE:  Tuesday, 15 September 2015 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Toontjierivier (now called Penhill Manor) Toontjiesrivier is a late thatched house in the Nuy Valley which has a fine four-pilaster Worcester-type gable with […]

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JUNE 2015 TALK

With the third Tuesday of this month (16th June) falling on a public holiday, there will be no talk this month. The outing for June will take place on Saturday 27th June and will be a Cape Town-based outing. The details are currently being finalized and we will send out a newsletter (to paying members […]

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MAY 2015 TALK

SPEAKER:  John Rennie DATE:  Tuesday, 19th May 2015 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads John Rennie will discuss the farms of the Bovlei. John Rennie is a well-known Cape Town heritage architect and a former Chair of the Vernacular Architecture Society. His practice, […]

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MARCH 2015 TALK & AGM

MARCH 2015 -TALK & AGM TOPIC: Cape Baroque SPEAKER: Dr. Hans Fransen DATE:  Tuesday, 17 March 2015 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Author, historian, heritage practitioner and former Chairman of VASSA, Dr. Hans Fransen’s contribution to the literature and understanding of the […]

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FEBRUARY 2015 TALK

TOPIC:  Wood and iron architecture- an industrial vernacular SPEAKER: Prof. André van Graan DATE: Tuesday, 17 February 2015 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads ‘When considering the development of prefabrication in the 1840s and 1850s, one can hardly overstate the importance of corrugated […]

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NOVEMBER 2014 TALK

TOPIC:  Celebrating 50 years of Vernaccing! DATE: Tuesday, 18 November 2014 TIME: 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Mariendahl & Campground Rds. VASSA 50TH BIRTHDAY SOUVENIR We will celebrate our 50th anniversary this evening with the launch of the VASSA 50th birthday Souvenir. This is a compilation of work […]

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OCTOBER 2014 -TALK

TOPIC: A vernacular restoration: Towerwater Aan de Breede Rivier SPEAKERS: Thys Hattingh and Keith Loynes DATE: Tuesday, 21 October 2014 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Our Chairman, Thys Hattingh and Treasurer, Keith Loynes, will present their personal restoration project which commenced in […]

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SEPTEMBER 2014 -TALK

TOPIC:   Langa: heritage issues and challenges SPEAKER:  Bridget O’Donoghue DATE:  Tuesday, 16 September 2014 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Bridget O’Donoghue will examine the reasons behind the establishment of Langa, its typology, significant heritage sites and the challenges in conservation. In 1919 […]

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AUGUST 2014 -TALK

TOPIC:  The Cape Winelands Cultural landscape SPEAKER:  Fabio Todeschini DATE:  Tuesday, 19 August 2014 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Fabio Todeschini is a consulting architect, city planner, urban designer and heritage practitioner, as well as an academic (emeritus professor at the University […]

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JULY 2014 -TALK

TOPIC:  Constructing the past: the impact of changes in heritage legislation SPEAKER:  Mike Scurr DATE:  Tuesday, 15 July 2014 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Mike Scurr will examine the impact that changes in heritage legislation have had on conservation practice. International standards, for […]

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JUNE 2014 TALK

Reflecting on heritage practice: Kanetvlei, Stettyn and Oude Schuur SPEAKER:  John Rennie DATE: Tuesday, 17 June 2014 TIME: 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Mariendahl & Campground Roads Kanetvlei image: Andre Pretorius (courtesy of Stellenbosch University Library). John Rennie reflects on some of the restoration projects that he worked […]

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MAY 2014 TALK

PIKETBERG VERNACULAR: A REPORT BACK ON A VASSA PROJECT SPEAKER:  Dr Antonia Malan DATE: Tuesday, 20 May 2014 TIME: 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Mariendahl & Campground Rds. (Source: http://af.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piketberg) Dr. Antonia Malan, a former Chair of VASSA will give a report on this interesting project. Antonia is […]

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APRIL 2014 TALK: The Vernacular Art of Erich Mayer – Then & Now

SPEAKER: Nigel Amschwand DATE:  Tuesday, 15 April 2014 TIME: 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Campground& Mariendahl Roads Nigel Amschwand will show some of Erich Mayer’s works of the Northern Cape that he obtained from the National Cultural History Museum, as well as some present-day photographs taken from similar […]

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MARCH 2014 – AGM AND TALK

10 YEARS OF VERNACCING SPEAKER: Pat Kramer DATE:  Tuesday, 18 March 2014 TIME:  20h00 VENUE:  The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Campground & Mariendahl Roads In keeping with our 2014 theme ‘Honouring the Past  and Celebrating the Future’’ we invite you to celebrate 50 years with us at the après-AGM party. […]

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OCTOBER 2013 TALK

TOPIC:           GOOD NEWS FOR GANZEKRAAL, WEST COAST! SPEAKER:     Annelise Krüger-Liptrot DATE:            Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 TIME:              20h00 VENUE:          The Athenaeum Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of  Campground & Mariendahl Roads. Ganzekraal is a farm dating to the early 18th century.  It was a key farm in the Groene Kloof (as the area north […]

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AUGUST 2013 TALK

TOPIC: A common heritage / an appropriated history: the Cape Dutch preservation and revival movement SPEAKER: Nic Coetzer DATE: Tuesday, 20 August 2013 TIME: 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Campground & Mariendahl Roads. In this illustrated talk, Nic Coetzer will present a chapter from his book Building Apartheid: […]

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