TOPIC:                 What two farm werfs can tell us about the Cape economy and family dynasties in the
C18th & 19th – Babylonstoren and Solms Delta, in the Groot Drakenstein
SPEAKER:           Katie Smuts
DATE:                  Tuesday, 15 May 2012
TIME:                   19h45 for 20h00
VENUE:               The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands

This talk draws on the work Katie did to earn her MPhil in Archaeology, using archaeology and archival research to chart the development of the werfs of two historical wine farms in the Groot Drakenstein: Solms Delta and Babylonstoren.

What she is going to reveal to us is what these developmental histories can tell us about the fluctuating economic conditions at the Cape during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the nature of the relationship between the farms and the Cape wine economy.

Katie will explain how these farms, very different in size and complexity, were both able to capitalise on boom periods, and weather economic downturns as a result of factors unique to each farm.

Katie Smuts is an MPhil in Historical Archaeology candidate, whose dissertation entitled An Archaeology of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Cape Wine Economy from the Perspective of Solms Delta and Babylonstoren, was submitted at the beginning of this year.

She has been a contract archaeologist, specialising in Historical Archaeology but will shortly be joining SAHRA as a Heritage Officer in their Archaeology Unit.

Exciting Short Courses on aspects of Cultural History

The University Museum of the Universityof Stellenbosch, in co-operation with the South African Society for Cultural History is offering short courses to the public on different aspects of Cultural History.

Topics are: Architecture and Old Cape Furniture
Each course comprises 15 hours’ tuition, spread over three days. Courses are SAQA-accredited Level 5 certificate.

The presenter is Prof Matilda Burden, a tutor in Cultural History at the Universityof Stellenboschfor the past 30 years. Contact her: 021-808 3669, or email  before 4 May 2012

At Montebello visit David Krut ‘s latest exhibition: Landscape Re-orientation (28 April – 30 June 2012)

‘’Before it can ever be the repose for the senses, landscape is the work of the mind. Its scenery is built up as much from strata of memory as from layers of rock’’.
Simon Schama

Taking the notion of the traditional landscape, and bearing in mind the South African version of the idiom, this exhibition presents a collection of works informed by the genre.

The landscape stands in for a state of being, but is also instrumental in the formation of our understanding of what it means to be – as individuals existing within communities whose histories have been informed by the territories that we call home.

Landscape emerges as portrait and as metaphor for memory and psychological terrain.

Included in the exhibition: J.H. Pierneef, new linocuts by William Kentridge’s Universal Archive series, Willem Boshoff, Wilma Cruise, Justin Fox, Mischa Fritsch, Stephen Hobbs, Stephen Inggs, Dillon Marsh, Colbert Mashile, Andrzej Nowicki, Julian Opie, RobynPenn, Don Pinnock, Alexandra Ross, James Siena, Sean Slemon, Katherine Spindler, Nathaniel Stern, Mary Wafer, Alastair Whitton and Niklas Zimmer.