Local Links

Local Heritage Organisations

Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners
Heritage Practitioners with a specialist understanding of heritage matters, and may include Architects, Urban Designers, Planners and Landscape Architects with a specific focus on conservation; Historians; Archaeologists; Paleontologists; Anthropologists; Art Historians; Museologists; Objects Conservators; and Researchers.

Atlantic Rail
A non-profit organisation providing a unique experience for the railway enthusiast, as will as information on the heritage of rail in the Cape.

Bridges not Barriers
‘Bridges not Barriers’ is a campaign spearheaded by the Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association to resist inappropriate and insensitive development in the Bo-Kaap.

Cape Town Heritage
Cape Town monuments, landmarks, heritage sites, commemorative plaques, museums.

Cape Town Heritage Trust
strives to conserve the architectural, cultural and natural heritage of Cape Town and its environs for the benefit of the inhabitants of the City and of the nation at large.

​City of Cape Town Maps

De Rust Heritage
Founded in 2008 by a number of residents who were concerned about preserving the unique Heritage of De Rust.

Drakenstein Heemkring
The Drakenstien Heemkring is a privately owned photographic and documentary archive, and it s primary function is to serve as a resource centre for the residents of Paarl and its surrounding towns.

​Early Electricity in South Africa
The early years of electricity in the country.

​Green Point Burial Grounds
The archaeology of the GPBG: photographs of sites and artefacts, maps and plans, historical and more recent documents, excavation reports and publications of this important area.

Heritage Association of South Africa
The Heritage Association of South Africa, was established in 1959 and is currently the largest and oldest non-governmental (NGO) organisation involved in heritage conservation.

Heritage Sites
A list of sites in the Western Cape

Heritage Western Cape
with downloadable documents (applications, notifications, code of
conduct, etc).

​International Mission Photography Archive
Historical images from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections in Britain, Norway, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the US, from mid 19th to mid 20th century, of missionary activities around the world.

Jewish Digital Archive Project
The JDAP is a project undertaken by the South African Jewish Museum to preserve the social history of the Southern African Jewish community.

Knysna Historical Society
The Knysna Historical Society has its roots in the Friends of Millwood House, founded to preserve and protect historical records and artefacts of old Knysna, and was established in 2002. The Society now also aims to protect heritage buildings and historic sites of Knysna.

​Mountain Passes of South fArica
Mountain Passes South Africa is dedicated to the research, documentation, photographing and filming of the mountain passes of South Africa.

​National Archives and Records Service of South Africa
Home of South African documentary heritage with nine million public records growing . . .

National Heritage cCuncil
​The National Heritage Council of South Africa is a statutory body that is responsible for the preservation of the country’s heritage. Since its existence it has managed to place heritage as a priority for nation building and national identity.

Simon van der Stel Foundation
The Simon van der Stel Foundation was founded on 8 April 1959 at a ceremony at the Castle, to promote conservation of South Africa’s National Heritage – this included buildings, sites, townscapes, squares, objects and environments.
The Cape Town Branch was formed in the same year and has been actively involved over the years in preserving old buildings. The foundation takes an active part in promoting Cape Town’s history and heritage.

Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation
promotes sustainable heritage conservation and innovative architecture and urban design. The best contemporary design will endure as our future collective heritage.

​South African Archaeological Society
The Society promotes archaeological research in southern Africa and makes the results available to its members and the public through lectures, outings, tours and publications.

South African History
Heritage and identity.
South African History online

South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA)
The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) is tasked in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act (No. 25 of 1999) to establish and maintain an inventory of the national estate.

South African Institute for Conservation
The primary aim of the Institute is to generate and foster expertise in the restoration and conservation of historic architecture, stone, mortar, metals, ceramics, textiles and paper. A secondary function is the Institute’s experienced field unit, the Heritage Conservation Group, which performs highly specialised conservation services for the built environment.

South African Museum Association
SAMA plays a crucial role in the preservation and management of heritage resources in South Africa and provides opportunities for participation and development in the museum field.

Swartland Heritage
Information regarding heritage in the Swartland West Coast Region; routes, guidelines and blog.

The Archival Platform
The Archival platform is a civil society initiative committed to deepening democracy through the use of memory and archives as dynamic public resources.

The Genealogical Society of South Africa – eGSSA
eGSSA, founded in 2004, is the virtual branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa, and provides a virtual home for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.

The African Rock Art Digital Archive
The largest rock art digital archive in the world bringing together the collections of more than 30 institutions and individuals, giving access to more than 270,000 digital images.

Towards a New Age of Partnership (TANAP)
How did the earth’s peoples, cultures, economies, and polities become so closely interconnected? When did our world become ‘global’ and what vital role did Asia and Africa play at the centre of this new international community?

​The Heritage Portal
A news and information platform for the South African heritage sector.
Articles and notices of contemporary heritage issues, news, book reviews and organisations.​
Plus a detailed listing of like-minded organisations / preservation groups / heritage resources.

The South African History Archive
SAHA is an independent human rights archive dedicated to documenting, supporting and promoting greater awareness of past and contemporary struggles for justice through archival practices and outreach, and the utilisation of access to information laws.

The Observation Post
South African contemporary military history.

​The Old Wynberg Village Society
Wynberg Village is an urban conservation area with unique mixed use and heritage value in Cape Town.

The Oukloof Legacy
The story of the Ouklowers – the surviving members of the Oukloof community in Riebeek Kasteel, forcibly removed from their homes in 1965.

Tracing History Trust
Capturing traces of mutual heritage from archival, documentary, archaeological, oral and architectural resources.​

UCT Digital Collections
UCT Libraries Digital Collections represent a selection of material available through UCT’s archival holdings.

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