n Mousaion - Using memory as a tool to build museum collections with special reference to the UWC- Robben Island Mayibuye Archives : the Robben Island Memories Project

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



Robben Island Museum has created a Memories Project to record the 'intangible heritage' of its artefact collection, which is attached to the site. This paper explores how memories of former residents and prisoners were used to contextualise artefacts that have not been well documented.

Examples are used to illustrate some of the ways in which memories and artefacts are combined to give a meaning that highlights the inextricable relationship between the tangible and the intangible aspects of heritage. It also speaks to the validity of using memories in museums today.

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