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Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies

The Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies (CTDPS) digital showcase archive is a developing resource to house the history of the Centre since the UCT Dance and Theatre departments' merger in 2018.

Climate Change & Sustainability Resources

A repository of open access educational support materials focusing on climate change and related topics

IsiXhosa Intellectual Traditions (IsiXIT) Digital Archive

Showcase site of a collection of early isiXhosa newspapers.
Run out of the Department of Sociology at UCT (Zimingonaphakade Sigenu, Jonathan Schoots, and Jacques de Wet)

panorama view of Jagger Library ruins
Jagger Fire & Recovery Collection

On 18 April 2021 the fire that engulfed Table Mountain and across a swathe of the southern suburbs of Cape Town impacted several buildings at UCT. This included the Jagger Library’s Reading Room, which was destroyed by fire. Journey through moments and media captured during the Jagger Library fire salvage and recovery phase.

Cover of Of Smoke and Ash Exhibition (Photo by Andrew Juries)
Of Smoke and Ash: The Jagger Library Memorial Exhibition

A collaboration between the Centre for Curating the Archive, the Michaelis Galleries and the UCT Libraries, the Jagger Library Memorial Exhibition was opened on the one-year anniversary in April 2022 of the devastating fire that destroyed the UCT Jagger Library and its archive. Including material from the Jagger site, Michaelis School of Fine Art graduate art works and UCT's own documentary record of the Salvage Process the exhibition memorialised the loss and commemorated the communal spirit of salvage shown by UCT and the wider Cape Town community.

Reimagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South

Comprising oral histories, archival productions, practice-as-research productions and publications, this digital site showcases the living archive of the 5-year research project: Reimagining Tragedy in African and the Global South.

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rePhotoSA is an archival and research project run by the Plant Conservation Unit (Department of Biological Sciences) and hosted by the Digital Library Service (UCT Libraries) at the University of Cape Town. It combines a repository of historical southern African landscape photographs with a citizen science-led project to re-photograph the same views as contained in the original photographs. This approach is called ‘repeat photography’ and a comparison of the matched pair of photographs (historical and repeat) provides an understanding of how the environment has changed and continues to change over time.

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The Centre for African Studies Archive

Centre for African Studies Archive

The architectural plans of the South African College's Hiddingh Memorial Hall building.
The History of UCT Libraries

A timeline of notable events in the history of UCT Libraries.

The Medicine Chest

Disciplines exercise certain constraints on the objects they study – an effect of undergraduate curricula, discipline-specific taxonomies, and research processes. This website showcases one such object – a small medicine chest housed in the Manuscripts and Archives (M&A) Department of the University of Cape Town. The chest has been rendered invisible in this facility because it exhibits characteristics that fall outside of those privileged by the library’s categorisation system and its search engines. The site addresses this blind spot through incorporating a wide range of novel metadata generated when this object intersected with a range of external disciplines also practiced in this institution. It demonstrates its newfound applicability to these fields, hinting at novel connections waiting to be explored.

UCT | Community Media Trust AIDS Archive

For almost thirty years, the Community Media Trust has been documenting the social impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the grassroots struggle for treatment in South Africa. The University of Cape Town is in the process of making this unique film collection available online as the UCT | Community Media Trust AIDS Archive.

Works of Art Collection

Showcase site of the Works of Art Collection of UCT promoting a vibrant and dynamic visual arts presence by building a collection of works of art in line with the University's vision and mission