UCT Collections

The following showcase sites highlight the collections curated by a diverse range of departments within the University of Cape Town.

Featured Sites

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 2018.

Climate Change & Sustainability Resources

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

isiXhosa Intellectual Traditions

A showcase site of a collection of early isiXhosa newspapers, with human assisted OCR text available for download.

Reimagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South

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


Explore a repository of historical southern African landscape photographs combined with a citizen science-led project to understand how the environment has changed and continues to change over time.

Repository on African Law and Society

An accessible thematically-organised online repository of African research and teaching materials, includes historical books and journals, grey materials and research reports.

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.

Showcase Sites

Bolus Herbarium Collection

In the early 1900s, Mary Page and Beatrice Carter were employed by the Bolus Herbarium to illustrate a hugely diverse family of succulent plants. Explore a selection of their coloured botanical drawings.

Decolonisation of Knowledge Production in Comparative Perspective (SA & Brazil): Dialogical Archives

Material generated during the post-graduate seminar series on social transformation between the Centre for African Studies, the San and Khoi Research Unit with Brazilian research and teaching institutes.

Of Smoke and Ash: The Jagger Library Memorial Exhibition

The Jagger Library Memorial Exhibition commemorates the one-year anniversary of fire that destroyed the UCT Jagger Library. Explore art works that capture the loss and communal spirit of salvage.

Percival Kirby Musical Instruments

Explore photographs of the internationally recognised Kirby Collection of rare musical instruments, primarily from Southern Africa.

South African College of Music

Since the early 1980s, the South African College of Music at UCT has been recording its regular live performances. This hybrid mix of recordings ranges from Opera, to African Music, Jazz and Western Classical.

UCT School of Dance

UCT School of Dance’s evolving archive houses thousands of photographs, recordings and other artefacts that capture the history of a school and company in motion since 1934.

Collection Sites

Open Access: Adult & Paediatric Uroradiology

Explore a selection of x-rays from the department of Adult & Paediatric Uroradiology.

Physiotherapy Assessments

View medical videos of physiotherapy assessments.


Previously only available in hard copy, the data and documents of South Africa’s first all-race countrywide household survey are now available in accessible digital format.