International Museum Day 2012
On the 18th May the worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day. The theme for 2012 is Museums in a Changing World: New challenges, New inspirations. This seems especially relevant to our Museum van de Caab, situated on Solms-Delta Estate. Not only have we documented and explored our challenges on this farm – the bitter legacy of colonial dominance and Apartheid – but we have actively tried to redress the pressing social and economic problems facing our farm community in the present day in innovative ways.
Farm workers represent one of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups of workers in South Africa. We have been committed to transforming the lives of the farm community that resides and works on the property through the provision of modern housing, fair labour conditions, proper health services, a myriad of social, educational and cultural development programmes, and most especially the co-ownership of the farm by the workers themselves. To this end the museum is staffed by local farm residents. And it seems that both local and international audiences are interested in our past as well as our present as we attracted 30 000 visitors in 2011 alone.
read more on solms-delta.co.za