Collection Management

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To collect, curate, conserve, display and conduct research on heritage items relating to the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902.

Collection Theme

The Museum collection consists mainly of approximately 35 000 historic and cultural heritage items that are directly or indirectly related to the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902.


Acquisitions supplement the existing collection and add value to the collection as a whole. The collection of the Museum is continuously expanded by acquiring objects through: pro-active collecting, donations, bequests and purchases. Accepted acquisitions become the lawfull property of the Museum.

The following criteria will be considered when heritage items are evaluated for acquisition purposes:

  • Items must be relevant to the Museum’s main theme.
  • Items must be in a reasonable condition or should be capable of restoration to its original condition, unless the physical condition is integral to the intrinsic value of the items.
  • The legal title and provenance of the items should be established.
  • Items with restrictions will be acquired selectively.
  • Items considered for acquisitioning may not be in contradiction with any applicable governing laws.

Conservation and Restoration

The Museum is responsible for the long-term care and conservation of the collection. General preventative conservation principles are implemented by providing environmentally controlled conditions, security and disaster measures as well as protection against harmful biological and mechanical factors. When deemed necessary heritage items are restored by professional conservators and restorers.


The Collection Management personnel are skilled professionals in their various fields of expertise and they continue to receive training on subjects such as standard museum practices and conservation techniques by attending workshops and training courses.


Continuous research is undertaken by the Collections Management personnel focusing on interesting subjects and related information regarding specific items in the collection.


For Collection enquiries and donations please contact the Collections Manager: Vicky Heunis

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Object Collection

The Object collection of ±12 500 objects range from household objects and clothing to POW trench art etc. This collection includes sub-collections such as the Art collection (paintings and sculptures), the Firearm collection (fire-arms, edged weapons and ammunition) as wel as the Numismatic collection (coins, paper money, medals).


Registrar and Curator for the Ceramic, Textile, Wood and Metal collections: Estelle Knox –

Curator for the Art collection, Firearm collection and Numismatic collection: Vicky Heunis –