Basil Bernstein’s two modalities of knowledge as “hierarchical” and “horizontal” are useful to help interpret the nature of historical knowledge…
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Groot Constantia: Wine or Slaves?
Groot Constantia is the iconic South African colonial estate. Located on the slopes of the Table Mountain among oak trees, it embodies both its wine history and its epitome of Cape slavery.
The Elements of Primary School History
How does one provide an easily accessible description of history for the primary school (primary school history) that non-specialist teachers can understand and adopt? This diagrammatic solution was developed after…
The Cape Town Holocaust Centre and South Africa
The Cape Town Holocaust Centre is the first such centre in South Africa. At its inception in 1999, its founders considered not only what Cape Town and South Africa could…
Complexity in the Specification of the History Curriculum
Bishop Colenso, Great Britain, and South Africa. A school history curriculum variously gives learners an introduction to historical themes. It does not, however, convey well the complexity of the past.
A Musical as Public History: “District Six”
District Six: The Musical (1987) is arguably South Africa’s most popular musical. It was followed by a number of spin off musicals on the same theme, the most recent of which is a reprise, District Six Kanala…
Defining History as a School Subject
History curriculum documents for schools often contain a statement providing a description or definition of the nature of the subject. Recent developments in South Africa draw attention to the need to provide a justification for the vision and purpose of History as a school subject.
Rhodes must fall! Anatomy of a Protest
The recent protests about the statue of Rhodes at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have resulted in much debate and media coverage. They also present an opportunity to analyse elements of public history and its role.