FindingGLAMs/Minor grants/Decendants of slavery


The project Descendants of Slavery at Simon’s Town Museum has and will be running until March 2020. It will be the first project that we will collaborate on. The collaboration will take the form of a Photowalk which aims to document sites of slavery in Simon’s Town. The Photowalk aims to encourage participants to rethink ordinary spaces in Simon’s Town and reflect on the invisible pasts that linger in the area. The idea is to encourage 5 elderly participants to pair with 5 youth who will document spaces now and compare/contrast with an archival repository of slavery in Simon’s Town. This will be connected to a map that future visitors (physical and online) will be able to explore. Photographs will be uploaded to Commons during a training session at the Simon’s Town Library (to be confirmed). The map and the sites of slavery will be added to the Wikimedia projects. The photos will be uploaded to Commons and any items will be added to WikiData. The photos will be run through the ISA tool to ensure that there are good descriptions and Metadata added.

Some of the sites for the walk include ‘Black Town’ and The Simon’s Town Museum. Depending on the responses to this, the Simon’s Town Museum hopes to incorporate photographic drives for women’s month and heritage month.


  • Transport - R1000
  • Stipened - R2500 (R250x10 participants)
  • Catering - R3000
  • Materials - R2000

* TOTAL = R8500

December: Discussion and Planning January: Logistics prep and call out February: Final setup and implementation

Expected results, with SMART goals

Documenting invisibilised histories Documenting sites of slavery in Simon's Town Creating a discussion around sites of slavery that are taken for granted Distribute information and images about sites of slavery Being exposed to photographic walks

About me
Simon’s Town Museum is housed in "The Residency" which was built in 1777 as the winter residence for the Dutch East India Company Governor at the Cape.

Simon’s Town Museum was established in 1977 by the Simon's Town Historical Society. The Museum was originally housed in the old Simon’s Town Municipality complex but moved to "The Residency" in 1982. The building has a long history, having been used as a hospital, post office, school, customs house, police station, gaol and magistrate’s court.

The Simon’s Town Museum collects and exhibits the cultural history of the people of Simon’s Town and their connections with the Dutch East India Company, the Royal Navy and Forced Removals.

Supporting organization
Simon's Town Museum Wiki In Africa as a mentoring role

@Islahaddow: – please let us know when you feel the application is complete :) --Alicia Fagerving (WMSE) (talk) 08:59, 20 December 2019 (UTC) @Alicia Fagerving (WMSE): I think we are good to go! Please let me know if you need any other information. Islahaddow (talk) 13:20, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

Decision We are happy to support the project and grant funding up to the requested amount of R8500 (ca. €540). @Islahaddow: I'm going to e-mail you some practical information soon· Best, --Alicia Fagerving (WMSE) (talk) 08:54, 7 January 2020 (UTC)

The event: Decendents of SlaveryEdit

The FindingGLAMs event Decendents of Slavery took place on Saturday, 29th February 2020. It was organised by Tazneem Wentzel the Education Officer at the Simon's Town Museum, Cape Town, South Africa, and was supported by Islahaddow from Wiki In Africa. The event was attended by 8 high school learners from Ocean View and Masiphumelele, whose grandparents had been evicted from Simon's Town during the forced removals of Apartheid. It was also attended by slavery and forced removals expert Maryann Kindo.

Wiki In Africa acted as the fiscal sponsor for this event. Receipts can be found in this Google Drive folder.

budgetted actual notes
Catering: Fran's Place R3,000.00 R2,000.00 eft payment
Stipends: R2,500.00 R1,600.00 cash (8 stipended attendees)
Materials: R2,000.00 R450.00 cash
Transport: R1,000.00 R600.00 cash payment
TOTAL R4,650.00

Challenges The computers at the Simon’s Town museum were slow and there were not enough to host a training session on. Further, participants did not have the required leads to connect their camera devices to the computers in order to upload their images. Once out of the space, the participants did not have access to technology or data in order to upload the images.

Despite these challenges, the Simon’s Town Museum was excited by the response to this pilot programme and hopes to incorporate photographic drives for women’s month and heritage month – COVID-19 restrictions dependent.