Staff and students assist in salvaging library materials

26 Apr 2021
26 Apr 2021

Staff and students from the Centre for Curating the Archive and the APC are assisting library staff and conservators working  to secure water damaged materials that were salvaged from the African Studies Library.

In the conservation tent set up on University Avenue, the many collections that retained water damage on the 18th of April are in the process of being carefully assessed and treated by conservators. Over the weekend, one of the main focus areas were drying a very large collection of photo negatives. Many of these photos are of historical landscapes and formed an integral part of UCT's  Plant Conservation Unit's Repeat Photography Project, headed by Prof Timm Hoffman. Hoffman has pioneered the use of repeat photography to document environmental change and his utilisation of these historical landscape photographs is unprecedented in the region.  

The Plant Conservation Unit housed on the top level of the HW Pearson building, was completely destroyed in the blaze. Salvaging these collections are therefore of extreme importance.