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Message from the SAMA President

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SAMA PRESIDENT : Catherine Snel








This year marks a very important milestone in our country’s history as we are celebrating 20 years of democracy. Many institutions have been presenting programmes and projects around this theme and I would like to encourage members to continue showcasing and engaging the role museums and heritage institutions are playing in shaping our countries diverse and collective history and heritage especially these past 20 years. A good opportunity to do so is Heritage Day on 24 September 2014. Please provide us with feedback and photos of your museum activities throughout the year for publication on our website.

SAMA National Conference will be hosted in November by EL & Ann Bryant Museums. The conference will be held at the golf club near Nahoon Beach – and post conference tours offer a welcome but stimulating break for hard working museologists! The theme of the conference is ‘Collections make Connections’ and the first call for papers has already been circulated. The 2nd circular with registration form is now available. Remember paid-up members get a discount so make sure you pay your membership in time!

Thank you to all members for the remarkable role you are playing in your profession.

Catherine Snel



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SAMA membership

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The South African Museums Association has a proud tradition of offering South African Museums and those interested in them opportunities to participate in the development of the sector by contributing to the activities of the association.

To become a member or to renew your membership contact the National Office or a member of your regional committee.

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International Museums Day 2014

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International Museums Day 2014 - "Museum collections make connections."


In museum circles May is associated with the staging of programes and events related to INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS DAY. The theme for 2014 was "Museum collections make connections". SAMA and ICOM-SA encouraged South African Museums to participate as usual. The response was exciting with the theme offering an insightful point of convergence for a wide range of museums.


IMD 2014



78th SAMA National Conference


The 78th SAMA National Conference will be hosted by SAMA Eatern Cape in East London from the 4th to the 6th November 2014.

The theme of the conference is


The Conference is directed at staff and volunteers working in all types of museums and especially those involved in research, collection management and interpretation of collections through exhibitions and educational programmes. The role of management is vital in the type of outreach we envisage in Collections making Connections.

Click here to download the 2nd Circular.

The notice includes details about registration as well as the registration form to be completed and returned with proof of payment.

* Please note that the deadline for early bird registrations is 30 September 2014. Remember to renew your membership to qualify for special rates.


Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 17:23


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