Collections Management
 
 

Introduction

Collections Management
Ngwato headrest, Botswana

The Collections Management Department (Humanities) was created in 2008 and comprises the collections from the Anthropology and History Departments. The first artefacts entered the Anthropology Collection in 1878, a year after the Museum was founded. There are some interesting objects among the earliest accessions, for example, a San kierie, obtained originally in 1846 from the San man who made it and a bow and arrow from the Soutpansberg, donated in 1894 and said to have been taken in war against Queen Modjadji of the Lobedu. The first material that formed the nucleus of the History Collection was collected in 1877. This collection largely portrays the history of Bloemfontein, its surrounding areas and the rest of the Free State. Although there is material dating back to the seventeenth century, the major part of the collection consists of material from the nineteenth century, and deals mainly with European colonial history. Bloemfontein was founded in 1847 and there are a number of valuable objects relating to the early history of the city.