National History Museum




Senior Education Officer and Head of Department

Ancilia van Staaden is a staff member of the National Museum in the Education department

Miss Ancilia van Staden HED.   ancilia [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Ancilia received her Higher Education Diploma in 1985 from the Bloemfontein Teachers’ College.  She taught for 2 years at primary schools in Sasolburg and Theunissen in the Free State, before taking up a post as Education Officer at the National Museum in 1989.  Ancilia has been involved with the preparation and presentation of curriculum-based lessons for Pre-primary up to Secondary Phase learners and gives guided tours to visiting groups.  She is also involved in outreach lessons and programmes for schools and libraries, and, on request, gives handicraft workshops to various associations.  As a member of the Public Relations Committee of the Museum, she is constantly involved in the construction of temporary exhibitions as well as the presentation of special functions and open days.

Education Officer

Andries Makwae is a staff member of the National Museum in the Education department

Mr Andries Makoae FDE, BA, B.ED Hons.   children [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Andries started his Museum career as a General Assistant at Oliewenhuis Art Museum towards the end of 1990.  He studied part-time for a BA Degree at the then Vista University, majoring in Education and Sotho, which he completed in 1998. He was then transferred to the National Museum as Assistant in the Education Department.  Andries furthered his studies by obtaining an FDE (Further Diploma in Education) through distance learning at the University of Pretoria in 2003, followed by BEd Hons in Education Management, Law and Systems at the University of North West (Potchefstroom campus), graduating in 2006.  He presents lessons and guided tours to visiting groups as well as being involved in outreach programmes.  He is also responsible for Sotho translations of various texts and documents in the Museum.

Education Officer

Mrs Petrusia (Patrys) Meyer B.ED Hons. patrys [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Patrys studied full time at the North-West University in Potchefstroom for her B.ED degree in the Intermediate and Senior phases, qualifying at the end of 2010.  She started her teaching career at a primary school in Carletonville while studying part time for her B.ED HONS degree in Learner Support, also at the North-West University in Potchefstroom. During 2013 she taught at a primary farm school outside Welkom and in 2014 at a high school in Bloemfontein.

In May 2015 she joined the National Museum as an Educator Officer. Patrys is involved in presentation of curriculum-based lessons for all ages from pre-primary learners up to adults. She is also involved in guided tours at the museum and outreach programs.