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The war museum is planning a major exhibition devoted to the fight against apartheid, and it is calling all people to come forward with items of historic interest and oral histories. 

THE Ditsong National Museum of Military History is looking for exhibits and items that cover the struggle against apartheid.


The Ditsong Museum of Military History has an intriguing collection of war vehiclesThe Ditsong Museum of Military History has an intriguing collection of war vehicles and gunsItems it is looking for include photographs, uniforms, equipment, pamphlets, documents, oral histories, or similar artefacts relating to the struggle era, from 1961 to 1994. The museum‘s public relations officer, Allan Sinclair, said it was seeking contributions of items and information connected to this significant era in South Africa.

“We are asking for donations from the community and people who have any information in connection with the history of South Africa’s liberation struggle, as we are in the process of building a display which is due to be opened in 2012.”

He said the struggle marked an important episode in South African history and it was necessary that the museum collected the information relevant to this era, to educate future generations and also to commemorate those who had lost their lives as a result of the struggle.

The museum, formerly known as the South African Military History Museum, was officially opened in 1947 by the then prime minister of the Union of South Africa, Jan Smuts. Following the restructuring of national museums in 1999, it was combined with the Transvaal Museum of Natural History and the National Cultural Museum into the Northern Flagship Institution. Later, it was renamed the Ditsong Museum of South Africa and in 2010 it became the Ditsong Museum of Military History.

It is filled with military vehicles, guns and aircraft used during war, with artefacts from the Anglo-Boer, Anglo-Zulu War, First and Second world wars, among others. Sinclair said the museum did not have any of the required items relating to South Africa‘s liberation struggle.

It welcomed anyone who wanted to give oral histories or any documented information.

The museum is at 22 Erlswood Way, Saxonwold and is open from Mondays to Saturdays, from 9am to 4.30pm.

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