A book on the museum and its history

Migrant Labour’s Troubled Past Unpacked in Hostels, Homes, Museum by Noëleen Murray and Leslie Witz

Hostels, Homes, MuseumNew from UCT Press, Hostels, Homes, Museum: Memorialising migrant labour pasts in Lwandle, South Africa, by Noëleen Murray and Leslie Witz:

This book, written by board members Noeleen Murray and Leslie Witz,  explores the museum’s makings, the creation of histories through the oral and the visual and the rehabilitation of structures for the museum, ending with the celebration – and discomfort – of the museum’s tenth birthday in 2010. Richly illustrated throughout, the book includes two full colour visual essays by photographers Paul Grendon and Thulani Nxumalo, taken while working with the museum on projects of restoration and collection.

Preface – Come to Lwandle
Chapter One – Dislocation: Making a museum at the seaside
Chapter Two- Rehabilitation: Restoring a migrant labour hostel
Photographic Essay – Dormitory Accommodation by Paul Grendon
Chapter Three – Museumisation: Inventing an institution
Chapter Four – Revisioning: Images, photography and exhibition
Chapter Five – Retelling: From oral histories to textual pasts
Photographic Essay – On the Beach by Thulani Nxumalo
Postscript and conclusion – The End

About the authors

Noëleen Murray is an architect and academic in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of the Western Cape. Her research offers a reading of architecture and urban planning under and after apartheid. She was the principal editor of Desire Lines: Space, Memory and Identity in the Post-apartheid City (2007), published in the Routledge Architext Series.

Leslie Witz is a Professor in the History Department at the University of the Western Cape. His major research centres around how different histories are created and represented in the public domain through memorials, museums, festivals and tourism. His book Apartheid’s Festival: Contesting South Africa’s National Pasts was published by Indiana University Press in 2003.

Book details

Hostels, Homes, Museum: Memorialising migrant labour pasts in Lwandle, South Africa by Noëleen Murray and Leslie Witz
EAN: 9781775820772