Welcome to the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies.
The Department of History was founded in 1908 as one of the first academic departments at the University of Pretoria (previously known as the Transvaal University College). The Department of Historical and Heritage Studies has its origins in the Department of History and the Department of Cultural History, which were established in 1909 and 1930 respectively. These two departments amalgamated in 1988 to become the Department of History and Cultural History. The name was changed to the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the end of 2001, so as to more accurately reflect the additional disciplines and fields of study in which the Department is involved – Heritage and Cultural Tourism, and Heritage and Museum Studies.
The Department has as its goal the education and training of students with the general aim of academic growth, and the ultimate development of historians, museologists and specialists in the field of heritage and cultural tourism, as well as professional training for a variety of other professions.
Eight postgraduates from the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies were invited to participate in the Mellon Foundation funded Postgraduate Skills Workshop hosted by the Archive for Contemporary Affairs at the University of the Free State this week.
Masterís student Marcus Melck of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies was awarded a top international award by the jury of the African Studies Centre (ACS) at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Melck was placed joint third with his thesis entitled ĎA history of the Afrikadeutschen of Kroondal, 1849Ė1959'.
This Africa Thesis Award is made annually to masterís theses that are completed on the basis of a study conducted on sub-Saharan Africa thematically related to sociogeographical, economic, political, juridical or anthropological issues or focusing on the humanities, such as history, religion and literature. The thesis has to reflect independent empirical research and must have been awarded with distinction (80% or higher, or a Dutch rating of at least an 8).
In a fitting conclusion to Heritage month, the honours students enrolled for Heritage and Cultural Tourism in the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies celebrated ten years of UP Campus tours (UPCT). On Saturday 28 September postgraduate students who completed the honours degree in BHCS over the past decade and were involved in the running of UPCT gathered from across the nine provinces of South Africa with some coming from as far as Nigeria to celebrate this milestone. This included two of the founding members Cassie Carstens and Vicky Heunis (neť van Schalkwyk).