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Department of Historical & Heritage Studies

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.

 

News

Postgraduate Students Crossing Boundaries in Tourism Research - 04/04/2014
From Department of Historical & Heritage Studies

The Department of Historical and Heritage Studies was once again invited to showcase their growing research capacity at the annual research colloquium of the National Department of Tourism (NDT). The UP Department was well represented by the team members of an ongoing research project on the harmonisation of tourist guide standards across the Southern African region.

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UP address at International Tourist Guides’ Day Celebrations - 21/02/2014
From Department of Historical & Heritage Studies

To celebrate International Tourist Guides’ Day on 21 February the National Department of Tourism (NDT) held a conference which was jointly hosted by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in Kwazulu-Natal.

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