National History Museum

NATIONAL MUSEUM: Opening of a new Temporary display entitled, ‘Illuminated Manuscripts’.

Our newest temporary display, which will run from February until May 2018, is up! ‘Illuminated Manuscripts’ is a uniqueexhibitionresulting from a collaboration between four of Central South Africa’sheritage institutions; The National Museum (Bloemfontein), Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Bloemfontein), William Humphreys Art Gallery (Kimberley), and The McGregor Museum (Kimberley).

The exhibit explores the predecessor of printed books by discussing the materials, techniques, tools and customs employed when producing hand-made books. On display are a variety of articles and works from the collections of the above institutions as well as many reconstructions of historic techniques, exemplars of available materials, and a wealth of technical information for those who wish to know more.

In order to further explore this fascinating craft a bookbinding workshop will be presented at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in late February by specialist bookbinder and paper conservationist, Johann Maree.

The exhibit will travel to Kimberley, and be on display at the William Humphreys Art Gallery from June 2018. They will present an additional calligraphy workshop and WHAGFILM will screen a beautiful movie inspired by medieval illuminated manuscripts.