The Eastern Cape Maritime Oral History Project focused on the collection of maritime oral histories for the geographic area between Port St Johns and the Msikaba River in the Eastern Cape Province. Tahirih Michot, project managed and was actively involved in the conceptualisation of this project through the African Centre for Heritage Activities (ACHA). ACHA envisioned this project as a pilot or first phase of a far larger community based heritage programme. During this project ACHA explored some of the forgotten, marginalised and ignored histories while investigating ways to implement economically sustainable, community driven heritage development activities. This project formed a template for SAHRA to implement similar projects in other parts of the country in the future, thereby increasing the depth as well as the breadth of our knowledge of the national heritage estate.
Whispers of the Sea Exhibition
The exhibition was designed to be an installation of materials gathered during the ACHA Maritime Oral History research project in the Eastern Cape. The focus of the research was on maritime history and water, from the perspective of residents of the designated coastal area.
Janet Ranson was the professional artist that created the exhibition based on the research project findings. She researched different approaches for the accompanying exhibition, working on the premise that a single bold display has more impact than an overload of information. The sound track for this exhibition was created by Eric Michot, a music producer living in Cape Town.
Lake Fundudzi Management Project
The “Lake Fundudzi Management Project: Phase 1” was project managed by Tahirih Michot through the African Centre for Heritage Activities (ACHA). ACHA is a Non-Profit Organization based in Cape Town in Western Cape. The organization focuses on the extensive research and documentation of heritage sites located within the borders of South Africa so as to develop management strategies best suited for the heritage site or local people. It was a project that undertaken by ACHA through National Heritage Council funding. The project entails the production of a sustainable management plan for the proposed Lake Fundudzi National Heritage Site. In addition to this, the project produced recommendations for the development of tools and strategies for future site promotions and management activities.
Shooting at the Moon Round Table Event
On October 31st, ACHA hosted a round table event focused sustainable heritage resource management. A number of heritage industry practitioners joined the event and actively participated in the discussions that took place during the morning. The purpose of the event was share ACHA’s experience during the recent Lake Fundudzi project. Lake Funduzi was declared a National Heritage Site for the country by SAHRA and it was important that such a declaration was supported by an effective management plan. The purpose of this event was to explore the potential implications for sustainable heritage resource management based on the project findings and the experience of the project team during the process and to make recommendations for the site management going forward. ACHA released their first organisational publication at this event which shared the project research findings. Tahirih Michot handled the event conceptualisation and management.