2014 Richmond symposium

12th Annual Symposium Heritage South Africa

Richmond Northern Cape Province

Thursday 16, Friday 17 & Saturday 18 October 2014


Thursday 16 October – Saddle Horse Museum Hall & MAP Gallery


11:30 Annual General Meeting of Heritage South Africa Council at Saddle Horse Museum, includes lunch sponsored by Richmond Saddle Horse Museum

10:00 The Versatility of Venison – a cooking class & lunch with Annatjie Reynolds, co-author of Karoo Venison, chauffer to Karoo farm kitchen included. R350 for 10 people only

17:30 Evening Under the Stars – a lamb potjie at the Karoo’s largest art gallery, MAP R100

  • Architecture of Richmond, explained by Prof Wally Peters

  • Layers of the Karoo – Tim Sale & debut screening of Karoo’s 1st documentary film

  • Roosterkoek

Friday 17 October – Saddle Horse Museum Hall & Richmond Country Club

Morning R30 (including tea) for the benefit of the Saddle Horse Museum.

08:30 Registration at Saddle Horse Museum Hall

09:00 A Word of Welcome from Heritage SA, Richmond Heritage Society & Saddle Horse Museum

  • Museum committee shares the history of one of only two saddle horse museums in the world

09:45 Richmond Heritage Area plans unveiled

  • Tshwane University’s integrated development plan for the town’s future

  • Obtain an overview of the plans from the koppie at the Museum’s back door

10:30 Tea

11:00 Josephine Dale Lace by Dr Neil Viljoen, curator of Northwards

  • Northwards is the Herbert Baker-designed Parktown home overlooking the Magaliesberg, commissioned by Randlord John Dale Lace and his wife Josephine.

  • The beautiful and scandalous Josephine (aka Josie, The Bird of Paradise, SA’s most famous ghost), who was born in Richmond on 10 April 1869 is reintroduced for the first time in 135 years. The Northwards Trust portrait of Josephine will be unveiled.

11:45 A discussion on new findings by Dr Judy McGuire, Karoo anthropologist

  • Judy, a long-standing friend and supporter of Heritage South Africa, is a key role-player in Prince Albert’s conservation success.

12:30 Lunch braai R60

Afternoon R30 (including tea) for the benefit of Richmond Heritage Society.

14:00 Historic Homes of the Sneeuberg by Peter Whitlock, Karoo architect

  • Peter is a second generation Karoo architect and Graaff-Reinet Heritage Society member

14:30 How to Save Your Town’s Heritage by Len Raymond and Expert Panel

  • Len is a longstanding past chairman of Heritage South Africa, and recipient of the Simon van der Stel Gold Medal and Western Cape Provincial Award for heritage conservation.
  • Len and an expert panel explain the laws we all need to know

15:15 Tea

Open time for questions and one-on-one with presenters & experts. Learn how to mix mortar & old time mixes and get expert tips.

18:30 Heritage SA 2014 Annual Gala Evening & Awards Ceremony at the Richmond Country Club. R200 for the benefit of Heritage SA. Reservations essential.

  • Classic Karoo cuisine – Springbok fillet

  • Awards – Local & National

  • Wines from Heritage SA’s wine farming friends, Juno Wines in Paarl

  • Dress smart casual

Saturday 18 October – Saddle Horse Museum Hall & Market Square

Morning R30 (including tea)

09:00 Karoo Evolution by Prof Bruce Rubidge, palaeontologist, Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research, University of the Witwatersrand

  • Our chance to learn about origins from a son of the Karoo, raised at Wellwood, Graaff-Reinet, and co-author of The Story of Earth & Life

09:45 Archeology of the Karoo – A Spectacular History: Stone Age, Rock Art and Memory

by Dr David Morris, premier Norhtern Cape archaeologist, McGregor Museum


10:30 Tea

11:00 The Karoo Wool Story, from Farm to Armani, by the Luscombes

  • Witness the Museum Hall’s first-ever live sheep shearing demonstration.

11:45 Cape Dutch to Cape English – the Influence of the Picturesque Movement on Cape Domestic Architecture by author Graham Viney

Certain editions of Graham’s books Historic Homes of South Africa & Colonial Homes of South Africa, are very valuable. You are welcome to bring your copies for signing.

13:00 Vetmuis Lunch. Pre-order your R60 Vetmuisplaaskombuis lunch or buy from food stalls at Market Square.

FREE! Saturday afternoon 18 October – Market Square in front of Town Hall

From 12:30

  • Field trips with experts departing from Market Square

    • Discover historic Richmond buildings with Graham Viney, Peter Whitlock & Prof Wally Peters. See Len Raymond’s favourite house in town

  • Josephine Dale Lace Tour with Neil Viljoen (500 metres in total, departs from MAP)

    • See Josie’s childhood home, siblings’ graves & her father’s office building

17:00 Hors d’oeuvres & Muratie Wine Tasting at MAP Gallery

R150 includes a donation to Richmond Heritage & enough food to satisfy your dinner appetite.

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