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The apartheid nationalist government destroyed District Six in the 1960s. This memorial museum contains maps, photographs and other reminders of this old vibrant neighborhood.
Site walks and tours in the Museum with ex-resident storytellers are also offered.
As it grows and develops, the Museum remains committed to its founding objectives, shaped in a new and constantly changing context. While the historically dispossessed people of the District return to the area as a result of the land restitution process, the Museum commits itself to deepening its memory work by supporting and facilitating the reconstruction of the landscape and the community in both material and intangible ways. The Museum commits itself to working with other bodies to achieve these objectives and to serving as a resource for independent community-based heritage projects in Cape Town as well as elsewhere in South Africa.
In 2002 the Museum was able to purchase the Sacks Futeran Building just two blocks away from the main building. The space now serves as the Homecoming Center. Significantly, its network of rooms serve as a platform for the education of school children, university groups, the Museum’s public education events, partnership programmes and as a meeting space for various stakeholder groups.
An internationally engaged museum of innovation working with the memories of District Six and other communities affected by forced removals, and contributing to the cultural reconstruction and restitution of post-apartheid Cape Town
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The Museum has expanded its work from its location in the Methodist Church building at 25A Buitenkant Street, into a neighbouring building. Number 15 Buitenkant Street – now the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre – is known to many Capetonians as Sacks Futeran textile and soft goods warehouse.
In 2002 the Museum was able to purchase the building from a generous grant received from a donor, Atlantic Philanthropies. The then owner, Mr Martin Futeran, offered a substantial reduction on the purchase price and this put it within reach of the Museum from a cost point of view. The building is ideally located just two blocks away from the original Museum building and is symbolically well situated at the edge of the area nominated as a National Heritage Site.
It is made up of 5 interconnected buildings – nineteenth and twentieth century warehouses with a remnant portion of an old-Gothic style Congregational Church as its centerpiece. At the time of purchase it was in urgent need of restoration, and most of the work was made possible by a Legacy grant received from the National Lottery Development Trust (NLDTF).
In addition to fulfilling the role of being a ‘homecoming centre’ to returning families and a centre for education and memory work, the facility has contributed to the Museum’s financial sustainability by providing space for rental. The Fugard Theatre is currently the tenant occupying the largest portion of space in the Homecoming Centre.
Sacks Futeran has formed an important part of the history of District Six and the city. It is here that the many seamstresses and tailors from the District purchased their fabrics; it is here that families purchased the layettes for babies and wedding trousseau items. The building continues to play an important if very different role in the present, as it evolves into the locale for workshopping and discussing the many issues linked to return and restitution.
The programmes and exhibitions in the two buildings work together to provide visitors with an in-depth understanding of an important part of our country’s history. Most of the Museum’s programmes use the Homecoming Centre as their base for workshops, launches and other activities, and it is also the centre of its administration. The venue is equipped to host film screenings and other forms of public dialogues.