|" People today fantasize about their youth, but it wasn't only pretty stories..." Mrs V.D.|
Our AUDIO archive contains interviews that include the following topics:
1. Life Histories (Lh/ILh)
An ongoing areas of interest, is to record and disseminate the life stories of people living in South Africa. Through regular interviews with interviewees, we are gathering a comprehensive life history collection that explores peoples life experiences.
2. Arts and Workers (Am/Ac/W/Wd/Wc/Iw/We/Wh)
the way in which people work and play. Interviewees speak of their interest
in cultural activities, music and the visual arts and their experience
of their working environments. This area includes education and teaching,
sex workers, dock workers, jazz musicians, textile workers and women's
histories of work.
3. Communities of the Western Cape: (Cds/Ch/Cw/Cwk/Ci/Cg/Cl/Cln/Cwb)
Looking at forced removals in Cape Town and beyond and its impact on residents and communities. Collections include District Six, Fracreton/Windermere, Langa/Ndabeni, Gugulethu,Informal Settlements, Squatter Communities and Marmre/Atlantis.
4. Politics, Identities and War Histories: (P/Pa/Pm/Pww/Pm/Ps/I/II/Ir/Ia/Im/Ig/Iu)
reflect on their memories of war and politics in South Africa, including
their understandings of identity construction in a complex society. Stories
include Cape flats community politics, Apartheid politics, Political
activists, World War II veterans, Mdantsane bus boycotts and issues
of identity,gender and race including urbanisation and migration.
5. Environment (Ew1/Ew2)
We explore peoples perceptions of the environment around them and the impact of urbanisation on this changing landscape. A second focus looks at heritage sites and the built environment. Examples include Table mountain in relation to District Six, Silvermine, heritage sites in Langa and people who work on Table mountain.
6. Immigrants to South Africa (Im/Ime/Ima/Imas)
People from the African continent, Eastern europe, Asia and the America's speak about their experiences of living in South Africa.
7. Health (Ha/H)
We chart issues of disease, the medical fraternity and health in relation to society. These interviews include discussions with people living with HIV/AIDS, care givers and people involved in medical research and practice.