Albany Museum, Grahamstown
Somerset Street, Grahamstown
Opening hours: Museum, Monday to Friday 9 to 4.30
Opening hours: Bowker Library/archive collections – by appointment
Telephone +27 46 622 2312
Digital photography is not permitted
The Albany Museum’s document, photograph and artifact collections are focused around the history and genealogy of British families in the Eastern Cape. In addition to published works, there are collections of unpublished papers, including A.E. Makin and families connected to the Salem district, the Skead Collection of notes on farms in the Albany, Alexandria and Bathurst districts, and others. The Albany has a copy of the Border Historical Society’s record of some 20 000 graves in the area. The Bowker Library is adjacent to the Genealogy Department, and contains a useful collection of local historical material.
The main museum is separate from the Bowker Library, where manuscript collections can be consulted by arrangement. There is no publicly available catalogue of collections. Inquiries will need to be made by telephone in the first instance and also a visit to consult with the archivist.
Last updated: 1 January 2018