A basic heritage management plan for the Paul Kruger country house museum on the farm Boekenhoutfontein near Rustenburg, Northwest Province


This document entails a basic cultural heritage resources management plan for the Paul Kruger Country House Museum on the farm Boekenhoutfontein near Rustenburg in the Northwest Province. It is important to note that this is not a restoration plan, although certain aspects regarding the restoration of the buildings and site may receive attention.

The methodology and terminology used with regards to management plans are explained and the legal framework stated. International conventions regarding the protection of cultural resources are also cited. These include the Burra Charter, the Venice Charter and the Conservation plan of Kerr. These aspects build up to the stating of the conservation plan for the site.

Guidelines and principles for the management of the museum are given throughout the document. The prioritization of these principles gives a clear way forward in this regard. These are the basic conservation and preservation principles to be used in managing the cultural resources. The recommendations made in the document are done within the parameters of the National Heritage Resources Act (25 of 1999).

The different site features are discussed in short and guidelines for the maintenance of these are stated. The displays on site and inside of the museum also receive attention. Specific reference is made of the different types of materials and how these should be conserved, preserved and maintained.

The above mentioned is followed by a section on educational programs. A proposed programs and activities are suggested. The document ends with a section on marketing and gives ideas of what can be done to be successful. In conclusion some recommendations are given.

The management plan is an open document meaning that it should be adapted and reassessed from time to time. A continuation period of at least three years is given. However any developments done before the expiry of the three year period should be used to re-evaluate the impact on cultural resources and to make the necessary adaptations to the document. The five year period ends in 2012.

Report by

Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.Akad. SA)