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The Military Museum provides programmes and activities for all age groups.

A Museum visit will include:


a video programme on the topic of interest
an opportunity to study relevant artifacts on exhibition
a guided tour highlighting the relevant exhibits
an opportunity to utilise our extensive library and photo archive facilities

VIDEO PROGRAMMES

Our extensive video collection includes items on:
Anglo-Zulu War (1879); the Anglo - Boer Wars: 1880 - 81 and 1899 - 1902; World Wars : 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945; Korean War 1950 - 1953; Arab Israeli War 1967; Vietnam War 1954 - 1975; and a number of specialist items such as the development of aircraft; armoured fighting vehicles; edged weapons; small arms; artillery and a number of biographies.
These videos are also shown free of charge on a rotating basis over weekends in our mini-auditorium
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GUIDED TOURS

Tours of the Museum are available during the week between 09.00 and15.00. Special tours can be arranged to cover a specific topic.
These can be especially designed to cover any period of history for which the Museum has exhibits.
General tours are also provided which will provide members with a tour highlighting exhibits of particular interest.
All exhibits are well labelled with relevant information.

SCHOOL PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

GRADE 5

Nature of tribal warfare and dynamics of conflict
Hunter-gatherer groups
Cattle herding
Consequences of warfare
Land use

GRADE 6

Science and technology from 14th century onwards
Weapons and military organisation
Muzzle-loading firearms
Military revolution and its impact on voyages of discovery
Also impact on contacts during voyages and structures (why did they build forts?)
Change in Indian Ocean trade patterns

GRADE 7

Cape Frontier Wars
American frontier (weapons technology
American War of Independence

GRADE 8

Anglo Zulu War
Sekukune (Pedi) conflicts
Gun War
Technological change, how it impacted on the above conflicts
South African War, impact of the war
First World War
19th century military technology change
Land warfare
Naval warfare
The aeroplane
Increasing literacy
Mass production weapons and sewing machines, the logistics of war
Transportation (Railways, internal combustion engine)
Trench warfare (artillery and the machine gun)
Development of trench warfare (applying technology to war gas, the tank)
Mass armies maxamising military strength, changing the roles of women and impact of the death toll of the war
The First World War and South Africa
Rebellion
German South West Africa
Imperial Service Units
Auxiliary Transport Companies
East Africa
Palestine
France
Sense of the wider world
Unsolved problems prior to the war
1922 Strike

GRADE 9

Consequences of military defeat on militaristic society
Reaction to Bolshevik totalitarianism
German nationalism
Cultural components
Radio
Change in South Africa as a result of the Second World War
Industrialisation
Clash of nationalisms
Weapons of the armed struggle
Nuclear Age
War in the Pacific and the Asian Holocaust
Arms race
Korea
Vietnam and Malaya
Use of surrogates in the Middle East
Cold War (Nato and Warsaw Pact)
Xenophobia and genocide
Cultures and societies (universal military service, simple to use weapons)
Balkans, Checnya, Afghanistan
India and Pakistan
Myanmar
East Timor and Sri Lanka



SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND SPECIALISED PROGRAMMES

The Museum is able to provide specialised programmes on almost any historical topic. Some examples of previous programmes offered are: War Poetry; Life in the Trenches; Propaganda and Tolerance.

ADULT FACILITIES

A quiet and restful garden area with shaded seating.
The Military History Society and The Friends of the Museum offer interesting talks and discussions on a variety of topics at the Museum every month.


FACILITIES FOR VISITORS WITH DISABILITIES

All exhibition areas, displays and the Auditorium are easily accessible and toilets for the disabled are provided.

CONTACT DETAILS
HAMISH PATERSON - Chief Education Officer
THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY
P.O.BOX 52090
SAXONWOLD, 2132
TEL:  + 27 (011) 646 5513
EXTS.
FAX:  + 27 (011) 646 5256
EMAIL: Send us mail

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