Melrose House Museum: Memory and Nostalgia the next stage of #RhodesMustFall

Lindeque, Melissa
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The broad knowledge field of Melrose House located in 20th century South Africa explores the notion of #RhodesMustFall movement probing into the complex relationship with colonial and apartheid heritage in contemporary South Africa, do they still fit within a democratic genre? #RhodesMustFall movement challenges decolonising the South African education system arguably contesting memories found in daily South African life questioning the need of 20th century museums, statues and sites. Melrose House Museum, located in Pretoria, is a 20th century house museum with a 19th century collection. Utilising qualitative exploration of Melrose House Museum through concepts of memory, nostalgia and trauma I chart the relationship between #RhodesMustFall and Melrose House museum. The role of 20th century museums in South Africa is establishing and preserving South African history adding historical and monetary value to South Africa. This research falls within the scope of the aftermath of #RhodesMustFall questioning if museums are next on the chopping block adding to the relevance and need of Western exhibition in a postcolonial South Africa.
A research report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Arts in Heritage to the Faculty of Humanities, School of Social Science, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2018
Lindeque, Melissa (2018) Melrose House Museum: memory and nostalgia the next stage of #RhodesMustFall, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, <>