Research Facilities

Archival Services

The archival collections consist of documents, photographs, rare newspapers, architectural drawings, historical maps and audio visual material. The Voortrekker Monument collection dates back from 1931 and the Afrikanerbond collection focuses on the period from 1918 – 1994. An extensive collection of photographs are available on the Anglo-Boer War, as well as unique material on the origin and design of the Voortrekker Monument.

Professional services include the preservation of archival material as well as the retrieval of information for research purposes. The archives are frequently visited by international researchers and are valued for its comprehensive material on the Afrikaner culture – from economics to education and language issues.

The collection policy includes the Great Trek, the Anglo Boer War, Afrikaner cultural organisations and personal collections that contribute towards the cultural and historical facets of the Afrikaans-speaking South Africans.

The archives can be visited during week days from 08:00 – 16:00. An entrance fee is due, as well as fees for the different services rendered.

The archives can be visited during the week between 08:00 – 16:00. An entrance fee as well as fees for the different services rendered is payable.

Zabeth Botha
Tel: 012 325 7885; 012 323 9050

The SP Engelbrect Museum of the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk in Afrika may also render relevant archival records and is worth a visit.
Contact their archivist:
Mr Nandor Sarkady
Tel: 012 322 8885 x 204.

Genealogical Research

The Northern Transvaal Branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa houses its book collection at the Research Centre. Their monthly meetings take place on a Saturday and together with their collection, the comprehensive collection of the library provides an inclusive service to persons researching their family history. The contact details of the GGSA

Isabel Groesbeek
Tel: (012) 325 7885


The reference library, situated in the modern new Heritage Centre, contains more than 15000 sources: books, magazines, pamphlets, dis-sertations and essays. It houses the valuable Hertzog collection as well as the collection of the Northern Transvaal branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa The library specializes in the history of South Africa and its cultural history. The collection focuses on the language, education, church history, the history of places and place names, military history, family history and heritage conservation. Read more


The Voortrekker Monument and Nature Reserve as well as the Heritage Foundation are responsible for the museum collection under its ownership and should document, conserve, research and interpret through exhibitions, publications or audio-visual material the collection according to museum-ethical standards.

The museum collection is expanded through the selective collecting of objects through donations, pro-active collecting, buying or lending from other institutions. Read more