Luthuli Museum

Online Catalogue


Welcome to our online catalogue

This online digital catalogue is a searchable database of the museum collection housed at the Luthuli Museum.

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Learn more about our digitisation project

Our decision to digitally catalogue and digitise our collection is consistent with the Department of Arts and Culture’s (DAC) wider interest in digitising South Africa’s national heritage assets.

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Looking for something specific?

Click "Ask Thulani" and our virtual Tour Guide will help you use the search function of our online catalogue to find any specific item that you may be looking for.

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Do you have a question?

We\'re passionate about preserving the Luthuli Legacy and are happy to answer any questions. Why not start by visiting our FAQ\'s page for answers to the most commonly asked questions.

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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Welcome to the online catalogue of the Luthuli Museum

Luthuli House

The Luthuli Museum is a national cultural institution charged with conserving, upholding, promoting and propagating the life, values, philosophies and legacy of the late Chief Albert Luthuli.

This mission statement has guided the museum’s collections policy since 2004 when it was established as a national legacy project. Given that under the apartheid regime most documents, correspondence and literature generated by Chief Luthuli were banned, confiscated or located outside South Africa, at the time of the Luthuli Museum’s inauguration the only surviving artefact on site was the physical home of Chief Luthuli.

Luthuli HouseThe benefit was that the Luthuli Museum was unhindered by the collections and curatorial baggage of those museums instituted during the colonial and apartheid periods. This has allowed the Luthuli Museum to engage in a new museology concerned as much with memory and the intangible as with more conventional museum artefacts. Since its formation, the Luthuli Museum has subsequently been involved in a rigorous process of collecting and repatriating oral histories, photographs, paintings, documents and other artefacts to assist with developing knowledge about the Legacy of Chief Luthuli and the Liberation Struggle in South Africa. As part of the Digitisation Project, the Luthuli Museum has made several collections’ items available in this online catalogue.

Since digital catalogues are only proxies for actual artefacts, we invite you to visit us in Groutville so that we can show you around the Luthuli Museum in person. In the meantime, enjoy your virtual tour!

“Let the spirit of Luthuli speak to all.”

Donation and Sale of Artefacts

The Luthuli Museum is continuously expanding its collections and welcomes queries about donations and sales of artefacts related to Chief Albert Luthuli. For more information, please contact the Luthuli Museum Curatorial Department.

Also contact us to send feedback, make suggestions or to request further information regarding any of the items displayed on this website.

Luthuli Museum Curatorial Department
P.O. Box 1869
Stanger, KwaDukuza

Tel: +27 32 559 6822
Fax: +27 32 559 6806

Most popular items

Mayibuye Afrika: Chief Albert John Lutuli 'His story'

VISIT THE LUTHULI MUSEUM or CONTACT US to watch this retrospective documentary on Luthuli's life.Included in the documentary:Footage of Luthuli’s grave in Groutville; stills of his birthplace, Zimbabwe;...

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Bram Fischer Q.C.

Booklet about life of Bram Fischer and his contribution to struggle.

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Rev. Posselt Gumede, A. J. Luthuli, Rev. Dr. John L Dube

In 1914 Chief Luthuli went to school at the Ohlange Institute founded by Dr John Langalibalele Dube, an ordained Congregationalist minister and the first president of the...

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Women...Zulu praise poems

Women...Zulu praise poems. 18 pages of poems by Elizabeth Gunner. Subject is women and Zulu praise poems

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