Luthuli Museum

Online Catalogue

Saturday, 16 Dec 2017

Frequently Asked Questions


Why is there no picture for the artefact I am looking at?

If there is no picture available online for the artefact you are looking at, we suggest you contact the Luthuli Museum directly and state the Object ID to discuss accessing images for it:

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There may be several reasons why there is no picture available at this time:

We will not digitise an artefact if the process will damage the original item in any way, e.g. if it is too fragile to be moved to the scanner or photograph studio without damaging it further. We will, however, continue to seek alternative solutions so that we can make a digital copy of the artefact while maintaining the current condition of the artefact.

Copyright and Intellectual Property laws mean that the Luthuli Museum may not have permission at this time to publish digital copies of this artefact online.  We are working towards obtaining copyright to digitise all artefacts in our collection so that we can make accessing our collections knowledge even easier for you.

Some of the items in our collections are copies of artefacts for which the copyright is held by other institutions. We will gladly put you in touch with these institutions.


I want to copy an image of one of the artefacts from your website but the resolution is too low to reuse it. What can I do?

The Luthuli Museum welcomes your interest in our collections and hopes that you will spread the word about them. However, we have a responsibility to ensure that our artefacts are not misused. We have also spent considerable time and money producing these digital images. If you wish to discuss obtaining high quality copies of our images, please contact the Luthuli Museum explaining how you will use the image:


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I have more information about one of the items I have seen in your online catalogue. How can I share this with you?

The Luthuli Museum realises that its communities possess very valuable knowledge about Chief Luthuli and the Liberation Movement. We thank you for sharing your knowledge with us as it will make an important contribution to preserving Chief Luthuli’s legacy. You can either submit your comments in the section below the artefact details, or contact the Luthuli Museum direct. Once we have verified the information you provide, your name will be published alongside your comments in recognition that you have collaborated with us to produce knowledge on this artefact.


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I want more information about one of the artefacts I have viewed online. What can I do?


The Luthuli Museum only publishes very limited information about its collections online. We have an active Research Department at the museum and will gladly assist with sharing additional information that we have about our artefacts where we can. Please contact our Research Officer and state the item’s Object ID and the nature of your interest e.g. academic research or more general interest.

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I can only view one page of a multi page document. How can I access the other pages?


To view the entire document, first contact the Luthuli Museum and let us know the Object ID for the item you wish to access:

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Tel: +27 32 559 6822
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Why can’t I listen to your oral histories online?

The Luthuli Museum is proud of its collection of oral histories featuring eminent community members and activists personally involved with Chief Luthuli and the Liberation Movement. However, many of these people and their relatives are still alive and we have a responsibility to ensure that their integrities are protected; we won’t make our oral histories available online unless our interviewees grant us permission. If you do wish to listen to interviews in our oral history collection, please contact the Luthuli Museum directly and state the reason for your interest, e.g. academic research. Once we are in direct contact with you, we will proceed accordingly to see how and whether access can be obtained.


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If I donate items containing sensitive material, can I prevent a digital version being published online for everyone to see?

Yes. If you make a donation in the future, we will only publish digital images of the artefact online if we have your express permission to do so. If we do not have your permission, we will only publish skeletal catalogue details about the artefact (i.e. Object Name, Object ID, Creator, Date created, Brief description, People) and will use a standard icon in place of an image.


Will you look after the items I donate once you have made digital versions of them?


Yes. The Luthuli Museum seeks to preserve all artefacts in line with international best practices for collections management. We recognise that digital images are only proxies for actual artefacts. There is no substitute for the original item and we place great emphasis on looking after all tangible artefacts in our collection so that we can preserve them for as long as possible.



“Let the Spirit of Luthuli Speak to All”


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