This message is in response to an invitation from Gerhard Haupt to
participate in this forum and to promote Cape Town Museums Online (CTMO).
What follows is a brief outline of the CTMO project:
CTMO was launched recently (August 1998) with the aim of bringing the
museums of Cape Town together under one Internet address but at the same
time each museum maintains their own site, compiles their own content,
determines their own design, and retains copyright. Included are the
museums, but also bulletin boards which facilitate discussion and comment;
'what's happening' pages which draw attention to current events and are
maintained by museum publicity staff; and the facility to find the latest
Internet offerings by the museums involved.
Museums currently included on the site are: District Six Museum, Robben
Island Museum, South African Museum, South African National Gallery,
William Fehr Collection, Michaelis Collection, Mayibuye Centre, and South
African Cultural History Museum. All the main local and national museums in
Cape Town are represented at present - efforts are being made to include
other remaining heritage related institutions in Cape Town.
Cape Town Museums Online is sponsored by MWeb [commercial South African ISP, http://www.mweb.co.za] and has a serious commitment from the staff in
all the institutions mentioned and the aim is to provide a resource
suitable for a wide audience from children, the casual browser to the
serious researcher. A strong focus is on education and exposing our
heritage to the widest audience possible, nationally and internationally.
Emphasis is placed on each institution to provide content, and if possible,
preferably do their own web design as this empowers an institution to
position themselves on the Internet.
Cape Town Museums Online's url is